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In 2008, for the 65th Venice film festival, a panel led by Italian film critic Fabio Ferzetti chose 100 Italian films made between 1942 and 1978 that they deemed essential to Italian cinema.

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    4 passi fra le nuvole

    1942 — a.k.a. Four Steps in the Clouds, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ossessione

    1943, in 12 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 24 top lists Check
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    Paisà

    1946 — a.k.a. Paisan, in 14 top lists Check
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    Sciuscià

    1946 — a.k.a. Shoeshine, in 10 top lists Check
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    L'onorevole Angelina

    1947 — a.k.a. Angelina, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 34 top lists Check
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    La terra trema

    1948 — a.k.a. The Earth Trembles, in 10 top lists Check
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    Riso amaro

    1949 — a.k.a. Bitter Rice, in 4 top lists Check
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    La città dolente

    1949 — a.k.a. City of Pain, in 1 top list Check
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    Cielo sulla palude

    1949 — a.k.a. Heaven Over the Marshes, in 1 top list Check
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    Stromboli

    1950, in 7 top lists Check
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    Catene

    1949 — a.k.a. Chains, in 3 top lists Check
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    Il cammino della speranza

    1950 — a.k.a. The Path of Hope, in 2 top lists Check
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    Domenica d'agosto

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunday in August, in 2 top lists Check
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    Cronaca di un amore

    1950 — a.k.a. Story of a Love Affair, in 3 top lists Check
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    Luci del varietà

    1951 — a.k.a. Variety Lights, in 3 top lists Check
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    Prima comunione

    1950 — a.k.a. Father's Dilemma, in 1 top list Check
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    Bellissima

    1951, in 6 top lists Check
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    Due soldi di speranza

    1952 — a.k.a. Two Cents Worth of Hope, in 4 top lists Check
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    Guardie e ladri

    1951 — a.k.a. Cops and Robbers, in 2 top lists Check
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    Miracolo a Milano

    1951 — a.k.a. Miracle in Milan, in 7 top lists Check
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    La famiglia Passaguai

    1951 — a.k.a. The Passaguai Family, in 1 top list Check
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    Umberto D.

    1952, in 14 top lists Check
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    Europa '51

    1952 — a.k.a. Europe '51, in 8 top lists Check
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    Lo sceicco bianco

    1952 — a.k.a. The White Sheik, in 5 top lists Check
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    Totò a colori

    1952 — a.k.a. Toto in Color, in 3 top lists Check
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    Don Camillo

    1952, in 2 top lists Check
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    Pane, amore e fantasia

    1953 — a.k.a. Bread, Love and Dreams, in 3 top lists Check
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    I vitelloni

    1953 — a.k.a. I Vitelloni, in 8 top lists Check
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    La spiaggia

    1954 — a.k.a. Riviera, in 1 top list Check
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    Napoletani a Milano

    1953 — a.k.a. Neapolitans in Milan, in 1 top list Check
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    Febbre di vivere

    1953 — a.k.a. Eager to Live, in 1 top list Check
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    La provinciale

    1953 — a.k.a. The Wayward Wife, in 1 top list Check
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    Carosello napoletano

    1954 — a.k.a. Neapolitan Carousel, in 2 top lists Check
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    Il sole negli occhi

    1953 — a.k.a. Empty Eyes, in 1 top list Check
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    L'oro di Napoli

    1954 — a.k.a. The Gold of Naples, in 1 top list Check
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    Un americano a Roma

    1954 — a.k.a. An American in Rome, in 2 top lists Check
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    L'arte di arrangiarsi

    1955 — a.k.a. The Art of Getting Along, in 2 top lists Check
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    Senso

    1954 — a.k.a. Livia, in 12 top lists Check
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    La strada

    1954 — a.k.a. La Strada, in 19 top lists Check
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    Una donna libera

    1954 — a.k.a. A Free Woman, in 2 top lists Check
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    Gli sbandati

    1955 — a.k.a. Abandoned, in 1 top list Check
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    Un eroe dei nostri tempi

    1957 — a.k.a. A Hero of Our Times, in 1 top list Check
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    Poveri ma belli

    1957 — a.k.a. Poor But Beautiful, in 2 top lists Check
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    Il grido

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cry, in 7 top lists Check
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    Le notti di Cabiria

    1957 — a.k.a. Nights of Cabiria, in 20 top lists Check
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    I soliti ignoti

    1958 — a.k.a. Big Deal on Madonna Street, in 8 top lists Check
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    Arrangiatevi

    1959 — a.k.a. You're on Your Own, in 1 top list Check
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    La grande guerra

    1959 — a.k.a. The Great War, in 6 top lists Check
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