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 1996

    A Summer’s Tale, Éric Rohmer, France Drifting Clouds, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland Earth, Julio Medem, Spain Kolya, Jan Sverak, Czech Republic Tesis, Alejandro Amenábar, Spain Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, France Alles Moet Weg, Jan Verheyen, Belgium When the Cat’s Away, Cédric Klapisch, France The Apartment, Gilles Mimouni, France La Promesse, Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    La Cérémonie, Claude Chabrol, France The City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro, France Shanghai Triad, Zhang Yimou, China The Garden, Martin Šulík, Slovakia The Flower of My Secret, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Manneken Pis, Frank Van Passel, Belgium Antonia’s Line, Marleen Gorris, Netherlands La Haine, Mathieu Kassovitz, France Little Sister, Robert Jan Westdijk, Netherlands Brylcream Boulevard, Robbe De Hert, Belgium
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Il Postino, Michael Radford & Massimo Troisi, Italy Three Colors: Red, Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland Farinelli: Il Castrato, Gerard Corbiau, Italy Eat Drink Man Woman, Ang Lee, Taiwan The Monster, Roberto Benigni, Italy Hell, Claude Chabrol, France Queen Margot, Patrice Chéreau, France The Kingdom, Lars von Trier & Morten Arnfred, Denmark Three Colors: White, Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland La Vie Sexuelle des Belges 1950 - 1978, Jean Bucquoy, Belgium
  4. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    1993: A very colourful year... Kika, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Three Colors: Blue, Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee, Taiwan The Scent of Green Papaya, Tran Anh Hung, Vietnam Tango, Patrice Leconte, France The Red Squirrel, Julio Médem, Spain Stalingrad, Joseph Vilsmaier, Germany Farewell, My Concubine, Chen Kaige, China Ad Fundum, Erik Van Looy, Belgium Oeroeg, Hans Hylkema, Netherlands
  5. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Stijn Coninx (not Stijm!) is probably the most important Belgian film director apart from the brothers Dardenne. He broke through with some popular comedies, but in 1992 he directed a serious historical drama: Daens. It's loosely based on the book Pieter Daens by Louis Paul Boon, although Jan Decleir plays Pieter's brother Adolf. It's the true story of a priest who became an activist for laborer's rights. This led to a conflict with the leaders of the conservative Catholic party, of which he was a member. True events are combined with fictional storylines.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Daens, Stijn Coninx, Belgium A Tale of Winter, Éric Rohmer, France Jamón Jamón, Jose Juan Bigas Luna, Spain The Lover, Jean-Jacques Annaud, France Olivier Olivier, Agnieszka Holland, France Die zweite Heimat, Edgar Reitz, Germany The Stolen Children, Gianni Amelio, Italy A Heart in Winter, Claude Sautet, France Indochine, Regis Wargnier, France Like Water for Chocolate, Alfonso Arau, Mexico
  7. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    A bit of attention for two French films: Flaubert's Madame Bovary has been adapted many times, but my favourite version remains the one by Claude Chabrol. Isabelle Huppert plays the role of the wife who doesn't see her romantic expectations fulfilled in a dull marriage. Jean-François Balmer plays the village doctor and unaware cuckold. Chabrol has a lot of attention for the social background and the environment and architecture in Normandy. My Father the Hero ("Mon père, ce héros") is a comedy with Gérard Depardieu. He plays André, a divorced father who takes his teen daughter on a beach holiday. The Belgian actress Marie Gillain plays his daughter Véronique. For fun she spreads the rumour that André isn't her father but her lover. She doesn't realize in how much trouble this gossip can bring him.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    High Heels, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain The Double Life of Veronique, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland Madame Bovary, Claude Chabrol, France My Father the Hero, Gérard Lauzier, France Raise the Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou, China Delicatessen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, France Johnny Stecchino, Roberto Benigni, Italy Close to Eden, Nikita Mikhailov, Russia Tous les matins du monde, Alain Corneau, France Toto le Héros, Belgium, Jaco Van Dormael, Belgium
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    The Match Factory Girl, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland Ju Dou, Zhang Yimou, China La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson, France Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France Koko Flanel, Stijn Coninx, Belgium The Sacrament, Hugo Claus, Belgium Open Doors, Gianni Amelio, Italy The Ages of Lulu, Bigas Luna, Spain Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong The Hairdresser's Husband, Patrice Leconte, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France Manon des Sources (1986) Claude Berri, France Cinema Paradiso (1988) Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy Mephisto (1981) Istvan Szabo, Hungary The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989) Pedro Almodovar, Spain Pauline at the Beach (1983) Eric Rohmer, France Red Sorghum (1988) Zhang Yimou, China Lola (1981) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Angry Harvest (1985) Agnieszka Holland, West Germany One Deadly Summer (1983) Jean Becker, France What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1984) Pedro Almodovar, Spain Betty Blue (1986) Jean-Jacques Beineix, France The 4th Man (1983) Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Brussels by Night, Marc Didden, Belgium Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Bille August, Sweden À Nos Amours (1983) Maurice Pialat, France Ginger and Fred (1986) Federico Fellini, Italy Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Le Beau Mariage (1982) Eric Rohmer, France
  11. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    My intention was to say that Michael Haneke's Der siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) is the last West German film to get my vote, but it turns out to be Austrian. The title is ambiguous, because there actually are seven continents if you count North and South America separately. However it seems to refer to a fictional continent. The first hour is very boring. You see a family performing routine tasks like going to the supermarket, waiting in a queue and sitting on a sofa.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Noce Blanche, Jean-Claude Brisseau, France Boerenpsalm, Roland Verhavert, Belgium The Seventh Continent, Michael Haneke, Austria On a Moonlit Night, Lina Wertmüller, Italy Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?, Yong-Kyun Bae, South Korea Too Beautiful for You, Bertrand Blier, France Evenings, Rudolf van den Berg, Netherlands Only the first two are great, but I still managed to concoct a top 10.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy Red Sorghum, Zhang Yimou, China Story of Women, Claude Chabrol, France Hanussen, István Szabó, Hungary/West Germany Grave of the Fireflies, Isao Takahata, Japan Salaam Bombay, Mira Nair, India Camille Claudel, Bruno Nuytten, France Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pedro Almodovar, Spain Ariel, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland Alice, Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia Chocolat, Claire Denis, France De Kollega's Maken de Brug, Vincent Rouffaer, Belgium For the first time I need to list more than ten titles.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Pelle the Conqueror, Bille August, Denmark Hector, Stijn Coninx, Belgium Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders, Germany Law of Desire, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Alice, Jan Svankmayer, Czechoslovakia Under the Sun of Satan, Maurice Pialat, France Au Revoir les Enfants, Louis Malle, France Babette’s Feast, Gabriel Axel, Denmark Le Big-Bang, Picha, Belgium Opera, Dario Argento, Italy [Edited]
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

    Jean de Florette, Claude Berri, France Manon of the Spring, Claude Berri, France Betty Blue, Jean-Jacques Beineix, France Ginger and Fred, Federico Fellini, Italy The Van Paemel Family, Paul Cammermans, Belgium Abel, Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands Shadows in Paradise, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland The Children of Noisy Village, Lasse Hallström, Sweden Flodder, Dick Maas, Netherlands The Assault, Fons Rademakers, Netherlands France, the Benelux and Scandinavia are dominating.

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