CoraSmith

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    My main interests are music, literature and film. I like classics because they have well constructed stories with strong character development, they have suspense, humor and good actors. My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchock, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder and Charlie Chaplin. Favorite actors before 1970 are James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.

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  1. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    The Marriage of Maria Braun, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Woyzeck, Werner Herzog, West Germany Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia The Gendarme and the Extra-Terrestrials, Jean Girault, France Nosferatu the Vampire, Werner Herzog, West Germany Laura: Shadows of a Summer, David Hamilton, France Viaggio con Anita, Mario Monicelli, Italy The Tin Drum, Volker Schlondorff, West Germany Woman Between Wolf and Dog, André Delvaux, Belgium The Third Generation, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Five BRD films in the top 10, with one that really stands out.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Les Rendez-vous d'Anna, Chantal Akerman, Belgium The Green Room, François Truffaut, France Pastorale 1943, Wim Verstappen, Netherlands Paradise Lost, Harry Kümel, Belgium Beauty and the Beast, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Ermanno Olmi, Italy Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Bertrand Blier, France Violette Noziere, Claude Chabrol, France In a Year With 13 Moons, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Man in a Hurry (L'Homme pressé) is a French drama by Édouard Molinaro. It's based on a 1941 novel by Paul Morand, but they moved it to the current era. Alain Delon plays an art collector who's always in a hurry. This hectic lifestyle demands a toll from his health. His two sisters are the opposite; they always take their time. A funny scene is when he has a row with a city councillor after digging up a Roman temple. In a fury he jumps on the excavator and reburies the ancient building.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    A Special Day, Ettore Scola, Italy Man in a Hurry, Édouard Molinaro, France Soldier of Orange, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Suspiria, Dario Argento, Italy That Obscure Object of Desire, Luis Buñuel, France/Spain The Ascent, Larisa Shepito, USSR Stroszek, Werner Herzog, West Germany The Brothers Lionheart, Olle Hellbom, Sweden Doctor Vlimmen, **** Pieters, Netherlands The Man Who Loved Women, François Truffaut, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Not my favorite year. My top 8 is completely English. I still haven't seen Kings of the Road. I saw 1900 in Italian, so I'll include it. The Wing or the Thigh, Claude Zidi, France In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan The Tenant, Roman Polanski, France Pallieter, Roland Verhavert, Belgium Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain L’Innocente, Luchino Visconti, Italy Chinese Roulette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany 1900, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy De Komst van Joachim Stiller, Harry Kümel, Belgium Pardon My Affair, Yves Robert, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    A little motivation for my #1 picks of the past two weeks, both with a word for "freedom" in the original title: In 1974 I picked The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la Liberté) by Luis Buñuel. Heavily influenced by surrealism he used absurd events that could come out of a dream, like an ostrich or a postman walking through a bedroom. It's a string of interconnected stories, in which one secondary character in an episode always becomes the lead character in the next one. The title refers to the illusions of free will and eternal moral rules. There's a good deal of humour involved, like when a group of monks say their prayers just before an evening of drinking, smoking and dabauchery. In 1975 my choice was Fox and His Friends (Faustrecht der Freiheit) by Reiner Werner Fassbinder. The director himself played Franz Biberkopf, a name borrowed from Berlin Alexanderplatz, which Fassbinder would later adapt to a miniseries. It's about a gay working class man who wins the lottery. A group of rich gay men all of a sudden becomes interested in him, but the question is whether they're not just after his money. Fassbinder played a surprisingly good role as the man who, in spite of winning a lot of money, seems doomed to be an eternal loser.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Fox and His Friends, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany The Story of Adele H., Francois Truffaut, France Deep Red, Dario Argento, Italy Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy Red Sien, Franz Weisz, Netherlands Verbrande Brug (Burned Bridges), **** Henderickx, Belgium Katie Tippel, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels, Chantal Akerman, Belgium The Mirror, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  8. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    They're on the French language Wikipedia (if that's what you're looking for). https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Étoiles_de_cristal#Grand_prix https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_prix_du_cinéma_français
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    The Conscript ("De Loteling") by Roland Verhavert is a free adaptation of a novella by Hendrik Conscience. A lottery decides who will be drafted. The poor farmer's son Jan Braems initially doesn't have to go, until a rich son bribes him to join the army in his place. He gets chlamydia after visiting a prostitute. This causes a trachoma infection of his eyes, which turns him blind. His girlfriend Katrien comes to take him back home and they start a long walk through the Flemish country. Because he's blind she pulls him on a rope. There are differences with the novel. In the book there was no bribery; Jan just drew a bad lot. They added a few violent and disturbing scenes. The style is outdated. The biggest problem is the post-synchronization. The Dutch actress Ansje Beentjes was dubbed by a Belgian actress, and a quiet voice sounds louder than a thunderstorm. However it remains a gripping story of poor people with their superstitions and social problems, trying to overcome a sea of troubles. There's a sharp contrast between the dark barracks and the beautiful nature. The leading role is by Jan Decleir, the most prolific Belgian actor, who starred in lots of Belgian and Dutch films through the decades.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    The Phantom of Liberty, Luis Buñuel, France Alice In the Cities, Wim Wenders, West Germany Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany The Conscript, Roland Verhavert, Belgium The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani, Italy Going Places, Bertrand Blier, France Scent of a Woman, Dino Risi, Italy The Secret, Robert Enrico, France Arabian Nights, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy Effi Briest, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    That screenshot looks remarkably like La Grande Bouffe in the same year.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    La Grande Bouffe is a French-Italian co-production with big names like Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret. A group of people decide to organize an **** (or-gy) and try to eat themselves to death. To be avoided if you’re on a diet. The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob) is a French comedy with Louis de Funès. He plays a rich man who makes antisemitic remarks. Later, on the run for a bunch of radicals, he has to disguise himself as a rabbi. The adventure makes him change his ideas and become more tolerant. It includes a famous dancing scene. L’**** (L'Emm-erdeur/A Pain in the A-ss/The Troublemaker) is a dark comedy with Lino Ventura as a contract killer and Belgian singer Jacques Brel as a suicidal man. They happen to get a hotel room next to each other. Brel has the same charismatic energy as during his live performances. Turkish Delight (Turks Fruit) is a Dutch drama by the young Paul Verhoeven, who would later break through in Hollywood. It’s an adaptation of the novel by Jan Wolkers. Rutger Hauer and Monique Van de Ven play two young people who fall in love. They feel like they will live forever. Later the tone becomes much darker when she disappears.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Day For Night, Francois Truffaut, France Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Turkish Delight, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands La Grande Bouffe, Marco Ferreri, France The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, Gérard Oury, France Amarcord, Federico Fellini, Italy L'****, Édouard Molinaro, France Lady Snowblood, Toshiya Fujita, Japan The Hourglass Sanatorium, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Poland The Spirit of the Beehive, Victor Erice, Spain
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    Bogie, since over a year I've experienced the same problem. I learned some tricks to avoid the problem, but it's still annoying. Some tips: *Bookmark page 1 of this thread. (I use Google chrome) *Block the page while it's still loading, by clicking the cross X in the left top corner next to the address bar. *Copy-paste the url to a new tab, but replace page 1 by the current page number, now 53. *You can post an image by copy-pasting the image url. It automatically becomes visible. Don't use "insert other media".
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany We Won't Grow Old Together, Maurice Pialat, France The Merchant of Four Seasons, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Roma, Federico Fellini, Italy Aguirre the Wrath of God, Werner Herzog, West Germany Cries and Whispers, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Luis Buñuel, France The Canterbury Tales, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy Un Flic, Jean-Pierre Melville, France César and Rosalie, Claude Sautet, France

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