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  1. This might be a fun and quite engaging thread. My favourite is the Donald claiming that he could see thousands of Muslims taking to the streets in New Jersey from his office tower on 9/11 to celebrate the World Trade Center attack. He never completely walked that one back. It sort of became metaphorically speaking at some point. Personally, I think this alone should have disqualified him from running for President of the United States. It was so hateful and inflammatory and so not true.
  2. Your Top Foreign Language Films Hello everyone. I enjoyed posting the ’Your Favourite Performances of…’ each week so I thought this might be an interesting carry-on. The main purpose of this and the performances thread was to gather lists of recommended films. For this thread you are simply to consider the overall film. Hopefully there will be some discussion about them too. The format for listing the films should be like this …. 1. Day for Night (1973) Francois Truffaut, France. Lots of films are co-produced by many countries. I usually just try to pick one representative. The predominant language or the nationality of the director may be the best judge. I ask only a few things of participants. First, to wait until I have changed the year of the thread before posting your own choices. Second, to go by the generally accepted theatrical release date of a film rather than the year it was released in North America or nominated for an Oscar. The imdb and wikipedia are pretty good sources for these initial release dates. Film festivals and most premieres count as release dates. I have my own rule of thumb when it comes to films that have been banned from public release for many years. The Soviet block countries had a habit of doing this. In these instances I use the date the film was completed. Films simply shot in a foreign country do not qualify. Orson Welles made a lot of films in Europe but they were in the English language. Similarly, Antonioni’s The Passenger (1975) with Jack Nicholson is an English language film. I would think that films like The Longest Day or Tora Tora Tora or Last Tango In Paris which have big segments in a foreign language would not qualify as they are primarily English language films. Sergio Leone’s westerns with Eastwood would be English language films as the main cast performed the film in English. And The Artist (2011) is too cute to qualify. If you are like me, you probably try to avoid dubbed versions of foreign films but in some instances they are the only ones available to us. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not to include them but you might mention if the versions you screened were dubbed. There really isn’t a limit to the number of films one can list but remember they are supposed to be “favourites.” That can mean different things to different people. Excellent films are usually my favourites. Please list them in your preference, i.e., number 1 through 10 and runner-ups. As in the performance thread at the end of each decade I will do a recap of the number one choices and then call for choices of the best foreign language film of the decade. We generally try to avoid short subjects or television movies. But, as in the case of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage many foreign tv movies have also had theatrical releases or played in film festivals. Those films are fair game. A film should be at least 40 minutes in length to qualify as a feature film in this thread. This time I am going to start with films prior to 1920 for a week then after that films from the 1920’s for three weeks. After that we will go year-by-year doing one year per week. Saturdays will usually be the turn over day for new posts. For the silent films, and countries like Japan which were still making them in the early thirties, qualifying films should come from non-English speaking countries. It may take a little while for this thread to gain some steam. Personally, I have not seen very many foreign films in the 1930’s. But in prepping some of this I have noticed that when going year-by-year one gets a greater appreciation of the careers of some of the directors and a greater focus on their films. I plan on mentioning films that have won major awards in foreign countries or film festivals. But as you are no doubt aware they often win these awards years after their initial release dates in their own countries. This could get very messy. I will endeavour to mention the awards a 1967 film has won while we are on 1967, etc. You don’t have to have seen many to participate. Just have a favourite.
  3. A pundit on the BBC described Newt Gingrich as a has-been, Rudy Guliani as a looney-toon and Kris Kristie as a criminally challenged individual.
  4. The 1954 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …. Los Fernandez de Peravillo (1954) Alejandro Galindo, Mexico
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    "I do not recall"
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    Best and Worst Fathers On Film

    One of my all-time favourite great screen dads is Gregory Peck in The Yearling (1946).
  7. I would be hard pressed to pick anything tomorrow! But perhaps this thread can include anyone and everyone's idea as to what might be worthwhile to catch the next day.
  8. Friday, June 22 4:14 p.m. The Fugitive (1947). This John Ford, Henry Fonda film is just so-so but if you’ve seen it before try turning off the sound and just watch Gabriel Figueroa’s cinematography.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    No one is saying he should be punished for this. Miller is the hypocrite here. He's not affording others the same chances his family received. You just don't get it and probably never will. Why do I bother!!!!
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    He never was nor was there any hope that he ever would be.
  11. The Gold of Naples is an anthology film by Vittorio De Sica. Two of its six chapters are absolutely brilliant. One of my favourites features a young Sophia Loren who makes pizza in a small hole-in-the-wall shop with her short, dumpy husband. For good reason it is one of the most popular stops for young men in Naples ... The other chapter of note may be Vittorio De Sica's finest bit of screen acting. He plays a Count who lives with this mother. The butler frisks him before he goes out of the apartment for the day as he usually tries to take something to pawn for his gambling habit. So bad is this habit that he has enlisted the doorman to drag his young son away from his friends so he can play cards with him. And the kid is a shark.
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    2018 Elections

    From the WP ... A GOP strategist abandons his party and calls for the election of Democrats Steve Schmidt, long a vocal critic of Trump, sees his party as cowardly and ‘irredeemable’ for not standing up against the president. By Dan Balz • Read more »
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I hope Bloomberg considers a 2020 run. His speech at the DNC convention was a good one. He can go head to head with Trump on his business record and beat him by a country mile. He put up his own money to pay America's share of the Paris accord after Trump backed out and now this too.
  14. The Asia Pacific Film Festival began in 1954. It’s venue changes from city to city each year. The 1954 winner was … Golden Demon (1954) Koji Shima, Japan The 1955 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was … The Story of Shunkin (1954) Daisuke Ito, Japan
  15. The co-winner of the 1954 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was … True Friends (1954) Mikhail Kalatozov, Russia
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    You are of course very welcome to express your approval of Trump's concentration camp for kids if that's what you want to do. But you changed the subject on me and tried to make it about your immigration argument. If you don't wish to be called out for a sneaky slime ball manoeuvre don't respond to me ever again.
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    Quit trying to make this about your immigration argument. You don't take kids (the victims) away from their parents and put them in concentration camps - period.
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    No such agenda exists. That is just propaganda. Just like saying the democrats want more crime. And the democrats and lots of republicans are calling for the release of these kids. Don't muddy this issue with your own take on immigration.
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    And it doesn't mean spit to him. He was concerned with appearances only and today talked about how important it was to show strength lamenting the fact that he had to back down. What he doesn't get, and never will is that using kids as his political pawns and bullying desperate families is not a sign of strength but one of complete cowardice and misuse of power he never should have.
  20. After seeing Luis Bunuel's 1953 classic El with Arturo de Cordova I was looking forward to seeing what he had done with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1954). There is no problem transplanting the story from the English moors to Mexico but the film itself on first viewing seemed to be nothing more than a straight forward melodrama. I have no idea how much time and money Bunuel had for the project. The story seems like a perfect fit for Bunuel. A man with a great obsession. There was a moment of sheer kinky Bunuel humour and that is when Alejandro/Heathcliff throws himself into Catalina's/Cathy's grave and cannot bring himself to part with the corpse. As far as I know this was the first version to show this part of the story. In Yoshishige Yoshida's 1988 Japanese remake the Heathcliff character travels about the country with the corpse!
  21. The San Sebastian Film Festival began in 1954 and this foreign language film was the winner … Cursed Mountain (1954) Antonio del Amo, Spain
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    And why does anyone have to twist the clown's arm for him to see the horrible thing he is doing? That speaks volumes and he can't walk that one back.
  23. Thursday, June 21 6 a.m. Road to Bali (1953). Start the day with Hope & Crosby.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    And the lying that is going on to try to justify this and that is staggering.

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