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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. I posted this in the 'I Just Watched' thread in Aug 2017: La Otra, or The Other One is a 1946 Mexican noir starring Dolores Del Rio. I wasn't long into it when I had the feeling that this would make a good Bette Davis film. It then twigged that this was indeed remade with Bette Davis as Dead Ringer (1964). The remake follows the original screenplay very closely but only Rian James' story is given credit in the latter. It's hard to beat Bette Davis but Del Rio and co-star Augustin Irusta are better suited for the parts. They are younger for starters and I found Karl Malden a bit annoying in Dead Ringer. But the real star of La Otra is the cinematographer, Alex Phillips. Phillips was from Renfrew, Ontario but moved to Mexico in 1931 to work on their first sound film and stayed there until his death in 1977 (source, imdb). There are many lovely B&W noir shots. This is worth tracking down for fans of the genre and Del Rio.
  3. 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.
  4. Racism in Trump's America

    From this week's Globe and Mail ... The Quebec mosque shooter said he wished he had killed more people Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to murdering six men last year, once confided to a social worker his desire to have killed more people in the attack. That was one new detail revealed during his sentencing hearing, which is now in its second week. In the year leading up to the shooting, Bissonnette obsessively followed Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, and news on the U.S. President’s Muslim travel ban. He also visited the website of the far-right Breitbart News the day of the attack. The man who was paralyzed in the shooting, Aymen Derbali, spoke in court yesterday. Derbali says he wakes up in the morning thinking the entire shooting was a nightmare. “But it wasn’t a nightmare,” he told the court, “it was real.”
  5. 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.
  6. The 1947 Academy Awards gave an honorary award to … Shoeshine (1946) Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  7. Trump's Appointments

    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.
  8. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    The Meathead says it much better than I ever could. But the fact that some people don't regard this as news any longer is even a sadder state of affairs.
  9. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Was the empty chair beside Melania at Barbara Bush's funeral meant for the guy who was tweeting vile unhinged rants in between holes when golfing?
  10. The President And The Porn Star

    Though we may never know the exact chain of events that lead Muller to hand over the Cohen case to New York and then precipitate the 'raid' we do know that two democrats, Lieu being one wrote and asked the DOJ to begin an investigation into the Stormy Daniels payoff. So it could just turn out that Stormy ends up bringing down the entire cabal.
  11. The President And The Porn Star

    Don't you think that there is good reason that Cohen and Trump have not dropped the case with stormy Daniels? Trump's infidelity is baked into the cake with his supporters so defending his "honor" (if that is at all possible) is not the reason. Surely they wanted to intimate Stormy to go away before the illegality of the funding of the payment comes to light. Now it is Pandora's box.
  12. Sunday, April 22/23 2:45 a.m. Tampopo (1986). I haven’t seen this one in 30 years. It was quite a hit then. I wasn't that blown over by it at that time but it is worth another look.
  13. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Trump doesn't mention that it would be impossible for Michael Cohen to flip on him if he himself was not guilty of some crime. Interesting!
  14. My top FF films of 1946 of the 8 that I have seen are …. 1. Shoeshine (1946) Vittorio De Sica, Italy 2. Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Cocteau, France 3. Paisan (1946) Roberto Rossellini, Italy 4. The Other One (1946) Roberto Gavaldon, Mexico 5. Devil and the Angel (1946) Pierre Chenal, France 6. Crisis (1946) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 7. Utamaro and His Five Women (1946) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan and I’ve also seen … No Regrets For Our Youth (1946) Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  15. De Sica's Doorway to Heaven was behind three other very good films as my fourth place choice. It is the story of a train full of religious pilgrims on their way to a shrine in Italy. The story behind the making of the film which was recounted in notes given out at the screening I attended would make for an even better film. De Sica cast many Jewish persons as extras in the film to prevent their deportation. He then delayed the film's completion until the arrival of the Allies.
  16. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    If only he practiced what he preached ...
  17. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    It is still worthy of a news clip for a couple of minutes for one day rather than cover up the story. And besides Trump impersonating his own PR man is funny. Your criticism of the news agencies was unfounded. Did you lose your remote?
  18. Comrade Trump

    The Trump campaign is now said to have been in constant contact with Russian nationals. Was not Paul Manifort's resignation tied to revelations that he was taking money from the Russians? Makes you wonder about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson too.
  19. Saturday, April 21 10 a.m. Popeye - Sock-A-Bye Baby (1934). Open a can of spinach. It’s Popeye on a Saturday morning!
  20. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I guess discovering that the President of the Untied States was a liar from the get-go is no big deal anymore. And we still do not know if he is lying about his wealth because he has lied about releasing his tax returns.
  21. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    There is no guarantee that the public will ever see the Mueller reports. Plus if they get Trump and co. under oath their stories will be locked in.
  22. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Discovery under oath is the objective here. They are taking a page out of the Stormy Daniels notebook.
  23. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    It's all part of the charade. 'Give me a sock on the jaw to make it look good.' Meanwhile Trump nixes real sanctions. Guess why? Because he is a puppet president.
  24. Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    CNN's Phil Mudd on CNN responds to the idea that Rudy Guiliani was brought aboard Trump's legal team to work with Mueller as being not the real purpose. The real purpose as Mudd sees it is for Giuliani not to work as a Trump lawyer but to do what he does best and to go on television and trash talk the investigation, invent conspiracies and take things into the gutter. In other words, to be Trump's spokesman and attack dog. In a separate piece Mudd said that an ex-KGB man like Putin would recognize Trump's preoccupation with hookers as a sign that he was an unpresidential con man who could be played. Played right out of Crimea and Syria.

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