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  1. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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
  2. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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
  4. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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]
  12. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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
  14. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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 1993

    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
  19. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    I didn't include Berlin Alexanderplatz, because it's a miniseries. It would be my #2.
  20. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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
  21. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    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 1993

    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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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    The Marriage of Maria Braun, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Woyzeck, Werner Herzog, West Germany Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia The Gendarme and the Extra-Terrestrials, Jean Girault, France Nosferatu the Vampire, Werner Herzog, West Germany Laura: Shadows of a Summer, David Hamilton, France Viaggio con Anita, Mario Monicelli, Italy The Tin Drum, Volker Schlondorff, West Germany Woman Between Wolf and Dog, André Delvaux, Belgium The Third Generation, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany Five BRD films in the top 10, with one that really stands out.
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    Autumn Sonata, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden Les Rendez-vous d'Anna, Chantal Akerman, Belgium The Green Room, François Truffaut, France Pastorale 1943, Wim Verstappen, Netherlands Paradise Lost, Harry Kümel, Belgium Beauty and the Beast, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia The Tree of Wooden Clogs, Ermanno Olmi, Italy Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, Bertrand Blier, France Violette Noziere, Claude Chabrol, France In a Year With 13 Moons, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany
  25. CoraSmith

    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1993

    Man in a Hurry (L'Homme pressé) is a French drama by Édouard Molinaro. It's based on a 1941 novel by Paul Morand, but they moved it to the current era. Alain Delon plays an art collector who's always in a hurry. This hectic lifestyle demands a toll from his health. His two sisters are the opposite; they always take their time. A funny scene is when he has a row with a city councillor after digging up a Roman temple. In a fury he jumps on the excavator and reburies the ancient building.

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