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. 443 -6

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  3. 155 -10

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 154 +1

    The Gold Rush

    1925, in 29 top lists Check
  5. 188 +2

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
  6. 457 -7

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  7. 225 -

    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
  8. 141 -1

    Los olvidados

    1950 — a.k.a. The Young and the Damned, in 23 top lists Check
  9. 224 +2

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  10. 528 -9

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  11. 492 -7

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  12. 191 -2

    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
  13. 122 +1

    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
  14. 123 -4

    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 17 top lists Check
  15. 121 +3

    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
  16. 159 +1

    Orphée

    1950 — a.k.a. Orpheus, in 17 top lists Check
  17. 527 -6

    Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège

    1933 — a.k.a. Zero for Conduct, in 16 top lists Check
  18. 139 -1

    L'âge d'or

    1930 — a.k.a. L'Age d'Or, in 15 top lists Check
  19. 183 +1

    Zemlya

    1930 — a.k.a. Earth, in 15 top lists Check
  20. 120 -

    Journal d'un curé de campagne

    1951 — a.k.a. Diary of a Country Priest, in 14 top lists Check
  21. 196 +3

    Stachka

    1925 — a.k.a. Strike, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 190 +2

    Vredens dag

    1943 — a.k.a. Day of Wrath, in 14 top lists Check
  23. 197 +1

    Oktyabr

    1927 — a.k.a. October (Ten Days that Shook the World), in 13 top lists Check
  24. 448 -6

    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
  25. 192 -6

    Gertrud

    1964, in 11 top lists Check
  26. 124 -2

    Mouchette

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
  27. 203 +1

    Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantômas: In the Shadow of the Guillotine, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 484 -7

    Flaming Creatures

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
  29. 182 -

    Arsenal

    1929, in 7 top lists Check
  30. 119 +2

    Les dames du Bois de Boulogne

    1945, in 7 top lists Check
  31. 453 -7

    Mat

    1926 — a.k.a. Mother, in 7 top lists Check
  32. 187 -

    Michael

    1924, in 7 top lists Check
  33. 157 +1

    Le sang d'un poète

    1932 — a.k.a. The Blood of a Poet, in 7 top lists Check
  34. 534 -6

    Chelsea Girls

    1966, in 6 top lists Check
  35. 206 +1

    Fantômas contre Fantômas

    1914 — a.k.a. Fantomas: The Mysterious Finger Print, in 6 top lists Check
  36. 207 +1

    Le faux magistrat

    1914 — a.k.a. Fantômas: The False Magistrate, in 6 top lists Check
  37. 204 +1

    Juve contre Fantômas

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantomas: The Man in Black, in 6 top lists Check
  38. 205 +1

    Le mort qui tue

    1913 — a.k.a. Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed, in 6 top lists Check
  39. 2 +1

    Fireworks

    1949, in 5 top lists Check
  40. 249 +2

    Ménilmontant

    1926, in 5 top lists Check
  41. 125 -

    Une femme douce

    1969 — a.k.a. A Gentle Woman, in 4 top lists Check
  42. 250 -

    Rapt

    1934 — a.k.a. The Kidnapping, in 4 top lists Check
  43. 198 +2

    Staroye i novoye

    1929 — a.k.a. Old and New, in 4 top lists Check
  44. 201 +2

    La glace à trois faces

    1927 — a.k.a. The Three-Sided Mirror, in 3 top lists Check
  45. 184 -1

    Ivan

    1932, in 3 top lists Check
  46. 186 +2

    Prästänkan

    1920 — a.k.a. The Parson's Widow, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 72 -25

    Scenes from Under Childhood Section #1

    1967, in 3 top lists Check
  48. 226 +3

    Une simple histoire

    1959 — a.k.a. A Simple Story, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 181 +4

    Zvenigora

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 185 -4

    Aerograd

    1935 — a.k.a. Frontier, in 2 top lists Check
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