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The 156* Films You Must Have Seen from La Fémis

La Fémis film school's list of films for "understanding" the cinema, it's history and it's style, listed by Tim Palmer in his book Brutal Intimacy.

This list does not completely add up to 156 due to the span of the Peleshian films which are here individually and not as one program. The Melies and Lumiere film programs are listed here in single documentaries. One can surmise that you may watch them here or individually outside of documetary format.

I believe this to be the most comprehensive and correct version of this list.

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Manhattan
  • The Travelling Players
  • L'Avventura
  • Suspiria
  • Irma Vep
  • By the Bluest of Seas
  • Casque d'Or
  • Fists in the Pocket
  • Summer with Monika
  • The Conformist
  • Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
  • Going Places
  • The River
  • Pickpocket
  • Sound and Fury
  • Freaks
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Viridiana
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Le Jour Se Lève
  • Shadows
  • Thérèse
  • The Good Girls
  • Cairo Station
  • Modern Times
  • Yeelen
  • Testament of Orpheus
  • The Godfather
  • Crash
  • A Star Is Born
  • The Ten Commandments
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Dressed to Kill
  • San Clemente
  • Bitter Rice
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument
  • Ponette
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Earth
  • Ordet
  • India Song
  • Pépé le Moko
  • Unforgiven
  • The General Line
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • The Mother and the Whore
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Dillinger Is Dead
  • Nanook of the North
  • The Searchers
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Liberty at Night
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Histoire(s) du Cinéma 1a: All the (Hi)stories
  • Stormy Waters
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Bonne chance
  • Rio Bravo
  • Vertigo
  • A City of Sadness
  • A Touch of Zen
  • The Misfits
  • Farewell, Home Sweet Home
  • Drifting Clouds
  • On the Waterfront
  • The General
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • A Short Film About Love
  • The Shining
  • Seven Samurai
  • Metropolis
  • Fury
  • Shoah
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Ladies Man
  • Time Without Pity
  • The Shop Around the Corner
  • The Lumière Brothers' First Films
  • Lost Highway
  • An Affair to Remember
  • The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun
  • The Barefoot Contessa
  • Winchester '73
  • Sans Soleil
  • Monkey Business
  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches
  • Georges Méliès: Cinema Magician
  • Bob le Flambeur
  • Brigadoon
  • The River
  • Spirited Away