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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1950

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These foreign language films won awards at the 1949 Venice Film Festival ….

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Manon (1949) Henri-George Clouzot, France

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Heaven Over the Marshes (1949) Augusto Genina, Italy

 
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The 1949 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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The Farm of Seven Sins (1949) Jean-Devaivre, France

The 1954 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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Rotation (1949) Wolfgang Staudte, Germany

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1. Late Spring, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

2. Jour de Fete, Jacques Tati, France

3. Stray Dog, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

4. The Silence of the Sea, Jean-Pierre Melville, France

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The winner of the 1949 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Battle of Stalingrad, Part One (1949) Vladimir Petrov, Russia

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The 1949 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Almafuerte (1949) Luis Cesar Amadori, Argentina.

This is the third year in a row that Amadori has won the Best Picture Award.  I had never even heard of him.

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The 1949 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was ….

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Una Familia de Tantas (1949) Alejandro Galindo, Mexico

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I saw Jacques Tati's Jour de Fete (1949) at a Cinematheque screening and like all comedies, it benefited a great deal from being seen with an audience.  This 2001 screening was of particular interest as it had the recently restored colour version of the film.  Tati shot the film with two cameras.  One in black and white and the other in a new colour system.  The film was released in black and white and it wasn't until years later that the colour film was processed and matched up cut by cut.  It is probably my favourite Tati film and it is his feature film directorial debut.

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For those who have yet to see Jean-Pierre Melville's La Silence de la Mer it is about a German Officer who is billeted with a French father and daughter.  Their resistance is that they refuse to speak with the German.  He understands but offers a one-way conversation trying to politely disarm them.  Of interest is that this Melville film pre-dates Robert Bresson and is more in his style than he is.

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Yves Allegret's Such a Pretty Little Beach has Gerard Phillipe showing up at a seaside hotel in the off-season for purposes unknown.  The nourish cinematography by Henri Alekan (Roman Holiday, Wings of Desire) is one good reason to catch this film.  Another is to see Phillipe who tragically did not have a long career.

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1949/50 Best Picture winner was …

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Heaven Over the Marshes (1949) Augusto Genina, Italy

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Japan’s Mainichi Film Awards 1949 Best Picture winner was …

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Late Spring (1949) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Japan’s Mainichi Film Awards 1949 Best Picture winner was …

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Late Spring (1949) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

What a breathtakingly beautiful film. Late Spring was my first Ozu and my first Japanese classic film. What a wonderful introduction it was to post war Japan: with the ancient tea ceremony and the modern American Coca-Cola.

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From Mexico:

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Una Familia de Tantas(A Family Like Many Others).

Directed by Alejandro Galindo. With Fernando Soler, David Silva, Martha Roth.

A domineering father feels threatened when his daughter falls in love with a salesman. Well made drama that about societal changes and their effect in a typical family of the day. Fernando Soler gives one of his solid, perfect performances.

 

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El Gran Calavera (The Great Madcap)

Directed by Luis Buñuel. With Fernando Soler, Andrés Soler, Rosario Granados, Luis Alcoriza, Rubén Rojo.

A wealthy businessman concocts a plan to force his lazy family to work. He pretends he lost everything, that they are dirt poor. They move to the slums and everybody has to find a job.

Excellent comedy with a bite. Fernando Soler, Andrés Soler, and Maruja Grifell are superb. Luis Buñuel has never happy with the movies he made in Mexico, but this one is one of his best and most enjoyable.

 

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From Spain:

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Un Hombre Va Por El Camino (A Man on the Road)

Directed by Manuel Mur Oti. With Fernando Nogueras, Ana Mariscal.

A vagabond with a dark past stays temporarily in a small town where she meets a strong, independent widow and her daughter. The townspeople start spreading rumors to  dramatic effects.

Excellent direction, great cinematography, and a smashing performance by Ana Mariscal make Un Hombre Va Por El Camino a classic in Spanish cinema.

 

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La Mies Es Mucha (The Harvest is Plentiful)

Directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia. With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Julián Caba Alba, Rafael Bardem, Sara Montiel.

A Catholic missionary is transferred to India, where finds extreme poverty, superstition, and greed.

Pious, preachy, and spellbinding. A religious movie of its era, La Mies Es Mucha depicts splendidly how men react before what they consider their salvation or a threat. Fernando Fernán Gómez gives a strong performance as the missionary who finds faith in himself.

 

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23 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

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Arsan, do you have a favourite from 1949?  If so, I will add it to this list of our choices from the 1940's.  It is time to pick our favourite of the decade.

Our top picks from the 40's

1940        June Night (1940) Per Lindberg, Sweden (2)

               The Bright Path/Tanya (1940) Grigori Aleksandrov, Russia

               Somewhere In the Netherlands (1940) Ludwig Berger, Holland

1941        Teresa Venerdi (1941) Vittorio De Sica, Italy (2)

               The 47 Ronin, Part One (1941) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

               Remorques (1941) Jean Gremillon, France

               They Met In Moscow (1941) Ivan Pyrev, Russia

1942        There Was a Father (1942) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan (2) 

                Four Steps In the Clouds (1942) Alessandro Blasetti, Italy

                We Make Music (1942) Helmut Kautner, Germany

1943        Day of Wrath (1943) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark (5)

               Another Dawn (1943) Julio Bracho, Mexico

1944        Ivan the Terrible Part One (1944) Sergei Eisenstein, Russia (2)

               The Children Are Watching Us (1944) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

               Six P.M. (1944) Ivan Pyrev

               Torment (1944) Alf Sjoberg, Sweden

               The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks (1944) Edgar Neville, Spain

1945        Children of Paradise (1945) Marcel Carne, France (3)

               Rome, Open City (1945) Roberto Rossellini, Italy (3)

1946        Paisan (1946) Roberto Rossellini, Italy (2)

               Shoeshine (1946) Vittorio De Sica, Italy (2)

               Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Cocteau, France

               A Day In the Country (1936-46) Jean Renoir, France

1947        The Last Stage (1947) Wanda Jakubowska, Poland [1948 release]

               Monsieur Vincent (1947) Maurice Cloche, France

               One Wonderful Sunday (1947) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

               The Pearl (1947) Emilio Fernandez, Mexico

               Quai de Orfevres/Jenny Lamour (1947) H.G. Clouzot, France

               Woman Without a Face (1947) Gustaf Molander, Sweden

1948        Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy (6)

1949        Late Spring (1949) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan (3)

               Bitter Rice (1949) Giuseppe de Santis, Italy

               The Great Madcap (1949) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

               Jour de Fete (1949) Jacques Tati, France

               Stray Dog (1949) Akira Kurosawa, Japannightmare

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Favorites of the Forties  (These are all of the foreign language films that I rated an 8/10 or higher, in order of preference.)

  1. Bicycle Thieves (1948), Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  2. Late Spring (1949), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  3. Stray Dog (1949), Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  4. Rome, Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini, Italy
  5. Day of Wrath (1943), Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  6. Paisan (1946), Roberto Rossellini, Italy
  7. Beauty and the Beast (1946), Jean Cocteau & Rene Clement, France
  8. The Children Are Watching Us (1944), Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  9. Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1944), Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
  10. Drunken Angel (1948), Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  11. Le Corbeau (1943), Henri-Georges Clouzet, France
  12. There Was a Father (1942), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  13. The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (1941), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

 

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My top 10 of the 1940s. I've seen a few more foreign films since I made my lists so there are ones I didn't list initially.

1.) Rome, Open City (1945), Roberto Rossellini, Italy

2.) The Bright Path/Tanya (1940) Grigori Aleksandrov, Russia

3.) Day of Wrath (1943) Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

4.) Paisan (1946) Roberto Rossellini, Italy 

5.) Mamma (1941) G.uido Brignone Italy

6.) Port of Freedom (1944) Helmut Kautner, Germany

7.) Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

8.) They Met In Moscow (1941) Ivan Pyrev, Russia

9.) Die Frau meiner Traume (1944) Georg Jacoby, Germany

10.Beauty and the Beast (1946) Jean Cocteau, France

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Arsan, do you have a favourite from 1949?

El Gran Calavera (The Great Madcap). Luis Buñuel. Mexico.

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Italy and France both have three entries in my decade top 10.

  1. Bicycle Thieves (1948), Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  2. Late Spring (1949), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  3. Children of Paradise (1945), Marcel Carné, France
  4. Woman Without a Face (1947), Gustaf Molander, Sweden
  5. Teresa Venerdì (1941)Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  6. Day of Wrath (1943)Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  7. Beauty and the Beast (1946), Jean Cocteau, France
  8. Le Coeur sur la Main (1948), André Berthomieu, France
  9. Bitter Rice (1949), Giuseppe de Santis, Italy
  10. Ivan the Terrible (1944), Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
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1. Ivan the Terrible, Part !, Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union

2. Children of Paradise, Marcel Carne, France

3. The Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio de Sica, Italy

4. A Day in the Country, Jean Renoir, France

5. Day of Wrath, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

6. Late Spring, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

7. Jour de Fete, Jacques Tati, France

 

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Here are the results of our best of the 1940's poll.  If anyone else would like to post their choice I can go back and edit this list.

Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy (2) 

Ivan the Terrible Part One (1944) Sergei Eisenstein, Russia

Children of Paradise (1945) Marcel Carne, France

Rome, Open City (1945) Roberto Rossellini, Italy

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My top FF films of 1950 of the 7 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

2.  Los Olvidados (1950) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

3.  Variety Lights (1950) Federico Fellini, Alberto Lattuada, Italy

4.  La Ronde (1950) Max Ophuls, France

5.  Chronicle of a Love (1950) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

6.  To Joy (1950) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

7.  Orpheus (1950) Jean Cocteau, France

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My list of top foreign films for 1950-

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1.) Cossacks of the Kuban, Ivan Pyrev, Russia

2.) Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.) The Flowers of St. Francis, Roberto Rosselini, Italy

4.) Orpheus, Jean Cocteau, France

5.) The Fall of Berlin, Mikhail Chiaureli, Russia

6.) Stromboli, Roberto Rosselini, Italy 

7.) Les Enfants Terribles, Jean-Pierre melville, France

8.) La Marie du Port, Marcel Carne, France

 

 

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  1. Stromboli, Roberto Rossellini, Italy 
  2. Rashômon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  3. Los Olvidados, Luis Buñuel, Mexico
  4. Les Enfants Terribles, Jean-Pierre Melville, France
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1950

  1. Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  2. Los Olvidados, Luis Bunuel, Mexico
  3. Orpheus, Jean Cocteau, France
  4. Scandal, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

 

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • Los Olvidados, Luis Bunuel, Mexico
  • Orpheus, Jean Cocteau, France
  • Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

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From the foreign editions-

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1.) Girl With Hyacinths, Hasse Ekman, Swedish edition
2.) Cafe Paradis, Bodil Ipsen, Danish edition
3.) O Methystakas/ the Drunkard, Yorgos Tzavellas, Greek edition

 

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