UNESCO's Memory of the World: National Cinematic Heritage

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Canada (these entries refer to multiple films and it's unclear exactly which films are included): A selection of OMPB films (1917-34) A selection of films produced by the government of Canada before the creation of the National Film Board (1923-41) Canadian Cameo Series (1932-54) Films by Maurice Proulx (1937-59) Animated films of the National Film Board (1941-44) Shorts produced at the London headquarters of the Canadian army during the last war (1941-45)

Ecuador (these entries refer to multiple films and it's unclear exactly which films are included): Obra Filmica Documental Miguel A. Alvarez (1927-35) Obra Filmica Documental Karl Gartelman (1970)

The Holy See (it's unclear exactly which film this refers to): Leone XIII (1896)

Kazakhstan (the original titles are unknown): Two Days in Spring (1983) Songs of Orynbasar (1983) Miracle Land (1989) Baiterek (1990)

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4. Ondyelwa: a Festa do Boi Sagrado (1979)

43 min | Documentary, Short

The end of the Ondyelwa. Scenes from the three last days of the festival in which the population of the old Kingdom of Jau participate yearly.

Director: Rui Duarte

Votes: 6

5. Adeus a Hora da Partida (1979)

39 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary on the nation's pain after the death of President Neto, leader of the Angolan Revolution.

Director: Francisco Henriques

8. Conceição Tchiambula (1982)

30 min | Documentary, Short

Documentary on rural workers from the Huambo plateau.

Director: António Ole

9. Nelisita (1982)

90 min | Fantasy

Set during a time of famine, and with only two families surviving, the film charts the struggle of Nelisita, a young man who confronts the spirits with help from animals and his friends. ... See full summary »

Director: Ruy Duarte de Carvalho

Votes: 21

10. Balanço do Tempo na Cena de Angola (1982)

45 min | Documentary

A documentary in which Angolan laborers describe their working conditions under colonial rule.

Director: Ruy Duarte de Carvalho | Stars: Junior Hissibinbwa, Mutumana Mario, Haykondo Tyimyengo

12. Marabu (1985)

25 min | Short

In November 1981, Manu Dibango and his orchestra visited Angola for a series of performances. The film shows the interaction with Angolan musicians.

Director: Denise Salazar

14. Meus Irmãos Cokwes (1991)

15 min | Short

The rich Cokwé culture, (an ethno-linguistic group from eastern Angola) its traditions and habits seen through the eyes of artists.

Director: Manuel Mariano

15. Quem Faz Correr Quim (1991)

22 min | Short

The story of one man's struggle to cope with the birth of his deformed child as he runs back and forth between his wife, mistress, and mother.

Director: Mariano Bartolomeu | Stars: Afonso Malheiro, Sandra Pitra, Maria J. Swart

Votes: 53

16. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 583

Australia

18. The Sentimental Bloke (1919)

106 min | Drama, Romance

A down-at-heal ex-convict undergoes an epiphany as he experiences the love of a good woman for the first time.

Director: Raymond Longford | Stars: Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell, Gilbert Emery, Stanley Robinson

Votes: 234

19. For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)

101 min | Adventure, Romance

A convict, wrongfully accused and sent a harsh prison colony, attempts to escape.

Director: Norman Dawn | Stars: George Fisher, Eva Novak, Dunstan Webb, Jessica Harcourt

Votes: 88

21. 40,000 Horsemen (1940)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, History, War

Three young Australians join the army at the beginning of World War I and are assigned to the Australian Light Horse cavalry, which is serving in Palestine. The three eventually take part ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Grant Taylor, Betty Bryant, Chips Rafferty, Pat Twohill

Votes: 144

22. Kokoda Front Line! (1942)

9 min | Documentary, Short, War

Cameraman Damien Parer has just returned from the front in New Guinea, where he's documented Australian troops in action. He explains this to us in a prolog. We then see air drops of ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Bathurst, Damien Parer

Votes: 186

23. The Back of Beyond (1954)

G | 66 min | Documentary

A documentary film which follows a mailman as he travels along the Birdsville Track in the Outback.

Director: John Heyer | Stars: Tom Kruse, William Henry Butler, Jack the Dogger, Old Joe the Rainmaker

Votes: 73

24. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall

Votes: 272

25. Two Thousand Weeks (1969)

90 min | Drama

A subjective view of a crisis in the life of a writer who calculates he has 2,000 weeks left in his life to fulfill himself.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Mark McManus, Jeanie Drynan, Eileen Chapman, David Turnbull

Votes: 6

26. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 32,482 | Gross: $0.23M

27. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 657

28. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

72 Metascore

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown

Votes: 11,782 | Gross: $7.14M

29. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline-rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 162,374 | Gross: $12.47M

30. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 35,848 | Gross: $5.73M

31. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 24,388 | Gross: $11.74M

32. Sodom und Gomorrha (1922)

150 min | Drama

When the old multimillionaire Jackson Harber wants to marry the young model Mary, she hesitates, but her mother convinces her that this is her chance to lead a life in luxury and leisure. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Georg Reimers, Victor Varconi, Lucy Doraine, Erika Wagner

Votes: 162

Austria

33. The City Without Jews (1924)

80 min | Drama

Jews are expelled from the city of Utopia.

Director: H.K. Breslauer | Stars: Eugen Neufeld, Hans Moser, Anny Miletty, Johannes Riemann

Votes: 200

34. Masquerade in Vienna (1934)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

Vienna 1905: After a carnival party the famous painter Heidenick draws his otherwise engaged girlfriend Anita Helfer with very few clothes on, only blurs her face. The image makes it into ... See full summary »

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Paula Wessely, Anton Walbrook, Olga Tschechowa, Hans Moser

Votes: 284

35. Suburban Cabaret (1935)

93 min | Drama, Musical

A Viennese architect opposes his girlfriend's ambitions as a cabaret singer and turns away from her to do his duty in the infantry and prepare for war.

Director: Werner Hochbaum | Stars: Mathias Wieman, Luise Ullrich, Oskar Sima, Lina Woiwode

Votes: 46

36. Der Prozeß (1948)

108 min | Drama

In 1882 a country girl disappears from a small Hungarian village. The inhabitants suggest that she was murdered by the Jews. Everything is done to accuse them before the trial. A study in ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Ewald Balser, Marianne Schönauer, Ernst Deutsch, Rega Hafenbrödl

Votes: 71

37. Der Rabe (1951)

14 min | Short, Horror

A black and white short depicting the events written by Edgar Allan Poe in his famous poem "The Raven".

Director: Kurt Steinwendner | Stars: Leopold Rudolf, Margit Jergins

Votes: 87

38. The Last Bridge (1954)

102 min | Drama, War

A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner

Votes: 334

39. Kassbach - Ein Portrait (1979)

110 min | Drama

The Viennese vegetable merchant Karl Kassbach becomes a member of the right-wing extremist organization "Initiative", which plans numerous attacks and assassinations in the Vienna.

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Walter Kohut, Immy Schell, Maria Engelstorfer, Konrad Becker

Votes: 60

40. Tales from the Vienna Woods (1979)

90 min | Drama

In Vienna, in 1930, a young woman falls in love with a gambler and leaves her fiancé, a common butcher. They become a couple and have a baby, but he gets bored and leaves them. Without means to support herself, her downfall begins.

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: Birgit Doll, Hanno Pöschl, Helmut Qualtinger, Jane Tilden

Votes: 130

41. Der Schüler Gerber (1981 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

Kurt Gerber is attending his final class and gets into trouble with the math professor, a frustrated self-assured petty bourgeois sadist. The duel ends in catastrophe.

Director: Wolfgang Glück | Stars: Gabriel Barylli, Werner Kreindl, Romuald Pekny, Paola Loew

Votes: 101

42. Ein wenig sterben (1981)

88 min | Drama

Story of an old man who refuses to leave a condemned house even though all the other tenants have left. He barricades himself in and spends his time writing protest letters to the government.

Director: Mansur Madavi | Stars: Axel Klingenberg, Kurt Kosutic, Maria Martina, Heribert Sasse

43. Raffl (1985)

95 min | Drama, History

6.9