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1. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.4
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65 Metascore

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.

Writers: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson | Director: Ron Fricke | Stars: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika

2. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme.

Writers: Ron Fricke, Michael Hoenig, Godfrey Reggio, Alton Walpole | Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

3. Naqoyqatsi (2002)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Music

6.7
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59 Metascore

A visual montage portrait of our contemporary world dominated by globalized technology and violence.

Writer: Godfrey Reggio | Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Marlon Brando, Bella Donna, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

4. Empire (1964)

485 min | Documentary

3.8
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A single shot of the Empire State Building from early evening until nearly 3 am the next day.

Director: Andy Warhol | Star: Andy Warhol

5. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

Writers: Godfrey Reggio, Ken Richards | Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Christie Brinkley, David Brinkley, Pope John Paul II, Dan Rather

6. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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Carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions.

Writers: Constantine Nicholas, Genevieve Nicholas | Director: Ron Fricke

7. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

83 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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57 Metascore

This film is an experimental mix of documentary and fiction. The film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to continue a story ... See full summary »

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

8. D'Est (1993)

107 min | Documentary

7.2
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A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Writer: Chantal Akerman | Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Natalia Chakhovskaia

9. Dogora - Ouvrons les yeux (2004)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

6.0
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Director Patrice Leconte weaves an impressionistic, sensorial tapestry of existence in and around early 21st-century Cambodia. Journeying through the country's farmlands, factories, streets... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte

10. Totality (1999)

Documentary, Music

8.8
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A unique look at total eclipses, capturing the experience within the scenery of a wide range of settings around the planet, from ancient ruins to city skylines. Totality is constantly ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Mallery

11. En marchant (1969)

M | 5 min | Animation, Short

7.1
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A cinematic portrait of people walking in their individual ways.

Writer: Ryan Larkin | Director: Ryan Larkin

12. Silicon Valley Timelapse (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

7.6
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Subject material is divided into 8 chapters, each presenting an aspect of life in the modern day Silicon Valley in a purely audio-visual format.

Writer: Nate North | Director: Nate North

13. Hollywood Blvd, USA (2014)

2 min | Short

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Director: Stephen Hillenburg

14. Satiemania (1978)

14 min | Animation, Short

7.0
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Writer: Zdenko Gasparovic | Director: Zdenko Gasparovic

15. Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî (1984)

Fantasy, Music

7.5
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Akira Ifukube has arranged music from his fantastic films into a three-movement symphony, presented here with scenes from the films the music was originally written for. The second half ... See full summary »

16. Bucharestless (2011)

93 min | Documentary

7.7
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BUCHARESTLESS is a city-vérité conceptual movie shot in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. With an outside-the-box cinematic perspective, a full-encompassing soundtrack, a sequential ... See full summary »

Writer: George Dorobantu | Director: George Dorobantu

17. Atlas Dei (2007 Video)

95 min | Music

7.8
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Director: Daniel Colvin

18. Living Well is the Best Revenge (2012)

4 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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A meeting of filmmakers, one idyllic country estate, a fictional optical sound lead, a documentary super-8-image-storm. Both uncut.

Director: Björn Last | Stars: Jan Sobotka, Louis Fried, Maya Connors, Philipp Hartmann

19. It's Me (1976)

68 min | Drama

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Writer: Frans Zwartjes | Director: Frans Zwartjes | Star: Willeke van Ammelrooy

20. The Dream Is Still a Dream (2005)

16 min | Short

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Director: Kate Dollenmayer

21. Heild (2014)

70 min | Documentary

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Iceland's first non-narrative full-feature film's focus is set on presenting Iceland in a way it has never been presented before, using various elements of high-end cinematography.

Writer: Petur Kristjan Gudmundsson | Director: Petur Kristjan Gudmundsson

22. Ex Voto (2004 Video)

16 min | Short, Fantasy

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Writer: Dustin L. Nelson | Director: Dustin L. Nelson | Stars: Abigail Faulkner, Jess Grover, David Jacobs

23. China (1988)

44 min | Short, Music

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Director: Phill Niblock

24. Amaranthine (2012)

11 min | Short, Drama

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A young woman searches for the source of eternal life.

Writer: Robert Panico | Director: Maury Shessel | Stars: Alain Azoulay, Cameron McCormick, Jaimi Paige

25. Observations on a Post-production (2009)

5 min | Documentary, Short

7.8
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From noise to silence: Unfocused pictures from the afterwards of a film production. The fragmentation of the atmosphere of the afternoon, which began with deconstruction and ended with a bonfire.

Writer: Björn Last | Director: Björn Last | Stars: Gonzalo Barahona, Eric Bossaller, Jonathan Celik, Maya Connors

26. Break (II) (2013)

14 min | Short, Drama

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A double slide projection with 116 images. Varying degrees of roaring ocean waves, in between pictures of pathetic love, as well as representations of human sexuality - dramaturgically ... See full summary »

Writer: Nicolaas Schmidt | Director: Nicolaas Schmidt

27. Folie à deux (2007)

26 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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A man suffering from a rare condition known as hyperacusis, which involves the sudden and painful increasing of volume levels, has become withdrawn into a world of his own fantasies, ... See full summary »

Writer: Devin Anderson Wiley | Director: Devin Anderson Wiley | Stars: Eric Hunter, Bernadette Cuvalo, Benjamin Sharp, Jennifer Marie Anderson

28. North by Northwest: A Conversation (2006 Video)

6 min | Short

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"For North by Northwest; A Conversation," is re-edited footage from a scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest." The director's vision creates and confirms viewing conventions, which... See full summary »

Director: Natalie Frigo

29. Street Musique (1972)

9 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.3
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Director: Ryan Larkin

30. 24 Frames per Second (1978)

11 min | Short

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Director: Takahiko Iimura

31. Sunsets (1970)

16 min | Short, Music

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Director: Phill Niblock

32. Daydream of the End (2009)

6 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

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"Ensueño del Fin" is an oniric essay about the unknown. A work that mix surrealism, experimental digital video and a little of abstract film (visual and sound). This short-film tries to ... See full summary »

Writer: Angelines Amaro Gómez | Director: Angelines Amaro Gómez | Stars: Angelines Amaro Gómez, María Martínez

33. Terminal (II) (2005)

4 min | Short

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Terminal explores abandoned places, looking for their voice and beauty. Each location has imprints from those who had left years ago, forging forgotten history with its new future. The ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Treuting

34. Azogaraz (2013 Video)

3 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Writer: Isma Rubio | Director: Isma Rubio

35. Dinner with the Stranger (2006)

2 min | Short

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A collage of footage from the movie "The Stranger," giving the appearance of six uninterrupted takes for each character. Most of the scene's dialogue is removed from the original dinner ... See full summary »

Director: Natalie Frigo

36. The Movement of People Working (2003 Video)

208 min | Music

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A compilation of non-narrative films shot in the 1970s and 1980s by Phill Niblock concerned with the movement people make when they do menial tasks.

Director: Phill Niblock

37. Etüde in 1440 x 1080 (2013)

2 min | Short

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Director: Björn Last

38. Fundstück (2012)

2 min | Short

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Writer: Björn Last | Director: Björn Last