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1. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music

8.5
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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.

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

Votes: 25,101 | Gross: $2.60M

2. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary, Music

8.3
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A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel

Votes: 28,151

3. Powaqqatsi (1988)

G | 99 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.

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

Votes: 6,376 | Gross: $0.59M

4. Chronos (1985)

Not Rated | 43 min | Documentary

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.

Director: Ron Fricke

Votes: 2,505

5. 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.

Director: Godfrey Reggio | Stars: Belladonna, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Votes: 4,419 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Empire (1964)

485 min | Documentary

3.9
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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: Jonas Mekas

Votes: 927

7. Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)

Not Rated | 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 | Stars: Djuangjai Hirunsri, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Saisiri Xoomsai

Votes: 773

8. 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

Votes: 180

9. les aventures d'archives

Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi | Post-production

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Director: Tyler Meyer | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Elvis Presley, Walt Disney, Barack Obama

10. Totality (1999)

Documentary, Music

8.9
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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

Votes: 27

11. From the East (1993)

107 min | Documentary

7.4
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A look at life in Eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Natalia Chakhovskaia

Votes: 394

12. Là-bas (2006)

78 min | Documentary

7.2
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Director: Chantal Akerman | Star: Chantal Akerman

Votes: 63

13. Walking (1968)

M | 5 min | Animation, Short

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

Director: Ryan Larkin

Votes: 593

14. Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî (1984)

Fantasy, Music

7.6
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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 »

Votes: 61

15. A Journey (II) (2017)

72 min | Documentary, Adventure, Mystery | Completed

A cinematic journey through the world

Director: José P.C. | Star: José P.C.

16. Bucharestless (2011)

93 min | Documentary

8.1
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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 »

Director: George Dorobantu

Votes: 19

17. Silicon Valley Timelapse (2008)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

8.0
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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.

Director: Nate North

Votes: 15

18. Hollywood Blvd, USA (2014)

2 min | Short

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Director: Stephen Hillenburg

19. Satiemania (1978)

14 min | Animation, Short

6.9
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A short film which documents the animator's satirical outlook on life using only music and images to convey the message.

Director: Zdenko Gasparovic

Votes: 257

20. Street Musique (1972)

9 min | Animation, Short, Music

7.4
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Ryan Larkin's final animated short mixes live-action black-and-white footage of typical street musicians in the city of Montreal with animation synchronized with the music.

Director: Ryan Larkin

Votes: 299

21. Manual of Arms (1966)

17 min | Short

5.3
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An experimental short by Hollis Frampton who films 14 of his friends in various poses.

Director: Hollis Frampton

Votes: 158

22. IN PARADISUM le veritable dragon rouge (2017)

14 min | Short, Horror | Completed

I walk amongst ourselves... I am our Beast.

Director: Ricardo Bross | Star: Jim Jones

23. 24 Frames per Second (1978)

11 min | Short

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Director: Takahiko Iimura

24. Bad News (2016)

Short

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Director: Marah Zada | Stars: Nadine Katkhuda, Michel Maayeh, Siba Zada

25. The Movement of People Working (2003 Video)

208 min | Music

6.5
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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

Votes: 6

26. 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

27. The Dream Is Still a Dream (2005)

16 min | Short

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Director: Kate Dollenmayer

28. Chromafilm (2011)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Leslie Bell

29. Ensueño del fin (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 »

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

30. Gut zu leben ist die beste Rache (2012)

4 min | Documentary, Short

8.7
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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

Votes: 10

31. Atlas Dei (2007 Video)

95 min | Music

7.8
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Director: Daniel Colvin

Votes: 5

32. 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

33. It's Me (1976)

68 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Frans Zwartjes | Star: Willeke van Ammelrooy

Votes: 5

34. Ex Voto (2004 Video)

16 min | Short, Fantasy

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

35. Sunsets (1970)

16 min | Short, Music

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Director: Phill Niblock

36. Break (II) (2013)

14 min | Short, Drama, Romance

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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 »

Director: Nicolaas Schmidt

37. Azogaraz (2013 Video)

3 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Director: Isma Rubio

38. Amaranthine (2012)

11 min | Short, Drama

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A young woman searches for the source of eternal life.

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

39. China (1988)

44 min | Short, Music

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In just 45 minutes you'll unlock the secret tastes of Chinese tea - the 'champagne' of teas - grown for centuries in the high mountains of Yunnan, south west China. Teas enjoyed by millions... See full summary »

Director: Phill Niblock

40. Etüde in 1440 x 1080 (2013)

2 min | Short

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Director: Björn Last

41. Beobachtungen einer Postproduktion (2009)

5 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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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.

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

Votes: 16

42. Fundstück (2012)

2 min | Short

5.9
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Director: Björn Last

Votes: 7

43. Heild (2014)

70 min | Documentary

5.8
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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.

Director: Petur Kristjan Gudmundsson

Votes: 10

44. Folie à deux (2007)

26 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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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 »

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

Votes: 6