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 FĂ©mis. 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. 43 new

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  2. 104 new

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 127 new

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  5. 136 new

    Brigadoon

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
  6. 161 new

    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 19 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source