Essential Patriciancore

2012 Edition
Please note: The films in this chart are intended to be enjoyed by watchers of a sufficient cinematic IQ. Those accustomed to modern mainstream cinema (Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, most /tv/core, etc.) are unlikely to enjoy these, but should feel free to try. It is always healthy to expand one's horizons.
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1.
Touki Bouki (1973)
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Mory, a cowherd, and Anta, a university student, try to make money in order to go to Paris and leave their boring past behind. (85 mins.)
 
2.
Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
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A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama... (193 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
3.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
4.
The Outlaw and His Wife (1918)
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A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind... (136 mins.)
 
5.
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
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A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. (98 mins.)
Director: Mu Fei
 
6.
Mademoiselle (1966)
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In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations... (105 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
7.
Black Orpheus (1959)
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A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. (100 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
 
8.
The Beekeeper (1986)
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A bee keeper, Spiros, travels from the north to the south of Greece with his bees to meet the spring. (140 mins.)
 
9.
Pink Flamingos (1972)
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Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive". (93 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
10.
Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968)
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A teenage goldsmith with a dark past tragically falls in love with a young nude model. (108 mins.)
Director: Susumu Hani
 
11.
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
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Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. (237 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
12.
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
 
13.
I Am Cuba (1964)
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Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era. (108 mins.)
 
14.
Lulu the Tool (1971)
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A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
 
15.
The Dacians (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Dacian kingdom lies at the eastern border of the Roman Empire.Only the river Danube separates the two mortal enemies.The Dacian king Decebalus knows that soon the vastly superior Roman legions will cross the river and attack Dacia. (110 mins.)
 
16.
Cairo Station (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Kinawi, a physically challenged peddler who makes his living selling newspapers in the central Cairo train station... (77 mins.)
Director: Youssef Chahine
 
17.
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927 Documentary)
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This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night. (65 mins.)
 
18.
Les vampires (1915)
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An intrepid reporter and his loyal friend battle a bizarre secret society of criminals known as The Vampires. (421 mins.)
Director: Louis Feuillade
 
19.
The Seventh Continent (1989)
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A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
 
20.
Falling Leaves (1966)
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A young idealist takes a job at a local state run winery only to discover and become disillusioned by the corruption of the Soviet State. (91 mins.)
Director: Otar Iosseliani
 
21.
The Man Who Sleeps (1974)
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A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness. (77 mins.)
 
22.
In Vanda's Room (2000)
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The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in. (170 mins.)
Director: Pedro Costa
 
23.
Putney Swope (1969)
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Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge... (84 mins.)
 
24.
Mamma Roma (1962)
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After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment... (106 mins.)
 
25.
The Crucified Lovers (1954)
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out. (102 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
26.
Union Pacific (1939)
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California. (135 mins.)
 
27.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
28.
The Fire Within (1963)
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol... (108 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
29.
Camera Buff (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Filip buys an eight-millimetre movie camera when his first child is born. Because it's the first camera in town... (117 mins.)
 
30.
The Executioner (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An undertaker gets married to an old executioner's daughter and, although he doesn't like it, must continue the profession of his father-in-law after his retirement. (87 mins.)
 
31.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
32.
Black God, White Devil (1964)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
33.
Mother and Son (1997)
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A slow and poignant story of love and patience told via a dying mother nursed by her devoted son. The... (73 mins.)
 
34.
Lola (1961)
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A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
35.
The Steel Helmet (1951)
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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War. (85 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
36.
Fantastic Night (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus... (103 mins.)
 
37.
Innocence Unprotected (1968 Documentary)
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Documentary about the famous Serbian athlete and movie enthusiast who made a feature film during the... (75 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
38.
Through the Olive Trees (1994)
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The movie focuses on one of the events in Zendegi Edame Darad (1992), and explores the relationship between the movie director... (103 mins.)
 
39.
Hamlet (1964)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable. (140 mins.)
 
40.
Querelle (1982)
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French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that... (108 mins.)
 
41.
As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000 Documentary)
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Director Jonas Mekas provides an intimate glimpse of his personal life by constructing a feature length narrative from over 30 years of private home movie footage. (288 mins.)
Director: Jonas Mekas
 
42.
Aniki Bóbó (1942)
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The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member... (71 mins.)