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 1989

    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 1989

    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 1989

    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 1989

    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 1989

    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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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    Angry Harvest, Agnieszka Holland, West Germany Police, Maurice Pialat, France Colonel Redl, István Szabó, Hungary The Official Story, Luis Puenzo, Argentina Chicken with Vinegar, Claude Chabrol, France Vagabond, Agnès Varda, France De Leeuw van Vlaanderen, Hugo Claus, Belgium L'Amour en Douce, Édouard Molinaro, France My Life As a Dog, Lasse Hallström, Sweden Ran, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    A very different list here... What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain Heimat (mini-series), Edgar Reitz, West Germany Ciske de Rat, **** Pieters, Netherlands Full Moon in Paris, Éric Rohmer, France A Cruel Romance, Eldar Ryazanov, USSR Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Tage Danielsson, Sweden Happy Easter, Georges Lautner, France Kaos, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy Zware Jongens, Robbe De Hert, Belgium The Element of Crime, Lars von Trier, Denmark
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    For the Benelux 1983 was an innovating year. The 4th Man (De Vierde Man) is Paul Verhoeven's adaptation of a novel by Gerard Reve. It starts with a nightmarish scene in which Jeroen Krabbé sees a coffin with his name on it. Renée Soutendijk plays a fatal blonde who's somewhat comparable to Sharon Stone in that other Verhoeven movie Basic Instinct. Brussels by Night was a rupture with the tradition of the farmer movie, because it was set in the dark environment of the capital at nighttime. A man strolls around aimlessly in cafés and through the streets, but he has something to hide. The final is set at the Ronquières Inclined Plane, a major construction to lift boats on a canal.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    Pauline at the Beach, Éric Rohmer, France One Deadly Summer, Jean Becker, France The Fourth Man, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands À Nos Amours, Maurice Pialat, France Brussels by Night, Marc Didden, Belgium Carmen, Carlos Saura, Spain Deadly Circuit, Claude Miller, France Zaman, Patrick Le Bon, Belgium First Name: Carmen, Jean-Luc Godard, France Duvar, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey Several legendary femmes fatales this year.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    Le Beau Mariage, Éric Rohmer, France Tenebrae, Dario Argento, Italy Le Gendarme et les gendarmettes, Jean Girault, France Identification of a Woman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy De Boezemvriend, Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Netherlands A Question of Silence, Marleen Gorris, Netherlands Yol, Serif Goren & Yilmaz Guney, Turkey Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, USA La Nuit de Varennes, Ettore Scola, France/Italy Veronika Voss, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    Mephisto, Istvan Szabo, West Germany/Hungary Lola, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany The Aviator's Wife, Éric Rohmer, France Garde à vue, Claude Miller, France The Girl with the Red Hair, Ben Verbong, Netherlands Christiane F., Uli Edel, West Germany Das Boot, Wolfgang Petersen, West Germany The Woman Next Door, Francois Truffaut, France Cabbage Soup, Jean Girault, France Lili Marleen, Rainder Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    I didn't include Berlin Alexanderplatz, because it's a miniseries. It would be my #2.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    My list is heavily dominated by France, but that includes drama, comedy, animation and Sophie Marceau's debut as a teen star. The Last Metro, Francois Truffaut, France Berlin Alexanderplatz, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany [EDITED] Loulou, Maurice Pialat, France Spetters, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands L'Avare, Jean Girault, France La Boum, Claude Pinoteau, France La Terrazza, Ettore Scola, Italy The King and the Mockingbird, Paul Grimault, France City of Women, Federico Fellini, Italy Friday, Hugo Claus, Belgium
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    A few words about my top choice The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun). It's the first of three films in which Fassbinder criticized the "Wirtschaftswunder", the rebuilding of West Germany in the fifties. Hanna Schygulla plays a seductress. The men in her life symbolize the different German ideologies: her husband is a Nazi in prison; her new lover is a businessman who represents the new capitalism. Colours are carefully chosen: a lot of brown, and red as a symbol for seduction. A lot of shots are through a grate or window. History is present on the radio in the background. The structure is symmetrical, with an explosion in the beginning and at the end. Supporting actors like the long Gottfried John and the accountant Hark Bohm, who appear in other Fassbinder films as well, have great faces for character roles. Fassbinder gave himself a small role as a black marketeer.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

    The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Day For Night (1973) Francois Truffaut, France The Phantom of Liberty (1974) Luis Buñuel, France Fox and His Friends (1975) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Autumn Sonata (1978) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Alice in the Cities (1974) Wim Wenders, West Germany A Special Day (1977) Ettore Scola, Italy Le Boucher (1970) Claude Chabrol, France The Decameron (1971) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany In the Realm of the Senses (1976) Nagisa Oshima, Japan Le Cercle Rouge (1970) Jean-Pierre Melville, France The Conscript (1974) Roland Verhavert, Belgium Turkish Delight (1973) Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany The resurrection of German cinema is the most notable trend.

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