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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    Kiss Me Deadly

    1955, in 19 top lists Check
  2. 57 new

    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 115 new

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 29 top lists Check
  4. 146 new

    Lola Montès

    1955 — a.k.a. The Fall of Lola Montes, in 12 top lists Check
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    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Naked Dawn

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
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