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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 1950

    Emillio Tuero was also the original singer of Besame Mucho.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    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 1950

    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 1950

    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 1950

    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 1950

    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 1950

    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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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Woman Without a Face, Gustaf Molander, Sweden Quai des Orfèvres, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France The Crab with the Golden Claws, Claude Misonne, Belgium A Ball at the Anjo House, Kozaburo Yoshimura, Japan
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    The Murderers Are Among Us (Die Mörder sind unter uns) is a German film dealing with the war crimes of this country, a so-called Trümmerfilm. It takes place among the ruins of post-war Berlin. A former miltary surgeon (Ernst Wilhelm Borchert) and a concentration camp survivor (Hildegard Knef) take up their lives together and try to overcome their war trauma.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Beauty and the Beast, Jean Cocteau, France Shoeshine, Vittorio De Sica, Italy Paisan, Roberto Rossellini, Italy Murderers Among Us, Wolfgang Staudte, Germany Under the Bridges, Helmut Käutner, Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Children of Paradise, Marcel Carné, France Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne, Robert Bresson, France Rome, Open City, Roberto Rossellini, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Torment, Alf Sjöberg, Sweden Ivan the Terrible, Sergei Eisenstein, USSR The Children Are Watching Us, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Visconti's Ossessione is the first of three films about the interesting Cora Smith, although the Italians changed her name to Giovanna Bragana. Massimo Girotti and Clara Calamai play the two secret lovers from James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice. She doesn't have the flamboyant entrance of Lana Turner, but it's a more down to earth version, sometimes considered the first neorealist film. Wenn die Sonne wieder scheint is a German adaptation of the novel De Vlaschaard (The Flaxfield) by Belgian writer Stijn Streuvels. It's controversial because it was made by the German occupier. The film was practically forgotten, until a restoration revived interest in 2007. The naturalist story depicts life on a farm over the four seasons. A farmer and his son disagree on when the flax needs to be harvested, which leads to an escalating conflict.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    Day of Wrath, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark Ossessione, Luchino Visconti, Italy Le Corbeau, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France Wenn die Sonne wieder scheint, Boleslaw Barlog, Germany
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

    The last year of the drought period. I managed to concoct a top 3, but nothing knocked me over. Four Steps in the Clouds, Alessandro Blasetti, Italy Mashenka, Yuli Raizman, USSR The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

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