The world cinema canon

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The world cinema canon

Postby Johndav » Sun Feb 26, 2006 2:27 pm

I know we've already got loads of films catalogued with reviews , but i've simply tried to give an extensive (rather than exclusive) list of films from a range of countries, which may interest cinephiles as most essential for viewing- to occupy a whole lifetime! I originally did 500 but it overflowed. Any further suggestions welcome.

Abraham Valley (Oliveira)
Accatone (Pasolini)
An Actor's Revenge (Ichikawa)
Actress (Kwan)
Adoption (Meszaros)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Reiniger)
After Life (Kore-eda)
L'Age d'Or (Bunuel)
Aguirre Wrath of God (Herzog)
Ai no Corrida (Oshima)
Ajantrik (Ghatak)
Akira (Otomo)
Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein)
Alice (Svankmajer)
Alice in the Cities (Wenders)
All about Lily Chou Chou (Iwai)
All about my Mother (Almodovar)
All Night Long (Akerman)
Alphaville (Godard)
Alsino and the Condor (Littin)
Les Amants du Pont Neuf (Carax)
Amarcord (Fellini)
Amelie (Jeunet)
The American Friend (Wenders)
Amor de Perdicao (Oliveira)
Amores Perros (Inarritu)
L'Amour Fou (Rivette)
Ana and the Wolves (Saura)
A Nos Amours (Pialat)
A Nous la Liberte (Clair)
And Life Goes On (Kiarostami)
Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
Angel's Egg (Oshii)
Angi Vera (Gabor)
Aniki Bobo (Oliveira)
Anne and Muriel (Truffaut)
Another Way (Makk)
Antonia's Line (Gorris)
Antonio das Mortes (Rocha)
L'Appartement (Mimouni)
The Apple (S.Makhmalbaf)
A Propos de Nice (Vigo)
Apu trilogy (Ray)
Are you Nervous? (De Leon)
L'Argent (Bresson)
L'Argent (L'Herbier)
Ariel (Kaurismaki)
Army in the Shadows (Melville)
Arsenal (Dovzhenko)
The Ascent (Shepitko)
Ashes and Diamonds (Wajda)
Ashes of Time (Wong)
Ashik Kerib (Paradjanov)
Asthenic Syndrome (Muratova)
L'Atalante (Vigo)
At the Height of Summer (Tran Anh-Hung)
The Attached Balloon (Zheliazkova)
Audition (Miike)
Au Hasard Balthazar (Bresson)
Au Revoir les Enfants (Malle)
An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
L'Avventura (Antonioni)
Awara (Kapoor)
Ay! Carmela (Saura)

Bab el Shams (Nasrallah)
Babette's Feast (Axel)
Baiju Bawra (Bhatt)
The Baker's Wife (Pagnol)
Le Bal (Scola)
Balkanski Spijun (Kovacevic, Nicolic)
Ballad of a Soldier (Chukhrai)
The Ballad of Narayama (Imamura)
The Ball at the House of Anjo (Yoshimura)
Bande a Part (Godard)
The Bandit (Turgul)
Barbarian Invasions (Arcand)
Barren Lives (Dos Santos)
Bashu the little Stranger (Beiza'i)
The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo)
The Battle of Chile (Guzman)
Battle Royale (Fukasaku)
Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein)
The Beat that my Heart Skipped (Audiard)
Beau Travail (Denis)
Before the Revolution (Bertolucci)
The Beginning (Panfilov)
Beginning and End (Ripstein)
Beijing Bicycle (Wang)
Belle de Jour (Bunuel)
La Belle et la Bete (Cocteau)
La Belle Noiseuse (Rivette)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (Fassbinder)
Berlin Symphony of a Great City (Ruttmann)
La Bete Humaine (Renoir)
A Better Tomorrow (Woo)
Betty Blue (Beineix)
Bhuvan Shome (Sen)
Bicycle Thieves (De Sica)
The Big Blue (Besson)
Big Deal on Madonna Street (Monicelli)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Fassbinder)
Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf)
Black Girl (Sembene)
Black God White Devil (Rocha)
Black Orpheus (Camus)
Black Rain (Imamura)
Black Sunday (Bava)
Blanche (Borowczyk)
A Blonde in Love (Forman)
Blood of the Beasts (Franju)
Blood of the Condor (Sanjines)
The Blue Angel (Von Sternberg)
The Blue Kite (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Boat People (Ann Hui)
Bob le Flambeur (Melville)
Les Bonnes Femmes (Chabrol)
Das Boot (Petersen)
Boot Polish (Kapoor)
Le Bossu (De Broca)
Le Boucher (Chabrol)
Boudu Saved from Drowning (Renoir)
Branded to Kill (Suzuki)
Breathless (Godard)
The Bride with White Hair (Yu)
Brief Encounters (Muratova)
A Brighter Summer Day (Yang)
Broken Wings (N.Bergman)
The Burmese Harp (Ichikawa)
Burnt by the Sun (Mikhalkov)
Butterfly's Tongue (Cuerda)

Cabeca de Vaca (Echavarria)
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Wiene)
Cabiria (Pastrone)
Cabiria Nights (Fellini)
Cafe Lumiere (Hou)
Cairo Station (Chahine)
Carmen (Saura)
Un Carnet de Bal (Duvivier)
Carnival in Flanders (Feyder)
Casque d'Or (Becker)
Ceddo (Sembene)
Celine and Julie go Boating (Rivette)
Central Station (Salles)
The Ceremony (Oshima)
Chacun Cherche son Chat (Klapisch)
Chandralekha (Vasan)
Charulata (Ray)
The Chess Player (Bernard)
Un Chien Andalou (Bunuel)
La Chienne (Renoir)
Chikamatsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)
The Childhood of Maxim Gorki (Donskoi)
Child of the Big City (Bauer)
Children of Heaven (Majidi)
Chocolat (Denis)
Christ Stopped at Eboli (Rosi)
Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Straub, Huillet)
Chronicle of a Summer (Rouch)
Chronicle of the Years of Embers (Lakhdar-Hamina)
Chungking Express (Wong)
Chunhyang (Im)
The Churning (Benegal)
Chushingura (Inagaki)
Le Ciel est a Vous (Gremillon)
Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore)
The Circle (Panahi)
City of God (Meirelles)
City of Lost Children (Jeunet, Caro)
City of Sadness (Hou)
Claire's Knee (Rohmer)
Class Relations (Huillet, Straub)
Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda)
Closely Observed Trains (Menzel)
Close Up (Kiarostami)
Cloud-Capped Star (Ghatak)
Code Unknown (Haneke)
Un Coeur en Hiver (Sautet)
Cold Fever (Fridriksson)
Colonel Redl (Szabo)
The Colour of Paradise (Majidi)
The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov)
Come and See (Klimov)
The Commissar (Askoldov)
The Conformist (Bertolucci)
Contempt (Godard)
Le Corbeau (Clouzot)
Coup de Torchon (Tavernier)
Courage of the People (Sanjines)
The Cow (Mehrjui)
The Cranes are Flying (Kalatozov)
Cria Cuervos (Saura)
Cries and Whispers (Bergman
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (Renoir)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
Crows and Sparrows (Zheng Junli)
A Cruel Story of Youth (Oshima)
The Cruise (Piwowski)
Cuba, Si! (Marker)
The Cuckoo (Rogozhkin)
The Cup (Norbu)
Cure (Kurosawa. K)
Cyclo (Tran Anh-Hung)
Cyrano de Bergerac (Rappeneau)

The Dacians (Nicolaescu)
Daisies (Chytilova)
Dancing in the Rain (Hladnik)
Danton (Wajda)
Darkness in Tallinn (Jarvilaturi)
The Dawns here are Quiet (Rostotsky)
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well (Hong Sang-soo)
Daydreams (Bauer)
Day for Night (Truffaut)
The Day I Became a Woman (Meshkini)
A Day in the Country (Renoir)
Day of Wrath (Dreyer)
Days and Nights in the Forest (Ray)
Days of being Wild (Wong)
Days of Eclipse (Sokurov)
The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho)
Deadly Run (Miller)
Death by Hanging (Oshima)
Death in a French Garden (Deville)
Death of a Bureaucrat (Alea)
Death of a Cyclist (Bardem)
The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Puiu)
Deep Red (Argento)
Dekalog (Kieslowski)
Delicatessen (Jeunet, Caro)
Demons (O'Hara)
Dersu Uzala (Kurosawa)
Destiny (Chahine)
Destiny (Lang)
Le Deuxieme Souffle (Melville)
Devdas (Barua)
Devi (Ray)
Devils on the Doorstep (Jiang Wen)
Les Diaboliques (Clouzot)
Diamond Arm (Gaidai)
Diamonds of the Night (Nemec)
A Diary for my Children (Meszaros)
Diary of a Country Priest (Bresson)
Diary of a Lost Girl (Pabst)
Dias de Santiago (Mendes)
Dimensions of Dialogue (Svankmajer)
Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Bunuel)
Ditte, Child of Man (Henning-Jensen)
Diva (Beineix)
Django (Corbucci)
Dr Mabuse (Lang)
La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski)
Double Suicide (Shinoda)
Downfall (Hirschbiegel)
Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Kusturica)
Dragon Inn (King Hu)
The Dream Life of Angels (Zonca)
Drifting Clouds (Kaurismaki)
Dura Lex (Kuleshov)

The Ear (Kachnya)
Early Spring (Ozu)
Early Summer (Ozu)
Earth (Dovzhenko)
The Earth's most Beloved Son (Marinescu)
Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee)
Eclipse (Antonioni)
Edvard Munch (Watkins)
The Eel (Imamura)
E Flat (Ghatak)
8 1/2 (Fellini)
8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung)
El (Bunuel)
Elling (Naess)
Eloge de l'Amour (Godard)
Elvira Madigan (Widerberg)
The Emigrants (Troell)
Emitai (Sembene)
Enamorada (Fernandez)
Enchanted Desna (Solntseva)
The End of Summer (Ozu)
L'Enfance Nue (Pialat)
L'Enfant (Dardenne bros)
Les Enfants du Paradis (Carne)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Herzog)
Enjo (Ichikawa)
Entr'acte (Clair)
Entre Nous (Kurys)
Ermo (Xiaowen)
Eroica (Munk)
Erotikon (Stiller)
Esperando la Carroza (Doria)
Eternity and a Day (Angelopoulos)
Eureka (Aoyama)
Europa Europa (Holland)
Exterminating Angel (Bunuel)
Eyes without a Face (Franju)

Falcons (Gaal)
Fallen Angels (Wong)
Fallen from Heaven (Lombardi)
Fall of Leaves (Iosseliani)
The Fall of Otrar (Amirkulov)
Fanny and Alexander (Bergman)
Fantomas (Feuillade)
Farewell my Concubine (Chen)
Father (Szabo)
Faust (Murnau)
Fear Eats the Soul (Fassbinder)
La Femme Infidele (Chabrol)
Festen (Vinterberg)
Le Feu Follet (Malle)
Finye (Cisse)
Fires on the Plain (Ichikawa)
The Firemen's Ball (Forman)
The First Charge of the Machete (Gomez)
Fists in the Pocket (Bellocchio)
Fitzcarraldo (Herzog)
Floating Clouds (Naruse)
Floating Weeds (Ozu)
The Flower of Shanghai (Hou)
The Flowers of St Francis (Rossellini)
Flowing (Naruse)
Forbidden Games (Clement)
Forest of the Hanged (Ciulei)
The Four Hundred Blows (Truffaut)
The Fourth Man (Verhoeven )
La Frontera (Larrain)
Full Sail (Muresan)

Gabbeh (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Ganga Bruta (Mauro)
The Garden (Sulik)
The Garden of the Finzi-Contini (De Sica)
Gate of Hell (Kinugasa)
Gertrud (Dreyer)
Ghost in the Shell (Oshii)
Girl with a Hatbox (Barnet)
The Gleaners and I (Varda)
The Goat Horn (Andonov)
The Goddess (Wu Yonggang)
Gojira (Honda)
The Golden Coach (Renoir)
The Golem (Wegener)
Goodbye Dragon Inn (Tsai)
Goodbye Lenin (Becker)
Good Men, Good Women (Hou)
Good Morning (Ozu)
The Gospel according to St Matthew (Pasolini)
Goto Isle of Love (Borowczyk)
Grand Illusion (Renoir)
Grave of the Fireflies (Takahata)
Grbavica (Zbanic)
The Great Adventure (Sucksdorff)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Herzog)
Green Fish (Lee Chang-dong)
The Green Ray (Rohmer)

Hababam Sinifi (Egilmez)
La Haine (Kassovitz)
The Hairdresser's Husband (Leconte)
Halfaouine (Boughedir)
Hamlet (Kozintsev)
Hana-Bi (Kitano)
The Hand (Trnka)
Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (Alvarez)
Happiness (Medvedkin)
Hara-Kiri (Kobayashi)
Harvest: 3000 Years (Gerima)
Haxan (Christensen)
Hedd Wyn (Turner)
Hedgehog in the Fog (Norstein)
Heimat (Reitz)
The Herd (Okten)
Here is your Life (Troell)
Hero (Zhag Yimou)
Herod's Law (Estrada)
Hidden (Haneke)
Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa)
High and Low (Kurosawa)
The Highway (Sun Yu)
Hiroshima mon Amour (Resnais)
Histoires de Cinema (Godard)
Hitler: A Film from Germany (Syberberg)
The Hole (Tsai)
The Holy Girl (Martel)
The Holy Mountain (Jodorowsky)
The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Hot Winds (Sathyu)
Hour of the Furnaces (Solanas)
Hour of the Wolf (Bergman)
The House is Black (Farrokhzad)
Housemaid (Kim Ki-Young)
House of the Angel (Torre-Nilsson)
House of the Flying Daggers (Zhang Yimou)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Barnet)
Howl's Moving Castle (Miyazaki)
The Human Condition (Kobayashi)
L'Humanite (Dumont)
Humanity and Paper Balloons (Yamanaka)
Human Resources (Cantet)
Hunger (Carlsen)
The Hunt (Saura)
Hyenas (Diop Mambety)
Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Ruiz)

I am Cuba (Kalatozov)
Iconostasis (Hristov)
Ijaazat (Gulzar)
Ikiru (Kurosawa)
Ilha das Flores (Furtado)
Illustrious Corpses (Rosi)
I'm Going Home (Oliveira)
In a Year of 13 Moons (Fassbinder)
India Song (Duras)
Ingeborg Holm (Sjostrom)
Inhumaine (L'Herbier)
In my Father's House (Ouazzani)
Innocence (Hadzihalilovic)
Innocence Unprotected (Makaveyev)
L'Innocente (Visconti)
Innocent Voices (Mandoki)
Insomnia (Skjoldbjaerg)
Interrogation (Bugajski)
In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen)
In the Mood for Love (Wong)
In the White City (Tanner)
Intimate Lighting (Passer)
The Intruder (Denis)
Irma Vep (Assayas)
Irreversible (Noe)
The Island (Shindo)
Isle (Kim Ki-Duk)
An Italian Straw Hat (Clair)
Ivan's Childhood (Tarkovsky)
Ivan the Terrible 1+2 (Eisenstein)
I was Born, But (Ozu)

The Jackal of Nahueltoro (Littin)
Japon (Reygadas)
Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources (Berri)
Jeanne Dielman (Akerman)
Jesus of Montreal (Arcand)
La Jetee (Marker)
Les Jeux d'Ange (Borowczyk)
Jour de Fete (Tati)
Journey of Hope (Koller)
Le Jour se Leve (Carne)
Judex (Feuillade)
Judex (Franju)
Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou)
Jules et Jim (Truffaut)

Kameradschaft (Pabst)
Kanal (Wajda)
Keeper of Promises (Duarte)
Keys to the House (Amelio)
Khrustaliov, my Car! (German)
Kiki's Delivery Service (Miyazaki)
Kikujiro (Kitano)
Killer (Woo)
Kingdom (Von Trier)
King Lear (Kozintsev)
King of Masks (Wu Tianming)
Kings and Queen (Desplechin)
Kings of the Road (Wenders)
Kino Eye (Vertov)
Kippur (Gitai)
Knife in the Water (Polanski)
Kolya (Sverak)
Kwaidan (Kobayashi)

The Lacemaker (Goretta)
Lacombe Lucien (Malle)
Lady Snowblood (Fujita)
Lagaan (Gowariker)
Lamerica (Amelio)
The Land (Chahine)
Landscape in the Mist (Angelopoulos)
Land without Bread (Bunuel)
Laputa Castles in the Sky (Miyazaki)
The Last Bridge (Kautner)
The Last Crusade/Michael the Brave (Nicolaescu)
The Last Laugh (Murnau)
Last Life in the Universe (Ratanaruang)
Last Year at Marienbad (Resnais)
Latcho Drom (Gatlif)
Late Spring (Ozu)
Leolo (Lauzon)
The Leopard (Visconti)
Liebelei (Ophuls)
Life and Nothing But (Tavernier)
Life is Beautiful (Benigni)
The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi)
Life on a String (Chen)
Lightning (Naruse)
Lilya 4 Ever (Moodysson)
Like Water for Chocolate (Arau)
Limite (Peixoto)
Little Toys (Sun Yu)
Lola (Demy)
Lola Montes (Ophuls)
The Long Farewells (Muratova)
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (Schlondorff, Von Trotta)
Love (Makk)
The Lovers (Malle)
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (Medem)
The Loyal 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi)
Lucia (Solas)

M (Lang)
Maborosi (Kore-eda)
Macunaima (Andrade)
Madame de (Ophuls)
Madchen in Uniform (Sagan)
Madhumati (Roy)
The Magician (Bergman)
Man Bites Dog (Belvaux, Bonzel, Poelvoorde)
A Man Escaped (Bresson)
Man of Marble (Wajda)
Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)
Man without a Past (Kaurismaki)
Mandala (Im)
Manila: in the Claws of Neon (Brocka)
Maria Candelaria (Fernandez)
Marius trilogy (Pagnol..)
Marketa Lazarova (Vlacil)
The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder)
The Mascot (Starewicz)
Masquerade in Vienna (Forst)
Ma Vie en Rose (Berliner)
Memories of Murder (Bong Joon-Ho)
Memories of Underdevelopment (Alea)
Menilmontant (Kirsanov)
Mephisto (Szabo)
Merry Christmas (Carion)
Metropolis (Lang)
Le Million (Clair)
Miracle in Milan (De Sica)
Mirror (Tarkovsky)
The Mission (To)
Miss Oyu (Mizoguchi)
A Moment of Innocence (Mohsen Makhmalbaf)
Monday Morning (Iosseliani)
Mondays in the Sun (De Aranoa)
Mon Oncle (Tati)
Mon Oncle Antoine (Jutra)
Monsieur Hire (Leconte)
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Tati)
Monsoon Wedding (Nair)
Moolade (Sembene)
Mother (Pudovkin)
Mother and Son (Sokurov)
The Mother and the Whore (Eustache)
Mother India (Mehbob Khan)
Mother Joan of the Angels (Kawalerowicz)
Motorcycle Diaries (Salles)
Mouchette (Bresson)
Mughal-e-Azam (Asif)
The Music Room (Ray)
My Father's Glory/ My Mother's Castle (Robert)
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (German)
My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Rohmer)
My Life as a Dog (Hallstrom)
My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki)
My Night with Maud (Rohmer)
Mysterious Object at Noon (Weeresethakul)

Napoleon (Gance)
Nargess (Etemad)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki)
Nayakan (Ratnam)
Nazarin (Bunuel)
New Babylon (Kozintsev, Trauberg)
Die Nibelungen (Lang)
Nidhanaya (Peries)
Night and Fog (Resnais)
Night of the Shooting Stars (Taviani bros)
Night Train (Kawalerowicz)
Nikita (Besson)
1900 (Bertolucci)
Nobody Knows (Kore-eda)
No Man's Land (Tanovic)
El Norte (Nava)
Nosferatu (Murnau)
Nostalghia (Tarkovsky)
La Notte (Antonioni)
Nowhere in Africa (Link)
La Nuit du Carrefour (Renoir)

The Oak (Pintilie)
October (Eisenstein)
Oedipus Rex (Pasolini)
The Official Story (Puenzo)
Of Freaks and Men (Balabanov)
Oldboy (Park Chan-wook)
Los Olvidados (Bunuel)
Olympia (Riefenstahl)
One Deadly Summer (Becker)
One Way or Another (S.Gomez)
Onibaba (Shindo)
The Only Son (Ozu)
Open your Eyes (Amenabar)
Ordet (Dreyer)
Orphee (Cocteau)
Osaka Elegy (Mizoguchi)
Ossessione (Visconti)
Our Daily Bread (Kaul)
The Outlaw and his Wife (Sjostrom)
Out One (Rivette)
Outskirts (Barnet)
The Oyster Princess (Lubitsch)

Padre Padrone (Taviani bros)
Page of Madness (Kinugasa)
Paisan (Rossellini)
Pakeezah (Amrohi)
Pandora's Box (Pabst)
Paper Flowers (Dutt)
Paradise Now (Abu Assad)
Paris nous Appartient (Rivette)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer)
Pathfinder (Gaup)
Pauline at the Beach (Rohmer)
The Peach Thief (Radev)
Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark)
Pelle the Conqueror (August)
People on Sunday (Siodmak,Ulmer)
Pepe le Moko (Duvivier)
The Perfect Circle (Kenovic)
The Perfumed Nightmare (Tahimik)
La Perla (Fernandez)
Persona (Bergman)
Pestonjee (V.Mehta)
A Petal (Jang Soon-woo)
The Phantom Carriage (Sjostrom)
The Phantom of Liberty (Bunuel)
Philanthropy (Caranfil)
The Piano Teacher (Haneke)
Pickpocket (Bresson)
Pierrot le Fou (Godard)
Pixote (Babenco)
Le Plaisir (Ophuls)
Playtime (Tati)
Plein Soleil (Clement)
Plumbum or the Dangerous Game(Abdrashitov)
Poil de Carotte (Duvivier)
Ponette (Doillon)
The Pornographers (Imamura)
Il Postino (Radford)
Il Posto (Olmi)
Prince Ehtejab (Farmanara)
Princess Mononoke (Miyazaki)
La Promesse (Dardenne bros)
Punto y Raya (Schneider)
Puppetmaster (Hou)
Pushpak (Singeetham)
Pyaasa (Dutt)

Quai des Brumes (Carne)
Quai des Orfevres (Clouzot)
The Quince Tree Sun (Erice)

Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
Ran (Kurosawa)
Rashomon (Kurosawa)
Raven's End (Widerberg)
Reason Debate and a Tale (Ghatak)
Rebellion (Kobayashi)
Recollections of the Yellow House (Monteiro)
Reconstruction (Pintilie)
The Red and the White (Jancso)
The Red Balloon (Lamorisse)
Red Beard (Kurosawa)
The Red Circle (Melville)
The Red Desert (Antonioni)
Red Light Bandit (Sganzerla)
Red Psalm (Jancso)
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)
Red Squirrel (Medem)
La Regle du Jeu (Renoir)
La Reine Margot (Chereau)
Repentance (Abuladze)
The Return (Zvyagintsev)
The Return of Martin Guerre (Vigne)
Ridicule (Leconte)
Rififi (Dassin)
Ring (Nakata)
Al Risalah (Akkad)
The Rise to Power of Louis XIV (Rossellini)
The River (Tsai)
A River Called Titash (Ghatak)
Rocco and his Brothers (Visconti)
Roma (Fellini)
Rome Open City (Rossellini)
La Ronde (Ophuls)
Rosa Luxemburg (Von Trotta)
Rosetta (Dardenne bros)
La Roue (Gance)
Round up (Jancso)
Rouge (Kwan)
Rue Cases Negres (Palcy)
Run Lola Run (Tykwer)
Russian Ark (Sokurov)

The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky)
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (Dutt)
Salaam Bombay (Nair)
Salo (Pasolini)
Salt for Svanetia (Kalatozov)
Salvatore Giuliano (Rosi)
Le Samourai (Melville)
Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
Sans Soleil (Marker)
Sant Tukaram (Damle, Fattelal)
The Saragossa Manuscript (Has)
Sarraounia (Hondo)
Satantango (Tarr)
Scenes from a Marriage (Bergman)
The Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh-Hung)
Secret Defense (Rivette)
The Sea Inside (Amenabar)
The Seedling (Benegal)
A Self Made Hero (Audiard)
Senso (Visconti)
Seven Beauties (Wertmuller)
Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
The Seventh Continent (Haneke)
The Seventh Seal (Bergman)
Sex and Lucia (Medem)
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (Paradjanov)
Shall we Dance? (Suo)
Shame (Bergman)
Shoah (Lanzmann)
Shoeshine (De Sica)
Sholay (Sippy)
Shoot the Pianist (Truffaut)
The Shop on the High Street (Kadar)
Show me Love (Moodysson)
Siberiade (Konchalovsky)
La Signora di Tutti (Ophuls)
Silence (Bergman)
Silence (M.Mahkmalbaf)
Silences of the Palace (Tlatli)
A Simple Event (Saless)
Sindbad (Huszarik)
Sir Arne's Treasure (Stiller)
Sisters of the Gion (Mizoguchi)
Slave of Love (Mikhalkov)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Bergman)
The Smiling Madame Beudet (Dulac)
Smoking/No Smoking (Resnais)
Solaris (Tarkovsky)
Solas (Zambrano)
Soldier of Orange (Verhoeven)
Soleil O (Hondo)
Sonatine (Kitano)
Songs from the Second Floor (Andersson)
Son of the Bride (Campanella)
The Son's Room (Moretti)
Sopyonje (Im)
The Sorrow and the Pity (Marcel Ophuls)
Le Souffle au Coeur (Malle)
Sound of the Mountain (Naruse)
Sous les Toits de Paris (Clair)
The Sparrow (Chahine)
A Special Day (Scola)
The Spider's Stratagem (Bertolucci)
Spies (Lang)
Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
Spirit of the Beehive (Erice)
Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu)
The Spring River Flows East (Cai Chusheng)
Spring Silkworms (Cheng Bugao)
Spring Summer Autumn Winter Spring (Kim Ki-Duk)
Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Stalker (Tarkovsky)
Still Life (Saless)
Stolen Children (Amelio)
Storm over Asia (Pudovkin)
Story of a Cheat (Guitry)
The Story of Qiu Zu (Zhang Yimou)
Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
Story of the Weeping Camel (Davaa, Falorni)
Stray Dog (Kurosawa)
Street Angel (Yuan Mushi)
Street of Crocodiles (Quay bros)
Street of Shame (Mizoguchi)
La Strada (Fellini)
Strike (Eisenstein)
Stroszek (Herzog)
Subarnarekha (Ghatak)
Sun (Sokurov)
Sunday in the Country (Tavernier)
Sundays and Cybele (Bourguinon)
El Sur (Erice)
Suspiria (Argento)
Suzhou Ruiver (Lou Ye)
Switchboard Operator (Makaveyev)

Taipei Story (Yang)
Take Care of my Cat (Jeong Jae-eun)
Tale of Tales (Norstein)
Tale of the Fox (Starewicz)
Tale of the Wind (Ivens)
Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)
Talk to Her (Almodovar)
Tall Shadows of the Wind (Farmanara)
Tampopo (Itami)
Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami)
Tavaszi Zapor (Fejos)
Tears of the Black Tiger (Sasanatieng)
Teesri Kasan (Bhatacharya)
Ten (Kiarostami)
The Tenant (Polanski)
La Terra Trema (Visconti)
Le Testament d'Orphee (Cocteau)
The Testament of Dr Mabuse (Lang)
Theorem (Pasolini)
Therese (Cavalier)
The Thief (Chukhrai)
Three Colours trilogy (Kieslowski)
Three Crowns of the Sailor (Ruiz)
3-Iron (Kim Ki-duk)
Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)
Through the Olive Trees (Kiarostami)
Tierra (Medem)
Tih Minh (Feuillade)
Time of the Gypsies (Kusturica)
Time Out (Cantet)
Time Regained (Ruiz)
The Time to Live and the Time to Die (Hou)
The Tin Drum (Schlondorff)
Tokyo Decadence (Murakami)
Tokyo Drifter (Suzuki)
Tokyo Story (Ozu)
Tokyo Twilight (Ozu)
To Live (Zhang Yimou)
El Topo (Jodorowsky)
Toto the Hero (Van Dormael)
A Touch of Zen (King Hu)
Touki Bouki (Diop Mambety)
Travellers and Magicians (Norbu)
The Travelling Players (Angelopoulos)
Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Olmi)
Triplets of Belleville (Chomet)
A Trip to the Moon (Melies)
Tristana (Bunuel)
Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl)
Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul)
Le Trou (Becker)
Tsotsi (Hood)
Turning Point (Beyer)
Turtles can Fly (Ghobadi)
Twenty Four Eyes (Kinoshita)
Two Acres of Land (Roy)
Two or Three Things I Know about her (Godard)
Two Stage Sisters (Xie Jin)
2046 (Wong)

Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)
Ulysses' Gaze (Angelopoulos)
Umberto D (De Sica)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Demy)
Umrao Jaan (Muzaffar Ali)
Underground (Kusturica)
Under the Skin of the City (Etemad)
Unfinished Piece for Player Piano (Mikhalkov)
Unforgettable Summer (Pintilie)
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke)
The Unknown Soldier (Laine)
The Unknown Soldier's Patent Leather Shoes (Vulchanov)
Urga (Mikhalkov)
Uttara (Dasgupta)
Uzak (Ceylan)

Vagabond (Varda)
Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jires)
Les Valseuses (Blier)
Vampires (Feuillade)
Vampyr (Dreyer)
The Vanishing (Sluizer)
Variety (Dupont)
Vengeance is Mine (Imamura)
Veronika Voss (Fassbinder)
A Very Long Engagement (Jeunet)
La Ville est Tranquille (Guediguian)
The Virgin Stripped Bare.. (Hong Sang-soo)
Viridiana (Bunuel)
I Vitelloni (Fellini)
Vive l'Amour (Tsai)
Vivre sa Vie (Godard)
Voyage beyond the Impossible (Melies)
Voyage to Italy (Rossellini)

The Wages of Fear (Clouzot)
Waiting for Happiness (Sissako)
War and Peace (Bondarchuk)
The Water Magician (Mizoguchi)
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai)
We all Loved Each Other so Much (Scola)
Wedding in Galilee (Khleifi)
Weekend (Godard)
The Weeping Meadow (Angelopoulos)
Wend Kuuni (Kabore)
Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr)
Westfront 1918 (Pabst)
What have i done to deserve this? (Almodovar)
What Time is it There? (Tsai)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Naruse)
Where is the Friend's House? (Kiarostami)
Whispering Pages (Sokurov)
The White Balloon (Panahi)
Who Pays the Piper? (Shah)
Wild Reeds (Techine)
The Wind will Carry us (Kiarostami)
Winter Light (Bergman)
Why did Bodhi-Dharma leave for the East? (Bae Yong-kyun)
Wife be like a Rose (Naruse)
The Wild Child (Truffaut)
Wild Strawberries (Bergman)
Wings of Desire (Wenders)
Woman of the Dunes (Teshigahara)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Almodovar)
The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrowna (Schwarz)
The World (Jia Zhangke)
W.R.Mysteries of the Organism (Makaveyev)

Xala (Sembene)

Yaaba (Ouedraogo)
Yang Kwei Fei (Mizoguchi)
Year of the Quiet Sun (Zanussi)
Yeelen (Cisse)
Yellow Earth (Chen)
Yi Yi (Yang)
Yojimbo (Kurosawa)
Yol (Guney)
Young Torless (Schlondorff)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (Cuaron)

Z (Costa-Gavros)
Zatoichi (Kitano)
Zero de Conduite (Vigo)
Zvenigora (Dovzhenko)

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby MikLosk » Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:02 am

Wow! Breathtaking! A really great job was done, John! Seems to have nothing to add, but let me think a little!

BTW, my Soviet recommendations weren't out of place, yeah?

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby trevor826 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 11:43 am

Looking through them it would seem sensible to amalgamate both lists as there's not exactly a huge quality difference between them.

Very good mix of classic, modern, lightness and depth.

Cheers Trev.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby Johndav » Mon Feb 27, 2006 4:15 pm

Yes, very helpful Soviet recommendations, Mikhail!

I will merge the lists- now if i knew how to do a quick sorting alphetically it would be easier! I got some good Romaina recommendation at imdb- there are some highly rated if not well known films from there, and i'm trying to extend the canon to be more genuinely international. A pity Indonesia is difficult. I need to check Madhuban's Indian faves again to add some more from there.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby madhuban » Mon Feb 27, 2006 7:33 pm

Fascinating list John!

Will need to look through this more carefully, but the only film that I did not find here, and would have liked to see on such a list is Imamura's "The Pornographers". Will add others if they occur to me.


Re: The world cinema canon

Postby wpqx » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:13 pm

Consider me ignorant, but what exactly is this list? I mean we have an index of films mentioned and reviewed here. I can't exactly gather what you're up to with this.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby Johndav » Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:46 pm

It started out as a response to a thread elsewhere about the Movieline 100 non-English language films, which along with many others i found limited and unsatisfactory. My own list was originally planned simply to include a fairer distribution of countries, and burgeoned into 500, then beyond, with complaints of missing films that deserved to be included. I originally did the 500 + reserves here, but have combined the 2 into something quite unwieldy. But i think- with or without other listings and reviews here- it may provide a canon that's useful as a guide for further viewing. There are countries (Romania for instance) with films highly rated by those who've seen them but virtually unknown, even to knowledgeable cinephiles, elsewhere. I'm trying to challenge and refresh the usual canons dominated by Western films + taste. But you're quite right, this site already does that very well. Having already done the list elsewhere, well i didn't think it would take much time or do any harm transferring it here. There may be some vistiors here not as knowledgeable as you (so hopefully intrigued by some unknown titles) or less familiar with everything on the site. Take it or leave it.

p.s- it may be a base for anyone thinking of writing an anthology of foreign films- the Bloomsbury Foreign Film guide was fine, but long out of date, The International Dictionary of Films even older, the Videohound World Cinema perfectly acceptable but more limited- if there's any similar but better publication i'd be interested to know. Mind you, if you took this site's collection of reviews you'd have a pretty impressive publication, anyway.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby wpqx » Thu Mar 02, 2006 2:36 am

I see your point, now how long until we make the American film canon?

I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of American films until I started looking at Jonathan Rosenbaum's alternate AFI list, but I do recognize as most people should that the man has extremely esoteric tastes. Nevertheless there were many films I not only never saw, but never even heard of.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Mar 07, 2006 6:20 am

John, if it's possible, perhaps you should highlight the films that you've added since the original post.

Re: The world cinema canon

Postby Johndav » Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:21 am

Oops, i didn't keep the original frozen, just added to it at different times. I know i've added a few Indian ones, including Who Pays the Piper, possibly Nayakan, now Sahib Bibi Aul Ghulam, Madhumati, E Flat, possibly Nayakan. (After what Madhuban said, i've dropped Rang de Basanti which was in as an unknown, mainly on the basis of imdb- in almost every other case i've been getting other supportive sources). Oh yes, and Diary of a Lost Girl and Kameradschaft by Pabst, The Princess and the Warrior, also Ermo, Devils on the Doorstep from China, Enamorada from Mexico. 1000 really ought to be the limit; not far off, now. Indonesia has such a huge population, Pakistan too, so there should be stronger representation.

Do suggest any that should be included.


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