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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    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
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    1954, in 1 top list Check
  3. 161 new

    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 19 top lists Check
  4. 104 new

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
  5. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source