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. 8 -3

    Invocation of My Demon Brother

    1969, in 2 top lists Check
  2. 95 -11

    The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  3. 186 +2


    1920 — a.k.a. The Parson's Widow, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 189 +2


    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  5. 202 -1

    La chute de la maison Usher

    1928 — a.k.a. The Fall of the House of Usher, in 8 top lists Check
  6. 215 +1

    Le sang des bêtes

    1949 — a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts, in 11 top lists Check
  7. 246 +3

    The Haunted House

    1921, in 3 top lists Check
  8. 430 -1

    Les quatre cents farces du diable

    1906 — a.k.a. The 400 Tricks of the Devil, in 1 top list Check
  9. 536 -334

    The Fall of the House of Usher

    1928, in 3 top lists Check
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