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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    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 29 top lists Check
  2. 208 +1

    Les vampires

    1915, in 13 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 420 -6

    Le voyage dans la lune

    1902 — a.k.a. A Trip to the Moon, in 13 top lists Check
  5. 427 -6

    Le voyage à travers l'impossible

    1904 — a.k.a. The Voyage Across the Impossible, in 4 top lists Check
  6. 428 -13

    Le palais des mille et une nuits

    1905 — a.k.a. The Palace of Arabian Knights, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 432 -7

    Le tunnel sous La Manche ou Le cauchemar...

    1907 — a.k.a. Tunneling the English Channel, in 3 top lists Check
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