Or "Cinema Studies" as films are rarely made on film anymore...
  1. Citizen Kane
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    At least 5 times. But somehow each time it just gets better and better. Plus you may be lucky enough to have a cool TA mention that the song "Union Forever" by The White Stripes was inspired by this film. Felt I had to mention that.
  2. Un Chien Andolou
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    The eyeball scene in particular. Surrealism out the wazoo.
  3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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    German expressionism out the wazoo.
  4. Man With A Movie Camera
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    AKA "A Very Dizzy Day in Soviet Russia"
  5. Voyage Dans La Lune
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    So playful but so intricate and lovely.
  6. Birth Of A Nation
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    Not gonna lie I fell asleep the first time.
  7. Nosferatu
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    I had already seen this but I remember watching this in my first year intro class. I came to class hungover and knew this was a silent film so I just listened to Caribou with one earphone as I watched. Quite a memorable experience.
  8. Steamboat Willie
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    With each viewing you will learn more about the sneaky ways of Walt Disney and his empire. Felix the Cat will now always trump Mickey in my books.
  9. Psycho
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    The shower scene alone you will have to see at least 7 times.
  10. Rear Window
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    A little more Hitchcock of course.
  11. Breathless
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    I've always wanted to be a New York Herald Tribune paper girl for Halloween but I don't think many people would get it... Still a major film of studying the New Wave of French cinema.
  12. The 400 Blows
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    If I mention Breathless then obviously this one too.
  13. Bicycle Thieves
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    Two words. Italian Neorealism.
  14. Sunset Boulevard
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    If I had to watch one film for the rest of my life it would be this film. I adored every viewing of this film in my classes.
  15. Battleship Potemkin
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    For the Odessa steps scene.
  16. Apocalypse Now
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    Classic.
  17. Jaws
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    Classic.
  18. Metropolis
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    Suggested by @PeteOnEarth
  19. Au Revoir Les Enfants
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    Suggested by @PeteOnEarth
  20. 2001: A Space Odyssey
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    Suggested by @PeteOnEarth
  21. Rashomon
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    Or any Kurosawa, I suppose.
    Suggested by @PeteOnEarth
  22. Nanook of the North
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    If only it had Fred Armisen In it
    Suggested by @gus7464
  23. Meshes of the Afternoon
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    Maya Deren
    Suggested by @jannychan
  24. City Lights
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    Silent movie by and starring Charlie Chaplin. Lovely and iconic.
    Suggested by @angela3950
  25. At least one Howard Hawks film.
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    Probably The French Connection... if you're lucky.
    Suggested by @HisDudeness
  26. Ivan's childhood
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    Suggested by @itsohlivia
  27. The Seventh Seal
    Suggested by @TiernEnmy