Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema

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A very special series of films screened on a repertory basis, the Essential Cinema Repertory collection consists of programs of shorts and hundreds of features assembled in 1970-75 by Anthology’s Film Selection Committee – James Broughton, Ken Kelman, Peter Kubelka, P. Adams Sitney, and Jonas Mekas. It was an ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema. The project was never completed but even in its unfinished state the series provides an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history. The titles are still being screened under the brand of "Essential Cinema". Now and then additional titles are added to the collection.

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  1. 537 -8

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 224 +2

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 254 -1

    Arnulf Rainer

    1960, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 138 +3

    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
  5. 487 -7

    Wavelength

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
  6. 212 +1

    Blonde Cobra

    1963, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 41 +3

    Mothlight

    1963, in 6 top lists Check
  8. 252 -

    Adebar

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
  9. 484 -7

    Flaming Creatures

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
  10. 188 +2

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  11. 271 -1

    The Music Box

    1932, in 8 top lists Check
  12. 457 -7

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  13. 225 -

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 22 top lists Check
  14. 195 -

    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
  15. 154 +1

    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 28 top lists Check
  16. 443 -6

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 32 top lists Check
  17. 529 -7

    Blow Job

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 253 +2

    Schwechater

    1958, in 3 top lists Check
  19. 155 -10

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
  20. 462 -5

    Triumph des Willens

    1935 — a.k.a. Triumph of the Will, in 16 top lists Check
  21. 139 -1

    L'âge d'or

    1930 — a.k.a. L'Age d'Or, in 15 top lists Check
  22. 123 -4

    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 16 top lists Check
  23. 27 +8

    Desistfilm

    1954, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 177 +2

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    1943, in 10 top lists Check
  25. 13 -2

    All My Life

    1966, in 2 top lists Check
  26. 259 +1

    Film in Which There Appear Edge Lettering,...

    1966, in 1 top list Check
  27. 248 -

    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
  28. 158 -1

    La belle et la bête

    1946 — a.k.a. Beauty and the Beast, in 24 top lists Check
  29. 35 -1

    Cat's Cradle

    1959, in 2 top lists Check
  30. 527 -6

    Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

    1933 — a.k.a. Zero for Conduct, in 17 top lists Check
  31. 522 -35

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  32. 7 +2

    Scorpio Rising

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 36 +17

    Sirius Remembered

    1959, in 3 top lists Check
  34. 420 -6

    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
  35. 100 -3

    The Wold Shadow

    1972, in 2 top lists Check
  36. 191 -2

    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
  37. 122 +1

    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
  38. 8 -3

    Invocation of My Demon Brother

    1969, in 2 top lists Check
  39. 528 -9

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  40. 189 +2

    Vampyr

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  41. 233 +1

    Little Stabs at Happiness

    1960, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 183 +1

    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 15 top lists Check
  43. 169 -1

    Centuries of June

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
  44. 39 +54

    Thigh Line Lyre Triangular

    1961, in 1 top list Check
  45. 9 -3

    Kustom Kar Kommandos

    1970, in 1 top list Check
  46. 459 -6

    Rhythmus 21

    1923, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 165 +8

    Rose Hobart

    1936, in 4 top lists Check
  48. 219 -1

    Serene Velocity

    1970, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 110 -3

    Blazes

    1961, in 2 top lists Check
  50. 220 +1

    Un chant d'amour

    1950 — a.k.a. A Song of Love, in 7 top lists Check