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 1967

    Belle de Jour, Luis Buñuel, France Le Samouraï, Jean-Pierre Melville, France Anna Karenina, Aleksandr Zarkhi, USSR Marketa Lazarová, Frantisek Vlácil, Czechoslovakia La Chinoise, Jean-Luc Godard, France La Collectionneuse, Eric Rohmer, France Stimulantia, various directors, Sweden Fantômas contre Scotland Yard, André Hunebelle, France The Young Girls of Rochefort, Jacques Demy, France Skrållan, Ruskprick och Knorrhane, Olle Hellbom, Sweden I won't list the eight directors of Stimulantia. It's an anthology of eight short films by Swedish directors, one better than the other. It starts with a documentary about the region where Charlie Chaplin grew up, then follow some light and comical stories. Ingmar Bergman filmed his little son playing Mozart on the piano. My favourite segment, by Gustaf Molander, is an adaptation of a story by De Maupassant about a poor married couple that borrows a jewel to go to a party.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short (De Man Die Zijn Haar Kort Liet Knippen) is a film by André Delvaux. The leading actor Senne Rouffaer was very popular after his role in a TV adventure series. The audience didn't except a serious art film though, so the reactions were mixed. The novel by Johan Daisne had a lot of inner monologue and an unreliable narrator. The story is about a high school teacher who goes to the hairdresser in order to look good for a pupil in her late teens, whom he secretly admires. Weirdly enough the pupil is played by Beata Tyszkiewicz, a Polish actress whose voice was overdubbed. In one scene he stands staring at her coat hook. The style and the formal language are a bit outdated, but the confusion in the teacher's head is well portrayed. Memorable scenes include an autopsy and the visit to the hairdresser.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    Persona, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden La Grande Vadrouille, Gérard Oury, France The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, André Delvaux, Belgium War and Peace, Sergey Bondarchuk, USSR The Battle of Algiers, Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy Daisies, Věra Chytilová, Czechoslovakia Closely Watched Trains, Jiri Menzel, Czechoslovakia The Face of Another, Hirisho Teshigahara, Japan The Big Restaurant, Jacques Besnard, France Masculin Féminin, Jean-Luc Godard, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    Juliet of the Spirits, Federico Fellini, Italy The Sucker, Gérard Oury, France Pierrot Le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard, France La Grosse Caisse, Alex Joffé, France The Shop on Main Street, Jan Kadar & Emar Klos, Czechoslovakia Alphaville, Jean-Luc Godard, France Gendarme in New York, Jean Girault, France Tjorven och Skrållan, Elle Hellbom, Sweden Red Beard, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    A very French year... Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez, Jean Girault, France The Diary of a Chambermaid, Luis Buñuel, France Fantômas, André Hunebelle, France Woman of the Dunes, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan Marriage Italian Style, Vittorio De Sica, Italy Bande à Part, Jean-Luc Godard, France The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Jacques Demy, France Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy Gertrud, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Angélique, Marquise des Anges, Bernard Borderie, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    8 1/2, Federico Fellini, Italy Contempt, Jean-Luc Godard, France Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Vittorio De Sica, Italy The Silence, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden The Leopard, Luchino Visconti, Italy Judex, Georges Franju, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi, Italy Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski, Poland L'Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy Boccaccio 70, De Sica & Fellini & Monicelli & Visconti, Italy Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnès Varda, France Vivre Sa Vie, Jean-Luc Godard, France The Exterminating Angel, Luis Buñuel, France Jules and Jim, Francois Truffaut, France An Autumn Afternoon, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Love on a Pillow, Roger Vadim, France The sixties are the strongest decade for Italy. Il Sorpasso is a road movie with two contrasting personalities in a Lancia Aurelio driving through a country in reconstruction. Boccaccio 70 is a collection of four short films by different directors. I like Fellini's part best, about a frustrated man who takes up arms against moral decline, with Anita Ekberg as the huge poster girl.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    The End of Summer, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan La Notte, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy Last Year in Marienbad, Alain Resnais, France A Woman Is a Woman, Jean-Luc Godard, France Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Jean-Jacques Vierne, France Divorce Italian Style, Pietro Germi, Italy Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain All the Gold in the World, René Clair, France Lola, Jacques Demy, France Il Posto, Ermanno Olmi, Italy None of these would have made the top 5 in the much stronger 1960.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    L'avventura, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy The Virgin Spring, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini, Italy Breathless, Jean-Luc Godard, France Black Sunday, Mario Bava, Italy Zazie in the Metro, Louis Malle, France Shoot the Piano Player, Francois Truffaut, France Kapo, Gillo Pontecorvo, Italy When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Mikio Naruse, Japan Two Women, Vittorio De Sica, Italy One of the strongest years; the first three or four could ave won in another year.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    The Seventh Seal (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Umberto D. (1952) Vittorio De Sica, Italy Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Louis Malle, France The Cow and I (1959) Henri Verneuil, France Forbidden Games (1952) Rene Clement, France Ikuru (1952) Akira Kurosawa, Japan Bellissima (1951) Luchino Visconti, Italy Les Diaboliques (1955) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France Stromboli (1950) Roberto Rossellini, Italy Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) Luigi Comencini, Italy La Strada (1954) Federico Fellini, Italy Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden And God Created Woman (1956) Roger Vadim, France Sissi (1955) Ernst Marischka, Austria France and Italy each have five films by five different directors. Sweden and Japan both have two films by the same director.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    The Cow and I, Henri Verneuil, France General Della Rovere, Robert Rossellini, Italy Nella città l'inferno, Renato Castellani, Italy The 400 Blows, Francois Truffaut, France Le Signe du Lion, Eric Rohmer, France Ballad of a Soldier, Grigori Chukrai, USSR Voulez-vous danser avec moi?, Michel Boisrond, France Black Orpheus, Marcel Camus, Brazil Hiroshima Mon Amour, Alain Resnais, France Destiny of a Man, Sergey Bondarchuk, USSR My penchant for old French comedies is showing. There are also a lot of World War II movies from the perspective of different countries.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    Elevator to the Gallows, Louis Malle, France The Magician, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden The Lovers, Louis Malle, France Fanfare, Bert Haanstra, Netherlands Village by the River, Fons Rademakers, Netherlands The Law Is the Law, Christian-Jacque, France Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France *Elevator to the Galllows was appealing to me for its three different paces: static in the elevator, hectic during the joyride, dark and moody during Jeanne Moreau's night walk with Miles Davis in the background. *The Magician was an inspiration for Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. *After a long void Dutch cinema is relaunched with one comedy and an adaptation of a regional doctor's novel.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    We're entering the top period now of some of the greatest European directors. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden The Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, Italy Kanal, Andrzej Wajda, Poland Il Grido, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy White Nights, Luchino Visconti, Italy Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1967

    And God Created Woman, Roger Vadim, France Bob le Flambeur, Jean-Pierre Melville, France The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Jean Delannoy, France The Trapp Family, Wolfgang Liebeneier, West Germany Sissi - The Young Empress, Ernst Marischka, Austria Aparajito, Satyajit Ray, India A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson, France The Burmese Harp, Kon Ichikawa, Japan Not my favorite year of this decade for non-English films, but I'll support the sexy antiheroin played by Brigitte Bardot. A special mention for a French short film: The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, and a French documentary: The Silent World by Jacques Costeau.

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