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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Sweden’s Guldbagge Awards by the Swedish Film Institute started in 1963. The Best Picture Winner was … The Silence (1963) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
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    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.
  5. The 1963 German Film Awards Best Picture was … The Endless Night (1963) Will Tremper, Germany
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Opinion What will finally turn Trump’s supporters against him? The past week has exposed him to damage that would have destroyed a conventional president. By Max Boot • Read more »
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    You mean that ever-expanding single wholly jewish state? What do you care anyway? It is all part of the brainwashing you've been getting.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I guess he still believes in apartheid too.
  9. 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.
  10. The winner of the 1963 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was … Any Number Can Win (1963) Henri Verneuil, France
  11. Monday, August 20 Stewart Granger 6 a.m. Captain Boycott (1947). I’ll go with the earliest Granger. Well cut me liver, it's got Alastair Sim and Mervyn Johns in it!
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Yesterday on Fox "News" Rudy Giuliani said the president wants to talk to Mueller but they think it will lead to a perjury trap. His example was that the president's story will not line up with that of Comey's and that they will take Comey's word and thus say the president perjured himself. Well if that is the case why doesn't the president just agree with everything Comey has said?
  13. The 1963 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films … 8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini, Italy **** Los Tarantos (1963) Francisco Rovira Beleta, Spain The Red Lanterns (1963) Vasillis Georgiadis, Greece Twin Sisters of Kyoto (1963) Noburo Nakamura, Japan The 1964 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films … Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) Vittorio De Sica, Italy **** Raven’s End (1963) Bo Wilderberg, Sweden
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    Opinion Another epic economic collapse is coming The debt could well grow to 100 percent of GDP within a decade. By George Will • Read more »
  15. Sunday, August 19 Judy Garland 3 a.m. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). Garland’s best screen performance IMO.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    This morning Victor Blackwell had on a Republican State Senator who was running for Governor of Georgia. He began by playing a montage showing how Trump and his administration has lied about major issues then changed their stories when caught out (Trump tower; knowledge of Stormy Daniels' payments and several other things). The Senator called it fake news. Asked to explain he said that the truth did not matter and took CNN to task for not concentrating on the president's accomplishments. Then Blackwell asked him what would his reaction be if a tape of Trump using the 'N' word came to light. The Senator said it would matter to him 'personally' but as long as the utterance was made before Trump became president then it was not important. And remember the Senator said this directly to a black man. Lastly, Blackwell pointed out that Trump had gone golfing for 148 days and even though he is a wartime president has spent 0 days visiting the troops in Afghanistan. The Senator said Trump was busy and delegated that responsibility to others. He stated that Trump was fighting for the troops at home by getting them a pay rise. Blackwell pointed out that pay rises in the military are standard. Is there any hope for these people?
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Any idiot could keep the economy going by borrowing a trillion dollars. Why are people not talking about this!
  18. My top FF films of 1963 of the 24 that I have seen are …. 1. 8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini, Italy 2. High and Low (1963) Akira Kurosawa, Japan 3. Over There 1914-1918 (1963) Jean Aurel, France. [I saw a dubbed version. The narration is the only dialogue] 4. Contempt (1963) Jean-Luc Godard, France 5. Winter Light (1963) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 6. The Leopard (1963) Luchino Visconti, Italy 7. Alone On the Pacific (1963) Kon Ichikawa, Japan 8. The Organizer (1963) Mario Monicelli, Italy 9. Muriel (1963) Alain Resnais, France 10. The Big City (1963) Satyajit Ray, India Amanita Pestilens (1963) Rene Bonniere, Canada. [there is an English and French version of this film] Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963) Vittorio De Sica, Italy Bay of Angels (1963) Jacques Demy, France Hands Over the City (1963) Francesco Rosi, Italy Il Boom (1963) Vittorio De Sica, Italy A Tout Prendre (1963) Claude Jutra, Canada An Actor’s Revenge (1963) Kon Ichikawa, Japan and I’ve also seen … The Fiances (1963) Ermanno Olmi, Italy Les Carabiniers (1963) Jean-Luc Godard, France The Silence (1963) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Zatoichi On the Road (1963) Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) Ishiro Honda, Japan. [dubbed] The Living Head (1963) Chano Urueta, Mexico. [dubbed] Brennus, Enemy of Rome (1963) Giacomo Gentilomo, Italy. [dubbed]
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    I wouldn't give the dotard even that much credit.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Let's hope it is not an invitation to Trump's golf course.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Trump should be brought up on jury tampering when he weighs in as POTUS saying that the Manafort trial is very unfair.
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    Trump's Biggest Whoppers

    Also Popular in Politics Monkey Cage • Analysis No, one-third of African Americans don’t support Trump. Not even close. It's time for a reality check. By Michael Tesler • Read more »
  23. The winner of the 1962 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was …. His Days Are Numbered (1962) Elio Petri, Italy The winner of the 1962 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was …. Cerca de las Estrellas (1962) Cesar Fernandez Ardavin, Spain The winner of the 1963 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was …. Land of Angels (1962) Gyorgy Revesz, Hungary
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    Trump & Manafort trial....

    Opinion The extraordinary bias of the judge in the Manafort trial He has intervened in the proceedings regularly and most often against the prosecution. By Nancy Gertner • Read more »

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