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Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) 1920,  Unrated)
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari. (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari)
An elaborate film, a mystery that grows organically in every gesture, in every detail of Expressionist sets, apparently twisted somewhere towards the end, but the last line... is it so comforting as it seems?!
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Le Retour à la Raison (Return to Reason) 1923,  Unrated)
Le Retour à la Raison (Return to Reason)
Images are dancing hallucinatory, the word 'dancer' appears at a time and in the end a torso executes graceful rotation movements in the light. So, I assume that there is a theme. But the film is a technical experiment and there might as well be none.

In any case, it is so short that it would take less time to watch it than to read the review. And then you can draw your own conclusion.
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The Smiling Madame Beudet (La Souriante Madame Beudet) 1923,  Unrated)
The Smiling Madame Beudet (La Souriante Madame Beudet)
Madame Beudet is trapped in a marriage that cancels her personality and the film suggests the unfortunate situation of the woman through her husband's brutal gestures: he re-arranges her flowers again and again, he locks the piano, he's mocking her in front of his friend.
I'm not sure if the title is sarcastic (Mrs. Beudet is fundamentally unhappy) or if she smiles her dreams to escape from this marriage.
She would like a divorce, but a better opportunity seems to arise when her husband leaves home, not before playing his favorite joke: suicide with an unloaded gun. She loads the gun, but is then haunted by remorse. Even more, her husband's image follows her in the night dreams.
In the morning, she tries unsuccessfully to remove the bullets from the revolver but her husband changes his mind and heads the gun to her.
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Symphonie diagonale (Symphonie diaganale) 1924,  Unrated)
Symphonie diagonale (Symphonie diaganale)
Beautiful animated geometry. Beautiful like a modern abstract painting, and beautiful like a classic symphonie. Painting in motion. Key words: symetry, harmony.

No need to understand anything, just enjoy its incredible beauty, feel its rhythm.
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Entr'acte 1924,  Unrated)
Entr'acte
Ballet choreography, with film techniques.
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Ballet mécanique 1924,  Unrated)
Ballet mécanique
Demonic and splitting rotation of mechanisms turns to include human beings, too. Terrible idea!
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Anémic cinéma 1925,  Unrated)
Anémic cinéma
Hypnotic spirales et quelques phrases musicales.
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Emak-Bakia 1926,  Unrated)
Emak-Bakia
The eye, the eye... it seems it was betrayed by the shapes!

No! To me, all those images weren't unrelated. The world is all shape and movement.
The flowers are the door. We see flowers, than nails, some flowing shapes... then we see flowers again before the woman with the automobil shows up somewhere at the seaside. Whitout being obvious, the images are related... the girl's eyes are painted, she can't see... hands of shadow fondle the world.
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Kurutta ippêji (A Crazy Page)(A Page of Madness) 1926,  Unrated)
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La Coquille et le clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) 1928,  Unrated)
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Metropolis 1927,  PG-13)
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Vormittagsspuk (Ghosts Before Breakfast) 1928,  Unrated)
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L'Étoile de mer 1928,  Unrated)
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Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1929,  Unrated)
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L'Age D'Or 1930,  Unrated)
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The Blood of a Poet 1930,  Unrated)
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Freaks 1932,  Unrated)
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Les Hurdes (Land Without Bread) 1933,  Unrated)
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Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) 1933,  Unrated)
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Rose Hobart 1936,  Unrated)
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Meshes of the Afternoon 1943,  Unrated)
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Witch's Cradle 1942,  Unrated)
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Spellbound 1945,  Unrated)
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Ritual in Transfigured Time 1946,  Unrated)
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Dreams That Money Can Buy 1947,  Unrated)
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Fireworks 1947,  Unrated)
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Un Chant D'Amour (A Song of Love) 1950,  Unrated)
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Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) 1952,  Unrated)
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Pleasure Garden 1953,  Unrated)
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Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome 1954,  Unrated)
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un crimen)(Rehearsal for a Crime) 1955,  Unrated)
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The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) 1957,  Unrated)
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Dwaj ludzie z szafa (Two Men and a Wardrobe) 1958,  Unrated)
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Mon Oncle 1958,  Unrated)
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Hiroshima Mon Amour (Hiroshima, My Love) 1959,  Unrated)
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La Dolce Vita 1960,  Unrated)
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L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) 1961,  Unrated)
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Viridiana 1961,  R)
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Aprili 1961,  Unrated)
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La Jetée (The Pier) 1962,  Unrated)
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Testament of Orpheus 1962,  Unrated)
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Heaven and Earth Magic 1962,  Unrated)
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El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) 1967,  Unrated)
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8 1/2 1963,  Unrated)
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Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors 1963,  Unrated)
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Matango:Attack of the Mushroom People 1963,  Unrated)
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Mothlight 1963,  Unrated)
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Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) 1964,  Unrated)
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Prelude: Dog Star Man 1962,  Unrated)
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Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) 1964,  Unrated)
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Giulietta degli Spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits) 1965,  Unrated)
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Hra s kameny (A Game with Stones) 1965,  Unrated)
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Repulsion 1965,  Unrated)
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Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?) 1966,  Unrated)
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La fórmula secreta (The Secret Formula) 1965,  Unrated)
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Alphaville 1965,  Unrated)
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Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert) 1965,  Unrated)
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Uccellacci e uccellini (Hawks and Sparrows) 1965,  Unrated)
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Happy End (Stastny konec) 1966,  Unrated)
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Persona 1966,  Unrated)
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Chappaqua 1966,  R)
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2 ou 3 Choses que je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her) 1967,  Unrated)
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This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (Esta Noite Encarnarei no Teu Cadáver) (Tonight I Will Enter Your Corpse) 1967,  Unrated)
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Weekend (Week End) 1967,  Unrated)
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Belle de Jour 1968,  R)
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Daisies 2012,  Unrated)
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Ningen Johatsu (A Man Vanishes) 1967,  Unrated)
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Barrier 1967,  Unrated)
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The Alphabet 1968,  Unrated)
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Head 1968,  PG)
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Byt (The Flat) 1968,  Unrated)
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If.... 1968,  R)
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Barbarella 1968,  PG)
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Teorema (Theorem) 1968,  Unrated)
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Kurotokage (Black Lizard) 1984,  Unrated)
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Hour of the Wolf (Vargtimmen) 1968,  Unrated)
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Spalovac Mrtvol (The Cremator) 1969,  Unrated)
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2001: A Space Odyssey 1968,  G)
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Fando y Lis (Fando and Lis) 1970,  Unrated)
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Goto, l'île d'amour, (Goto, Island of Love) 1969,  PG)
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Tichý týden v dome ,(A Quiet Week in the House ) 1969,  PG)
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Fellini - Satyricon (The Degenerates) 1969,  R)
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L'Immortelle 1969,  Unrated)
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Vtackovia, siroty a blazni (Birds, Orphans and Fools) 1969,  Unrated)
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La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) 1969,  PG)
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The Bed Sitting Room 1969,  PG-13)
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Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova ) 1980,  Unrated)
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Porcile (Pigpen) (Pigsty) 1969,  Unrated)
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Yuke yuke nidome no shojo (Go, Go Second Time Virgin) 2008,  PG)
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Macunaíma (Jungle Freaks) 1969,  Unrated)
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Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) 1969,  Unrated)
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Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? 1969,  R)
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Even Dwarfs Started Small 1970,  Unrated)
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The Grandmother 1970,  Unrated)
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Scorpio Rising 1964,  Unrated)
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Ovoce stromu rajskych jime (Fruit of Paradise) 1970,  Unrated)
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L'urlo (The Howl) 1970,  Unrated)
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Performance 1970,  R)
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O Ritual dos Sádicos (Awakening of the Beast) 1970,  NC-17)
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The Lickerish Quartet 1970,  R)
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Funeral Parade of Roses 1970,  Unrated)
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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970,  Unrated)
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Brewster McCloud 1971,  R)
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Zabriskie Point 1970,  R)
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El Topo 1970,  Unrated)
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Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (Emperor Tomato Ketchup) 1971,  Unrated)
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Sho o Suteyo Machi e Deyou (Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets) 1971,  Unrated)
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W. R.: Mysteries of the Organism (W.R. - Misterije organizma) 1971,  NC-17)
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Trzecia Czesc Nocy (The Third Part of the Night) 1971,  Unrated)
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Walkabout 1971,  R)
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A Clockwork Orange 1971,  R)
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Viva la muerte 1971,  Unrated)
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Der Grosse Verhau 1971,  Unrated)
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The Devils 1971,  R)
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The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) 1972,  PG)
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Greaser's Palace 1972,  Unrated)
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La Cabina (The Phone Box) (The Telephone Box) 1972,  Unrated)
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Diabel (The Devil) 1972,  Unrated)
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, But Were Afraid to Ask 1972,  R)
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Lucifer Rising 1972,  Unrated)
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The Mansion of Madness (Edgar Allan Poe: Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon) 1972,  R)
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Alabama's Ghost 1972,  PG)
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Malpertuis: The Legend of Doom House 1971,  Unrated)
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Diary of Forbidden Dreams (Che?) ,  R)
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Salomè 1972,  Unrated)
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La Grande Bouffe (Blow-Out) (Blow Out) 1973,  NC-17)
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J'irai comme un cheval fou (I Will Go Like a Wild Horse)(I Will Walk Like a Crazy Horse) 1973,  Unrated)
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Heavy Traffic 1973,  R)
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The Spirit of the Beehive (El Espíritu de la colmena) 2006,  Unrated)
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The Holy Mountain 1973,  R)
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Fantastic Planet 1973,  PG)
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O Lucky Man! 1973,  R)
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Themroc 1973,  Unrated)
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Sanatorium pod Klepsydra (The Hour-Glass Sanatorium) (The Sandglass) 1973,  Unrated)
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Zerkalo (The Mirror) 1975,  Unrated)
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Den-en ni shisu (Pastoral Hide and Seek) 1974,  Unrated)
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Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) 1974,  R)
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Dorotheas Rache (Dorothea's Revenge) 1974,  Unrated)
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Sweet Movie 1974,  Unrated)
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Darktown Strutters (Get Down and Boogie) 1975,  PG)
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Space Is The Place 1974,  R)
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Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) 1974,  R)
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L'Arbre de Guernica (The Tree of Guernica) 1976,  Unrated)
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Black Moon 1975,  R)
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Electra, My Love (Szerelmem, Elektra) 1975,  Unrated)
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Coonskin (Bustin' Out) (Street Fight) 1975,  R)
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La Bête (The Beast) 1975,  NC-17)
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Solyaris (Solaris) 1976,  PG)
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The Tenant 1976,  R)
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Desperate Living (Edited Version) 1977,  R)
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Wizards 1977,  PG)
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Le Couple témoin (The Model Couple) 1977,  Unrated)
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Hausu (House) 1977,  Unrated)
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That Obscure Object of Desire 1977,  R)
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Suspiria 1977,  R)
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Eraserhead 1977,  R)
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The Shout 1979,  R)
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Ciao Maschio (Bye Bye Monkey) 1978,  R)
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Jubilee 1978,  R)
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Zoo zéro 1979,  Unrated)
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Stalker 1979,  Unrated)
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Bye Bye Brasil 1980,  R)
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L'Hypothèse du tableau volé (The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting) 1979,  PG)
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Arrebato (Rapture) 1980,  Unrated)
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Buffet froid (Cold Cuts) 1980,  R)
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The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) 1980,  R)
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Altered States 1980,  R)
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City of Women (La città delle donne) 1981,  R)
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Mon Oncle d'Amérique 1980,  PG)
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Golem 1980,  Unrated)
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Time Bandits 1981,  PG)
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Wojna swiatów - nastepne stulecie (The War of the World: Next Century) 1981,  Unrated)
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Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops) 1981,  R)
Possession (The Night the Screaming Stops)
1981
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American Pop 1981,  R)
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Pink Floyd - The Wall 1982,  R)
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Forbidden Zone 1982,  R)
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Videodrome 1983,  R)
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Moznosti dialogu (Dimensions of Dialogue) 1983,  Unrated)
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Liquid Sky 1983,  R)
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Britannia Hospital 2001,  R)
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La Belle Captive 1983,  Unrated)
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Chronopolis 1983,  Unrated)
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Eréndira 1983,  Unrated)
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Kusa-meikyu (Grass Labyrinth) 1983,  Unrated)
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Angyali üdvözlet (The Annunciation) 1983,  Unrated)
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The Moon in the Gutter 1983,  R)
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De Vierde Man (The Fourth Man) (The 4th Man) 1983,  Unrated)
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Nostalghia 2013,  Unrated)
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What Have I Done to Deserve This? (Que he hecho yo para merecer esto?) ,  Unrated)
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Come and See (Idi i smotri) 1985,  Unrated)
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Brazil 1985,  R)
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Static 1986,  R)
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Tenshi no tamago (Angel's Egg)(Egg of God) 1985,  Unrated)
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Bliss 1985,  R)
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The Illusionist (De Illusionist) 1985,  Unrated)
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A Zed and Two Noughts 1990,  R)
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Kenneth Anger - The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome 1986,  Unrated)
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Mauvais Sang 2013,  Unrated)
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Ga, Ga - Chwala bohaterom (Ga-ga: Glory to the Heroes) 1986,  Unrated)
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Kin-Dza-Dza 1986,  Unrated)
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De wisselwachter (The Pointsman ) 1986,  R)
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Blue Velvet 1986,  R)
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Tenue de Soirée (Evening Dress) (Ménage) 1986,  Unrated)
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Street of Crocodiles 1987,  Unrated)
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Humanoid Woman 1987,  Unrated)
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Monanieba (Repentance) 1984,  PG)
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Wings of Desire 1987,  PG-13)
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Tales from the Gimli Hospital 1988,  Unrated)
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On the Silver Globe (Na srebrnym globie) 1988,  Unrated)
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Beetlejuice 1988,  PG)
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Drowning by Numbers 1988,  R)
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Alice (Neco z Alenky) 1988,  Unrated)
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Time of the Gypsies (Dom za vesanje) 1989,  R)
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Posetitel muzeya (Visitor of a Museum) 1990,  Unrated)
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Meet the Hollowheads 1989,  PG)
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Begotten 1989,  Unrated)
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989,  NC-17)
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Gorod Zero, (Zero City), (City Zero) 1990,  Unrated)
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Dr. Caligari 1989,  R)
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Meet the Feebles 1989,  R)
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Tetsuo: The Ironman 1989,  R)
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Paperhouse 1989,  PG-13)
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La Voce della luna (The Voice of the Moon) 1989,  Unrated)
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Santa sangre (Holy Blood) 1990,  R)
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Jacob's Ladder 1990,  R)
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Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma 1990,  Unrated)
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Wild At Heart 1990,  R)
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Dreams 1990,  PG)
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The Garden 1990,  PG-13)
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Barton Fink 1991,  R)
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Motorama 1992,  R)
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Pet Shop Boys - It Couldn't Happen Here 1988,  PG)
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Prospero's Books 1991,  R)
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Naked Lunch 1991,  R)
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Poison 1991,  NC-17)
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The Reflecting Skin 1990,  R)
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Archangel 1991,  Unrated)
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Delicatessen 1991,  R)
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992,  Unrated)
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Manoushe: A Gypsy Love Story 1992,  Unrated)
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Acción mutante (Mutant Action) 1993,  Unrated)
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The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb 1993,  Unrated)
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Arizona Dream 1993,  R)
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The Cement Garden 1992,  Unrated)
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Léolo 1992,  PG)
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Green Snake 1993,  Unrated)
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Johnny Aquarius 1993,  Unrated)
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Careful 1993,  R)
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Natural Born Killers 1994,  R)
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Akumulátor 1 (Accumulator 1) 1994,  Unrated)
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Ewangelia wedlug Harry'ego (The Gospel According to Harry) (Desert Lunch) 1994,  Unrated)
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Faust 1994,  Unrated)
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Twelve Monkeys (12 Monkeys) 1995,  R)
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Underground 1995,  Unrated)
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The Institute Benjamenta 1996,  Unrated)
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The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) 1995,  R)
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Záhrada (The Garden) 1995,  Unrated)
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The Wild Side 1995,  R)
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Cremaster 1 1996,  Unrated)
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Camping Cosmos 1996,  R)
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Tromeo and Juliet 1997,  R)
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Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni (Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Eva 1997,  Unrated)
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Nowhere 1997,  R)
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I Married a Strange Person 1998,  R)
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Lost Highway 1997,  R)
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Conspirators of Pleasure 1997,  Unrated)
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Cremaster 5 1997,  Unrated)
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Sitcom 1999,  Unrated)
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998,  R)
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Pi 1998,  R)
Pi
A "genius" obsessed with his own brain, not the numbers. No wonder he failed.

Reminded me of the myriapod who asked how his feet move, wasn't able to walk anymore.
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Cremaster 2 1999,  Unrated)
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Being John Malkovich 1999,  R)
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Goodbye, 20th Century (Zbogum na dvaesetiot vek) 1999,  Unrated)
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Luna Papa (Moon Father) 2000,  Unrated)
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The Saragossa Manuscript 1999,  Unrated)
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Charisma 2000,  Unrated)
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Spectres of the Spectrum 1999,  Unrated)
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Songs From the Second Floor 2002,  Unrated)
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Shilje sanghwang (Real Fiction) 2000,  Unrated)
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The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz 2000,  Unrated)
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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T 1953,  G)
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Werckmeister Harmonies 2001,  Unrated)
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Mulholland Drive 2001,  R)
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Hey, Happy! 2001,  Unrated)
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The American Astronaut 2001,  Unrated)
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The Happiness of the Katakuris 2001,  R)
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Suicide Club (jisatsu Sakuru) 2001,  Unrated)
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Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) 2002,  R)
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Spirited Away 2001,  PG)
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A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi) 2002,  R)
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Cremaster 3 2003,  Unrated)
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Tuvalu 2002,  Unrated)
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The Adventures Of God (las Aventuras De Dios) 2002,  Unrated)
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Uzumaki 2002,  G)
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Gozu (Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu) 2003,  R)
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Insatiability 2003,  Unrated)
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Vera 2003,  Unrated)
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The Saddest Music in the World 2004,  R)
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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 2004,  R)
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Firecracker 2005,  Unrated)
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3-Iron 2004,  R)
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Palindromes 2004,  Unrated)
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Survive Style 5+ 2004,  Unrated)
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Ryan 2004,  Unrated)
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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions 2005,  Unrated)
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Black Night (Nuit noire) 2005,  Unrated)
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Taxidermia 2006,  Unrated)
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Lunacy 2006,  G)
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Die Reise ins Glück (A Journey Into Bliss) 2005,  Unrated)
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The Science of Sleep 2006,  R)
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Avant Garde and Experimental Films ,  Unrated)
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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes 2006,  Unrated)
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Renaissance 2006,  R)
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The Fall 2006,  R)
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Avida 2006,  Unrated)
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Soom (Breath) 2007,  Unrated)
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Tian bian yi duo yun (The Wayward Cloud) 2005,  Unrated)
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Shi gan (Time) 2007,  Unrated)
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Waltz with Bashir 2008,  R)
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Bi-mong (Dream) 2008,  Unrated)
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1 2009,  Unrated)
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Du Levande (You, The Living) 2007,  Unrated)
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Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) 2010,  Unrated)
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Bakjwi (Thirst) 2009,  R)
Bakjwi (Thirst)
Lovely vampire comedy.
Call it an existential drama or an ideal romance if you like... it works any way.
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Bibliothèque Pascal 2010,  Unrated)

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  1. 366weirdmovies
    366weirdmovies posted 4 years ago

    Great list Alice! They're not all surrealist films (ETERNAL SUNSHINE, for example, certianly isn't) but I think they're all at least strongly influenced by surrealism.

  2. rommeldog22
    rommeldog22 posted 23 months ago

    there's a little bit of a mix-up here between surrealism, magic realism and just plain science fiction. However, it's a terrific list for people who really want to get into what the medium film can aspire to achieve.