I'm in highschool, and I'm doing an independent study next semester. It's going to be a general survey of European film, and I'm thinking I will spend about a month on French cinema, a month on Italian, and so on. I need a list of a few movies (3-5 perhaps) from each region that will give me the best taste of cinema in that country. I also want to learn a brief HISTORY of the cinema in that region. If anyone could suggest films/directors/actors that I should investigate, as well as any internet sources for the sort of general histories that I am after, that would help me a lot! Thanks!