A Sentimental Education

For all the young snobs, this is a guide.


Les Vampires
(Louis Feuillade, 1915)


Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
(F.W. Murnau, 1927)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1928)

The New Babylon (Grigori Kozintsev, 1928)

Pandora's Box
(Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929)

Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali , 1929)


The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)

L'Âge d'or
Luis Buñuel, 1930)

Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau, 1930)

Limite (Mario Peixoto, 1931)

La Chienne (Jean Renoir, 1931)

Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (F.W. Murnau, 1931)

One Hour With You (Ernst Lubitsch & George Cukor, 1932)

Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

L'Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)

The Scarlet Empress (Josef von Sternberg, 1934)

Modern Times (Charles Chaplin, 1936)

You Only Live Once (Fritz Lang, 1937)

Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)

The Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)


The Great Dictator (Charles Chaplin, 1940)

Sullivan's Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)

The Magnificent Ambersons (Orson Welles, 1942)

To Be Or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)

Meshes of the Afternoon (Maya Deren, 1943)

I Walked With A Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, 1943)

A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1944)

Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945)

Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946)'

A Matter of Life and Death (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1946)

My Darling Clementine (John Ford, 1946)

Black Narcissus (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1947)

The Lady From Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)

Germany Year Zero (Roberto Rossellini, 1948)

They Live By Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)


Diary of a Country Priest (Robert Bresson, 1951)

Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1951)

Rancho Notorious (Fritz Lang, 1952)

Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)

Eaux D'artifice (Kenneth Anger, 1953)

The Sun Shines Bright (John Ford, 1953)

Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)

Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (Kenneth Anger, 1954)

The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955)

Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)

Street of Shame (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1956)

Aparajito (Satyajit Ray, 1956)

Bigger than Life (Nicholas Ray, 1956)

The Burmese Harp (Kon Ichikawa, 1956)

The World of Apu (Satyajit Ray, 1959)

Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)


Rocco And His Brothers (Luchino Visconti, 1960)

Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford, 1960)

Late Autumn (Yasujiro Ozu, 1960)

Shoot The Piano Player (Francois Truffaut, 1960)

The End of Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1961)

Last Year in Marienbad (Alain Resnais, 1961)

Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, 1961)

Window Water Baby Moving (Stan Brakhage, 1962)

An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962)

L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)

La Jetée
(Chris Marker, 1962)

My Life To Live (Jean-Luc Godard, 1962)

The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

The Fire Within (Louis Malle, 1963)

High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963)

The House Is Black (Forugh Farrokhzad, 1963)

I Fidanzati (Ermanno Olmi, 1963)

Mahanagar (Satyajit Ray, 1963)

Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour
(Alain Resnais, 1963)

The Silence (Ingmar Bergman, 1963)

An Actor's Revenge (Kon Ichikawa, 1963)

Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (Sergei Parajanov, 1964)

Diamonds of the Night (Jan Nemec, 1964)

Before the Revolution (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1964)

Charulata (Satyajit Ray, 1964)

Deus E o Diabo na Terra do Sol (Glauber Rocha, 1964)

Gate of Flesh (Seijun Suzuki, 1964)

Gertrud (Carl Th. Dreyer, 1964)

The Gospel According To St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964)

Scorpio Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1964)

Le Bonheur (Agnes Varda, 1965)

Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa, 1965)

Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)

The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966)

Masculin Feminin (Jean-Luc Godard, 1966)

Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967)

A Man Vanishes (Shohei Immamura, 1967)

Mouchette (Robert Bresson, 1967)

Week End (Jean-Luc Godard, 1967)

Faces (John Cassavetes, 1968)

Hour of the Wolf (Ingmar Bergman, 1968)

Invocation Of My Demon Brother (Kenneth Anger, 1969)

Go Go Second Time Virgin (Koji Wakamatsu, 1969)

Le Lit de la Vierge (Phillippe Garrel, 1969)

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)


The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut, 1970)

Eden and After (Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1970)

Heroic Purgatory (Yoshihige Yoshida, 1970)

Trash (Paul Morrissey, 1970)

Tristana (Luis Buñuel, 1970)

The Man Who Left His Will On Film (Nagisa Oshima, 1970)

Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)

Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Shuji Terayama, 1971)

McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)

Throw Away Your Books, Rally In The Streets (Shuji Terayama, 1971)

Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1972)

Lucifer Rising (Kenneth Anger, 1972)

The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)

The Holy Mountain (Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973)

The Mother and The Whore (Jean Eustache, 1973)

Celine and Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)

Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974)

Blood for Dracula (Paul Morrissey, 1974)

Edvard Munch (Peter Watkins, 1974)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog, 1974)

Pastoral: To Die In The Country (Shuji Terayama, 1974)

Sweet Movie (Dusan Makajevev, 1974)

The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)

India Song (Marguerite Duras, 1975)

Black Moon (Louis Malle, 1975)

That Most Important Thing: Love (Andrzej Zulawski, 1975)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai de Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

The Man Who Fell To Earth (Nicolas Roeg, 1976)

Killer of Sheep (Charles Burtnett, 1977)

The Devil Probably (Robert Bresson, 1977)

Opening Night (John Cassavetes, 1977)

Stroszek (Werner Herzog, 1977)

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)

Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)

The Green Room (Francois Truffaut, 1978)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979)

Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)


Out Of The Blue (Dennis Hopper, 1980)

Loulou (Maurice Pialat, 1980)

Lola (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1981)

Possession (Andrzej Zulawski, 1981)

El Sur (Victor Erice, 1983)

My Brother's Wedding (Charles Burtnett, 1983)

Sans Soleil (Chris Marker, 1983)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984)

Love Streams (John Cassavetes, 1984)

Class Relations (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 1984)

Taipei Story (Edward Yang, 1985)

A Time To Live, A Time To Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1985)

A Zed and Two Noughts (Peter Greenaway, 1985)

Dust in the Wind (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1986)

Sherman's March (Ross McElwee, 1986)

The Horse Thief (Zhuangzhuang Tian, 1986)

Mauvais Sang (Leos Carax, 1986)

Where Is The Friend's Home? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987)

Law of Desire (Pedro Almodovar, 1987)

Days of Eclipse (Aleksandr Sokurov, 1988)

A Short Film About Killing (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1988)

Time of the Gypsies (Emir Kusturica, 1988)

The Last of England
(Derek Jarman, 1988)

City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989)


Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)

A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)

The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1991)

Hoop Dreams (Steve James & Frederick Marx & Peter Gilbert, 1994)

Satantango (Bela Tarr, 1994)

Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)

Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai, 1995)

God's Comedy (João César Monteiro, 1995)

Few of Us (Sharunas Bartas, 1996)

Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)

Gummo (Harmony Korine, 1997)

The Sweet Hereafter (Atom Egoyan, 1997)

The Hole (Tsai Ming-liang, 1998)

The Power of Kangwon Province (Hong sang-soo, 1998)

Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)

(Bruno Dumont, 1999)


Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)

Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)

In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)

The Heart of the World (Guy Maddin, 2000)

Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2001)

Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001)

Morvern Callar (Lynne Ramsay, 2002)

The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2002)

Twentynine Palms (Bruno Dumont, 2003)

Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

Los Muertos (Lisandro Alonso, 2004)

Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa, 2006)

Still Life (Jia Zhang-Ke, 2006)


face said...

Pretty decent list. I can almost agree that people should see Gummo, even if it is awful. My question is: I'm pretty sure you haven't seen quite a few of these, so where did you crib the extras from?

Anonymous said...


The 80s are probably the worst years for anything. Music, film, art, fashion, women. Pretty much the world shouldn't have existed in the 80s.

And no Metropolis? For shame.

roujin said...

The ones I haven't seen just look interesting to me (hence all the awesome Kenneth Anger stuff; the stills look awesome).

A lot of this is stuff I've run into reading stuff on blogz + my own taste.

I have half a mind of taking out all the more obvious stuff and replacing them with snobbier picks (rules of the game for boudou saved from drowning/la chienne, whatever).

face said...

Screw that, if anything, just add titles that are more obscure. There are so so many titles that need visibility.

Also, all the Anger stuff is awesome. Kustom Kar Kommandos is my favorite.

roujin said...

Yeah, I could just do that too. I'll add more shit when I have more time.

ZILLA said...

I've come to the realization, that the 80s sucked. For everything, fashion, film, music, everything! Glad I didn't live back then.

pie said...

hey do you think you can do a best of 2008 list. i honestly can not think of any decent films that came out this year

roujin said...

I haven't seen that much 2008 stuff to be honest.

I'll have a list on dec 31 with everything I've seen (I'm gonna try to make December a new releases month for me). We'll see.