Classic Foreign Films

(1919 to 1968)
These are acknowledged classics that one must see to be considered cinema literate across national boundaries. Other county libraries have additional classics from this period, e.g., Closely Watched Trains (Czechoslovakian, 1966; Coatesville Area Public Library), Germany Year Zero (Italian, 1948; Tredyffrin Public Library), Last Year at Marienbad (French, 1961; Phoenixville Public Library), Paisa (Italian, 1946; Tredyffrin Public Library), Pather Panchali (Indian, 1955; Bayard Taylor Memorial Library), Triumph of the Will (German, 1935; Tredyffrin Public Library).

Alphaville (French, 1965)
Ashes and Diamonds (Polish, 1957)
L’Atalante (French, 1934)
Ballad of a Soldier (Russian, 1959)
Battle of Algiers (French, 1966)
Battleship Potemkin (Russian, 1925) [silent]
Belle du Jour (French, 1967)
The Bicycle Thief (Italian, 1950)
Black Sunday (Italian, 1960)
Breathless (French, 1960)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (German, 1919) [silent]
Children of Paradise (French, 1945)
The Cranes Are Flying (Russian, 1957)
Death of a Cyclist (Spanish, 1955)
Diabolique (French, 1955)
La Dolce Vita (Italian, 1960)
The Earrings of Madame de (French, 1953)
8 ½ (Italian, 1963)
The 400 Blows (French, 1959)
Grand Illusion (French, 1937)
Ikiru (Japanese, 1952)
Jules and Jim (French, 1962)
Juliet of the Spirits (Italian, 1965)
Kanal (Polish, 1958)
King of Hearts (French, 1967)
The Leopard (Italian, 1963)
M (German, 1931)
A Man and a Woman (French, 1966)
Metropolis (German, 1927) [silent]
Die Nibelungen (German, 1924) [silent]
Nosferatu (German, 1922) [silent]
Olympia (German, 1938)
Open City (Italian, 1945)
Pandora’s Box (German, 1929)
Persona (Swedish, 1966)
Rashomon (Japanese, 1950)
La Ronde (French, 1950)
The Rules of the Game (French, 1939)
Senso (Italian, 1954)
The Seven Samurai (Japanese, 1954)
The Seventh Seal (Swedish, 1956)
Shoot the Piano Player (French, 1960)
La Strada (Italian, 1954)
Vampyr (German, 1932)
Smiles of a Summer Night (Swedish, 1955)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (French, 1964)
The Virgin Spring (Swedish, 1960)
The Wages of Fear (French, 1953)
War and Peace (Russian, 1967)
Wild Strawberries (Swedish, 1957)
Z (French, 1968)

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