Alain Bergala's "The 208 Films That You Must Have Seen"

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This list was compiled by French film critic and historian Alain Bergala, which he distributes to students upon their orientation at the Paris Film Academy, La Fémis. This version of his list was handed out in 2010.

The list is not a compilation of the best films nor the most important ones, but was designed merely as a starting point for prospective filmmakers and students to learn about the history of cinema. One film a week for the duration of their four-year program.

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  1. 2 new

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
  2. 5 new

    Hable con ella

    2002 — a.k.a. Talk to Her, in 12 top lists Check
  3. 8 new

    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 21 top lists Check
  4. 9 new

    Suspiria

    1977, in 13 top lists Check
  5. 33 new

    Les bonnes femmes

    1960 — a.k.a. The Good Time Girls, in 4 top lists Check
  6. 48 new

    Blow Out

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
  7. 58 new

    L'humanité

    1999 — a.k.a. Humanité, in 3 top lists Check
  8. 94 new

    Vertigo

    1958, in 43 top lists Check
  9. 123 new

    Lost Highway

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 127 new

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  11. 171 new

    Salvatore Giuliano

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 194 new

    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  13. 200 new

    Der Name der Rose

    1986 — a.k.a. The Name of the Rose, in 1 top list Check
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