The Dardennes' 79 Favorite Movies.

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When the comfortable sheen of fiction quickly gives way to the unsettling currents of reality, you know you're watching a Dardennes film. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are the preeminent voices of cinematic realism today. Embracing a docu-fiction aesthetic they honed while making dozens of documentaries early in their career, the brothers bring to light the struggles of the working class in their films, such as Rosetta, The Promise, Two Days, One Night, and, most recently, The Unknown Girl.

La Cinetek published a list of the Dardennes' 79 favorite films of the 20th century. The list places a notable emphasis on realism, with films from Ken Loach, John Cassavetes, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Robert Bresson (four films listed). But the brothers' biggest influence was clearly the Italian neorealist Roberto Rossellini, eight of whose movies appear on the list.

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    Police

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    Sous le soleil de Satan

    1987 — a.k.a. Under Satan's Sun, in 3 top lists Check
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    Passe ton bac d'abord...

    1978 — a.k.a. Graduate First, in 2 top lists Check
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    Loulou

    1980, in 4 top lists Check
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    A Woman Under the Influence

    1974, in 15 top lists Check
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    Opening Night

    1977, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    1976, in 8 top lists Check
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    Mouchette

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    Au hasard Balthazar

    1966 — a.k.a. Au Hasard Balthazar, in 17 top lists Check
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    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
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    Paisà

    1946 — a.k.a. Paisan, in 14 top lists Check
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    L'amore

    1948, in 4 top lists Check
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    Germania anno zero

    1948 — a.k.a. Germany Year Zero, in 10 top lists Check
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    Europa '51

    1952 — a.k.a. Europe '51, in 8 top lists Check
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    Stromboli, terra di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. Stromboli, in 7 top lists Check
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    Francesco, giullare di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. The Flowers of St. Francis, in 10 top lists Check
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    Viaggio in Italia

    1954 — a.k.a. Journey to Italy, in 14 top lists Check
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    Accattone

    1961 — a.k.a. The Procurer, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ro.Go.Pa.G.

    1963 — a.k.a. Let's Have a Brainwash, in 5 top lists Check
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    Il vangelo secondo Matteo

    1964 — a.k.a. The Gospel According to St. Matthew, in 14 top lists Check
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    Vakantie van de filmer

    1974 — a.k.a. The Filmmaker's Holiday, in 0 top lists Check
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    De platte jungle

    1978 — a.k.a. The Flat Jungle, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akasen chitai

    1956 — a.k.a. Street of Shame, in 5 top lists Check
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    Sanshô dayû

    1954 — a.k.a. Sansho the Bailiff, in 19 top lists Check
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    Seishun zankoku monogatari

    1960 — a.k.a. Naked Youth, in 3 top lists Check
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    Shônen

    1969 — a.k.a. Boy, in 4 top lists Check
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    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 15 top lists Check
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    Akahige

    1965 — a.k.a. Red Beard, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ikiru

    1952, in 22 top lists Check
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    Le mani sulla città

    1963 — a.k.a. Hands Over the City, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Tarnished Angels

    1957, in 3 top lists Check
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    Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures

    2001 — a.k.a. Sobibór, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m., in 3 top lists Check
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    Cléo de 5 à 7

    1962 — a.k.a. Cleo from 5 to 7, in 14 top lists Check
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    Padre padrone

    1977 — a.k.a. Padre Padrone, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ochazuke no aji

    1952 — a.k.a. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice, in 4 top lists Check
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    Chichi ariki

    1942 — a.k.a. There Was a Father, in 2 top lists Check
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    La strada

    1954 — a.k.a. La Strada, in 19 top lists Check
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    Le notti di Cabiria

    1957 — a.k.a. Nights of Cabiria, in 19 top lists Check
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    Dekalog

    1989, in 12 top lists Check
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    Zendegi va digar hich

    1992 — a.k.a. And Life Goes On, in 8 top lists Check
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    Khane-ye doust kodjast?

    1987 — a.k.a. Where Is the Friend's House?, in 11 top lists Check
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    High Hopes

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
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    Riff-Raff

    1991, in 2 top lists Check
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    Northern Lights

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Les coeurs verts

    1966 — a.k.a. Naked Hearts, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Visitors

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wanda

    1970, in 11 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    The Kid

    1921, in 14 top lists Check
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