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  1. LawrenceA

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1965 Tokyo Olympiad, Kon Ichikawa, Japan - 9/10 Simon of the Desert, Luis Bunuel, Mexico - (short) 8/10 I Knew Her Well, Antonio Petrangeli, Italy - 8/10 Zatoichi's Revenge, Akira Inoue, Japan Subarnarekha, Ritwik Ghatak, India Zatoichi and the Doomed Men, Kazuo Mori, Japan Yoyo, Pierre Etaix, France Pleasures of the Flesh, Nagisa Oshima, Japan Man Is Not a Bird, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia Le Bonheur, Agnes Varda, France I've also seen: Ironfinger, Jun Fukuda, Japan Pearls of the Deep, Vera Chytilova & Jaromil Jires & Jiri Menzel & Jan Nemec & Evald Schorm, Czechoslovakia Marco the Magnificent, Denys de La Patelliere & Raoul Levy & Noel Howard, Italy/France The Moment of Truth, Francesco Rosi, Italy Hercules the Avenger, Maurizio Lucidi, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1964 Hamlet, Grigoriy Kozintsev, USSR - 8/10 Charulata, Satyajit Ray, India - 8/10 Three Outlaw Samurai, Hideo Gosha, Japan - 8/10 Diary of a Chambermaid, Luis Bunuel, France Adventures of Zatoichi, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan Seduced and Abandoned, Pietro Germi, Italy Intentions of Murder, Shohei Imamura, Japan Attack and Retreat, Giuseppe De Santis, Italy Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Sergei Parajanov, USSR Cruel Gun Story, Takumi Furukawa, Japan Assassination, Masahiro Shinoda, Japan The Soft Skin, Francois Truffaut, France Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy Hercules Against Rome, Piero Pierotti, Italy I've also seen: Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse, Hugo Fregonese & Victor De Santis, West Germany Gertrud, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Black Sun, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Japan Hercules, Prisoner of Evil, Antonio Margheriti & Ruggero Deodato, Italy All These Women, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Nadja in Paris, Eric Rohmer, France - (short) Diamonds of the Night, Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia War of the Zombies, Giuseppe Veri, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1963 The Organizer, Mario Monicelli, Italy - 8/10 I Fidanzati, Ermmano Olmi, Italy Magnet of Doom, Jean-Pierre Melville, France The Empty Canvas, Damiano Damiani, Italy Suzanne's Career, Eric Rohmer, France I've also seen: Muriel, or the Time of Return, Alain Resnais, France Dry Summer, Metin Erksan, Turkey Katarsis, Giuseppe Vegezzi, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1962 Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi, Italy - 8/10 The Outrageous Baron Munchausen, Karel Zeman, Czechoslovakia The Condemned of Altona, Vittorio De Sica, Italy Happy Anniversary, Pierre Etaix & Jean-Claude Carriere, France (short) Antoine & Colette, Francois Truffaut, France (short) I Hate But Love, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1961 Il Posto, Ermanno Olmi, Italy - 8/10 The End of Summer, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Pigs and Battleships, Shohei Imamura, Japan Dead Eyes of London, Alfred Vohrer, West Germany Rupture, Pierre Etaix & Jean-Claude Carriere, France (short) I've also seen: Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, France Paris Belongs to Us, Jacques Rivette, France Nerfertiti, Queen of the Nile, Fernando Cerchio, Italy The Giant of Metropolis, Umberto Scarpelli, Italy
  6. I watched this one this evening, and it was vaguely familiar, beyond the fact that the story was a rehash of a lot of other things, as the OP pointed out. I think I may have seen this either theatrically or on video, and as it was supposedly the last of Naschy's films to receive a wide release here, I'm betting that it was the former. The werewolf makeup is better than ever, but the movie does feel more like 1971, or even 1961, than 1981. Since I watched the two Naschy sets in chronological order, this was the last film. I really enjoyed these sets, even if the movies varied in quality. Scream Factory did a fantastic job cleaning them all up, and I couldn't really ask for better transfers. Including both the original Spanish/Castilian audio tracks as well as the (often humorous) English dubs was a plus.
  7. I was perusing the schedule for the next few days and noticed that they are apparently showing In the Heat of the Night late-night on the 17th/18th (at 12AM ET) and the 18th/19th (at 5AM ET). Is that an oddity, or does TCM show movies on consecutive days more often than I've noticed?
  8. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Dracula came out in 1931, but so did Frankenstein. 9 months made a big difference in that transitional period. It's also a good illustration of the directorial skills of James Whale vs Tod Browning. The latter made some terrific silents, but Whale showed much more finesse in the sound era.
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    I Just Watched...

    I like both of those as well, but I left them out of my previous listing as I was speaking only of those that started a series for Universal. BoF is a sequel (and my favorite of that series), of course, while Werewolf of London is a standalone, like The Black Cat or The Invisible Ray.
  10. LawrenceA

    Who is the Best Director of All-Time?

    If you're asking who is "the greatest director", try picking one instead of three. Why is your second sentence in parentheses? And what's with the asterisks everywhere?
  11. LawrenceA

    on svengoolie tonite

    The Miracle Worker came out in 1962.
  12. LawrenceA

    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    Yes, but it's also been repeatedly asserted by legal experts that those NDA's hold no legal weight.
  13. LawrenceA

    I Just Watched...

    Dracula is my favorite of the source materials for the Universal monsters, but Dracula the film I consider to be the least of the Big Four. My preference is Frankenstein, then The Wolf Man, then The Mummy, and then Dracula. The Dracula film is not without its merits (I think Dwight Frye is the best Renfield out of any filmed version), but it's too clunky, with poor pacing, and, after the superior opening moments in Transylvania, the film shows its roots in the stage version with the confined settings of the England-set majority of the film.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

    1960 Letter Never Sent, Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR - 8/10 - Outstanding B&W cinematography highlights this man-vs-nature survival tale with a quartet of people who become lost in the vast Siberian wilderness. The Hands of Orlac, Edmond T. Greville, France/UK - Two versions of this oft-filmed horror tale were shot - one in English and one in French. I watched the French version. I liked Mad Love and the silent version more.
  15. A guy who posts videos of himself playing video games is corporate whether he wants to be or not. He's still just a promotional tool for the game companies. BTW, he was signed with a media corporation (now part of Disney) before being let go by them for reported antisemitic remarks or some such scandal. I'm not usually one of those "Kids these days!" complaining old grumps like so many on here, but the first time that I heard watching videos of other people playing video games was a thing that people did, I knew I was officially old and out of touch.

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