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Great Debuts

First impressions count. These features launched some of cinema's highest achievers, showing the themes and techniques to which many would return.

Whether on land, at sea or on the road, these debuts show what happens when an instinct for storytelling meets the medium in which it will blossom.

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Breathless / À bout de souffle
Breathless / À bout de souffle
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Breathless / À bout de souffle

Film noir196090 minsDirector: Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard’s extraordinary debut feature, an insouciant and iconoclastic crime film that paved the way for the French New Wave.

The Immortal One
The Immortal One
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The Immortal One

Drama1962101 mins

The debut feature from famed novelist and screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet is a daring examination of fantasy and memory set in Turkey.

Shadows
Shadows
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Shadows

Drama195982 minsDirector: John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes' directorial debut follows the relationship between a mixed-race woman and a white man.

Loving Memory
Loving Memory
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Loving Memory

Drama197052 minsDirector: Tony Scott

An unsettling portrait of love and loss by the director of Top Gun.

Unrelated
Unrelated
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Unrelated

Drama200796 minsDirector: Joanna Hogg

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

Radio On
Radio On
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Radio On

Road movie1979100 minsDirector: Chris Petit

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.

Distant Voices Still Lives
Distant Voices Still Lives
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Distant Voices Still Lives

Biopic198881 minsDirector: Terence Davies

Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.

Sanshiro Sugata
Sanshiro Sugata
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Sanshiro Sugata

Crime194379 minsDirector: Akira Kurosawa

Kurosawa’s assured debut film about a young man’s spiritual journey through the study and practice of judo.

The Falls
The Falls
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The Falls

Animation & Artists Moving Image1980195 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's epic first feature, constructed as an excerpt from an imagined, filmic directory listing everyone affected by VUE – the Violent Unknown Event

Katzelmacher
Katzelmacher
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Katzelmacher

Drama196989 minsDirector: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

A Greek immigrant unleashes jealousy and xenophobia among a group of Munich neighbours in Fassbinder’s shocking adaptation of his own play.

In Which We Serve
In Which We Serve
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In Which We Serve

War1942114 minsDirector: David Lean

Noel Coward and David Lean direct this affecting drama of a Royal Navy crew recalling their lives in flashback, as their ship sinks.

The Goob
The Goob
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The Goob

Drama201484 minsDirector: Guy Myhill

A teen seeks meaning as an East Anglian summer and a violent outsider threaten to overwhelm.