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 1958

    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 1958

    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 1958

    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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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Les Diaboliques, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France Sissi, Ernst Marischka, Austria Il Bidone, Federico Fellini, Italy Ciske de Rat, Wolfgang Staudte, Netherlands Smiles of a Summer Night, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Ordet, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, India Rififi, Jules Dassin, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    La Strada, Federico Fellini, Italy Sansho the Bailiff, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, Japan Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa, Japan A Lesson in Love, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Twenty-Four Eyes, Keisuke Konoshita, Japan The Sheep Has Five Legs, Henri Verneuil, France This is clearly the peak year for Japan, although I still have an Italian winner.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Bread, Love and Dreams, Luigi Comencini, Italy Le Boulanger de Valorgue, Henri Verneuil, France Summer with Monica, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Thérèse Raquin, Marcel Carné, France Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan A Geisha, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan The Earrings of Madame de..., Max Ophüls, France Two light-hearted comedies on top, with Gina Lollobrigida and Fernandel.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    The first year with a top 3 of absolute classics. Umberto D., Vittorio De Sica, Italy Forbidden Games, René Clément, France Ikiru, Akira Kurosawa, Japan Little World of Don Camillo, Julien Duvivier, Italy Heidi, Luigi Comecini, Switzerland Casque d'Or, Jacques Becker, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Bellissima, Luchino Visconti, Italy The Lady of Musashino, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan Susana, Luis Buñuel, Mexico Early Summer, Yasujirô Ozu, Japan Summer Interlude, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Miracle in Milan, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Emillio Tuero was also the original singer of Besame Mucho.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Stromboli, Roberto Rossellini, Italy Rashômon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan Los Olvidados, Luis Buñuel, Mexico Les Enfants Terribles, Jean-Pierre Melville, France
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Italy and France both have three entries in my decade top 10. Bicycle Thieves (1948), Vittorio De Sica, Italy Late Spring (1949), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Children of Paradise (1945), Marcel Carné, France Woman Without a Face (1947), Gustaf Molander, Sweden Teresa Venerdì (1941), Vittorio De Sica, Italy Day of Wrath (1943), Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Beauty and the Beast (1946), Jean Cocteau, France Le Coeur sur la Main (1948), André Berthomieu, France Bitter Rice (1949), Giuseppe de Santis, Italy Ivan the Terrible (1944), Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Late Spring, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan Bitter Rice, Giuseppe de Santis, Italy Stray Dog, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy Le Coeur sur la Main, André Berthomieu, France Spring in a Small Town, Fei Mu, China La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti, Italy Little Black Angels, Joselito Rodríguez, Mexico Germany Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    Woman without a Face (Kvinna utan Ansikte) is a Swedish drama by Gustaf Molander, with a scenario by Molander and Ingmar Bergman. It's influenced by film noir, with use of shadows, smoke, rain, mirrors and a bar where the pianist plays Cole Porter. Rut (Gunn Wållgren), dressed in black, is the femme fatale who seduces a married man, Martin (Alf Kjellin). He even deserts the army for her. Martin's story is told in flashback by Ragnar (Stig Olin), a friend who meets him in the bar. This little known film was a surprise to me, with its dark atmosphere, focus on psychology, and subjects that would have been taboo under the Hays Code. "It could have been, Rut. It could also have been someone else."
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1958

    The Crab with the Golden Claws (Le Crabe aux pinces d'or) is an adaptation of a Belgian comic book from Hergé's Tintin series. They used stop motion, the same technique that would be further developed with Wallace and Gromit. It looks a bit clumsy to today's standards, but it's charming nonetheless. The original story was followed faithfully, with the literal words from the speech balloons. It's a spy adventure, with the young reporter traveling to Morocco to uncover a line of opium smugglers. He's helped by his dog Snowy (Milou), the detectives Thomson and Thompson (Dupond et Dupont) and Captain Haddock, who makes his first appearance in this story.

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