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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    La captive

    2000 — a.k.a. The Captive, in 2 top lists Check
  2. 2 new

    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
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    Manhattan

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
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    Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma...

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hable con ella

    2002 — a.k.a. Talk to Her, in 11 top lists Check
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    A Wedding

    1978, in 1 top list Check
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    O thiasos

    1975 — a.k.a. The Travelling Players, in 11 top lists Check
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    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 21 top lists Check
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    Suspiria

    1977, in 12 top lists Check
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    Irma Vep

    1996, in 6 top lists Check
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    Sur mes lèvres

    2001 — a.k.a. Read My Lips, in 3 top lists Check
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    U samogo sinego morya

    1936 — a.k.a. By the Bluest of Seas, in 3 top lists Check
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    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
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    I pugni in tasca

    1965 — a.k.a. Fists in the Pocket, in 9 top lists Check
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    Sommaren med Monika

    1953 — a.k.a. Summer with Monika, in 5 top lists Check
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    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tiexi qu

    2002 — a.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, in 8 top lists Check
  18. 18 new

    The Party

    1968, in 5 top lists Check
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    Les valseuses

    1974 — a.k.a. Going Places, in 5 top lists Check
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    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
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    The River

    1928, in 1 top list Check
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    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
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    De bruit et de fureur

    1988 — a.k.a. Sound and Fury, in 1 top list Check
  24. 24 new

    Jaguar

    1979, in 0 top lists Check
  25. 25 new

    Freaks

    1932 — a.k.a. The Monster Show, in 16 top lists Check
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    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
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    Viridiana

    1961, in 23 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 28 top lists Check
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    Boy Meets Girl

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
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    Le jour se lève

    1939 — a.k.a. Daybreak, in 12 top lists Check
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    Shadows

    1959, in 11 top lists Check
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    Thérèse

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    Les bonnes femmes

    1960 — a.k.a. The Good Time Girls, in 4 top lists Check
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    Bab el hadid

    1958 — a.k.a. Cairo Station, in 6 top lists Check
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    Oasiseu

    2002 — a.k.a. Oasis, in 5 top lists Check
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    Modern Times

    1936, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
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    Yeelen

    1987 — a.k.a. Brightness, in 9 top lists Check
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    Quai des Orfèvres

    1947 — a.k.a. Jenny Lamour, in 6 top lists Check
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    Le testament d'Orphée, ou ne me demandez pas...

    1960 — a.k.a. The Testament of Orpheus, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
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    Crash

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
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    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rosetta

    1999, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
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    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
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    Beau travail

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
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    Blow Out

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
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    San Clemente

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
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    Riso amaro

    1949 — a.k.a. Bitter Rice, in 4 top lists Check
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