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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1959

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  1. The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  2. Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  3. The Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, Italy
  4. Kanal, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  5. Il Grido, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  6. White Nights, Luchino Visconti, Italy
  7. Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
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My list-

1.)  The Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, Italy

2.) The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

3.) Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

4.) The Cranes Are Flying, Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR

5.) Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6.) Kanal, Andrzej Wajda, Poland

7.) In Soldier's Uniform, Imre Fehér, Hungary

8.) Dobrý voják Svejk, Karel Steklý, Czechoslovakia

 

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50 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

 

1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Cranes Are Flying, Mikhail Kalatozov
  • Mother India, Mehboob Khan, India
  • The Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini, Italy
  • The Seventh Seal, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Throne of Blood, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  • Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

 

From the foreign editions-

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Ni Liv, Arne Skouen, Norwegian edition 

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1. The Seventh Seal  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

2. Throne of Blood  Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3. Wild Strawberries  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

4. Nights of Cabiria  Federico Fellini, Italy

5. Letter from Siberia  Chris Marker, France

6. The Snow Queen  Lev Atamanov, Nikolay Fyodorov, Soviet Union

7. White Nights  Luchino Visconti, Italy

8. Tokyo Twilight  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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The 1957 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films …

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The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellin, Italy ****

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The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) Robert Siodmak, Germany

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The Gates of Paris (1957) Rene Clair, France

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Mother India (1957) Mehboob Kahan, India

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Nine Lives (1957) Arne Skouen, Norway

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The winners of the 1957 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Confessions of Felix Krull (1957) Kurt Hoffman, Germany

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Yellow Crow (1957) Heinosuke Gosho, Japan

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Tizoc (1957) Ismael Rodriguez, Mexico

The winners of the 1959 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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The 1957 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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The Devil Strikes at Night (1957) Robert Siodmak, Germany

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1956/57 Best Picture winner included …

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Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellini, Italy

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1.) The Nights of Cabiria. Federico Fellini. Italy.Drama.

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2.) Wild Strawberries. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. Drama.

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3.) The Seventh Seal. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. Drama/Fantasy.

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4.) Throne of Blood. Akira Kurosawa. Japan. Action/Drama.

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5..) El Vampiro. Fernando Méndez. Mexico. Horror.

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Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's list of his 1000 favorite movies up to 2003

1925 

Master of the House  Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
Metropolis  Fritz Lang, Germany
Potemkin  Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union
Tartuffe F.W. Murnau. Germany

1926 

Dura lex (By the Law) Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union
Faust F.W. Murnau, Germany
Mother Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet Union
A Page of Madness / A Crazy Page Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

1927 

Un chapeau de paille d'Italie Rene Clair, France
October  Sergei Eisenstein. Soviet Union

1928 

L'argent Marcel L'Herbier, France
Le chute de la maison Usher Jean Epstein, France
La passion de Jeanne d'Arc Carl Theodor Dreyer, France
*Spione  Fritz Lang, Germany
 

1929 

*Arsenal Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union
The General Line  Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union
The Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov. Soviet Union
The New Babylon Grigori Kozinstev / Leonid Trauberg, Soviet Union

1930 

L'age d'Or  Luis Bunuel, France
The Blue Angel Josef von Sternberg, Germany
Earth Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union
Sous les toits de Paris  Rene Clair, France
That Night's Wife  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100.

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The 1957 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was ….

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Tizoc (1957) Ismael Rodriguez, Mexico

Mexico’s Ariel Awards were then suspended until 1971

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Nominated for the 1958 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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He Who Must Die (1957) Jules Dassin, France

A small greek village in the 1920's which is occupied by the Turks puts on a Passion Play and chooses locals to play the parts.  When a group from a nearby village that has been torched turns up to seek refuge the play takes on dangerous parallels.  It features Jean Servais, Melina Mercouri and Gert Frobe.

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The Mysterians

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This is another Japanese science fiction film from Ishiro Honda (GodzillaRodan). It involves an alien race from the planet Mysteriod, which used to exist between Mars and Jupiter, but was destroyed in a nuclear war. The Mysterians demand land to live on and Earth women to breed with, and they employ a giant robot to try and intimidate the peoples of the world into submission. It's all very silly, but fun and visually engaging like many of Honda's films. It was shot in full color and anamorphic widescreen, one of the first Japanese genre films to do so. It later inspired the band name ? and the Mysterians, who had a hit in 1966 with "96 Tears".

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I Vampiri (1957) is a fine Italian horror film. One of its alternate titles: Lust of the Vampire.

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The 1959 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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El Ultimo Cuplé. Juan de Orduña. Spain. Musical Drama. Sara Montiel, Armando Calvo.

A famous singer falls in love with a bullfighter and becomes penniless. Her former agent finds her and wants to help her back on her feet. Well made musical melodrama, made shortly after Sara Montiel returned to Spain after making movies in Mexico and the US. It was a smash hit, a classic today.

 

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**Announcement**

We will start 1958 this Friday, July 13th and then 1959 on Thursday, July 19th in order to do an end of the decade review and poll before starting 1960 on the traditional Saturday.

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1957 foreign film was …

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The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellin, Italy

Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1958 foreign film was …

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies up to 2003:

1931 

La chienne Jean Renoir, France
Enthusiasm Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union
*M Fritz Lang, Germany
*La nuit du carrefour  Jean Renoir, France

1932 

Boudu sauve des eaux  Jean Renoir, France
*Ivan  Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union
*I Was Born But  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
Marie, legende hongrois  Paul Fejos, France-Hungary
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse  Fritz Lang, Germany
Vampyr  Carl Theodor Dreyer, France-Germany
Zero de conduite  Jean Vigo, France

1933 

Deserter  Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet Union
The Great Consoler  Lev Kuleshov, Soviet Union
Passing Fancy  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
 

1934 

Angele  Marcel Pagnol, France
L'atalante  Jean Vigo, France
La signora di tutti  Max Ophuls, Italy
Toni  Jean Renoir, France
 

1935 

Aerograd / Frontier  Alexander Dovzhenko, Soviet Union
Le crime de Monsieur Lange  Jean Renoir, France
 

1936 
 
The Only Son  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
Slussakkord (Final Accord)  Douglas Sirk, Germany
 

1937 

La grande illusion  Jean Renoir, France
Les perles de la couronne  Sacha Guitry, France
 

1938 

Alexander Nevsky  Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union
La bete humaine  Jean Renoir, France
The Childhood of Maxim Gorky   Mark Donskoi, Soviet Union
Olympia  Leni Riefenshahl, Germany
 

1939 

L'espoir  Andre Malraux, France-Spain
*La regle du jeu  Jean Renoir, France
*Story of Late Chrysanthemums  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

Movies marked with an asterisk (*) are on Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.
 

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The 1956/57 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Be Dear to Me (1957) Annelise Hovmand, Denmark

The 1957 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Sin Alley (1957) Palle Kjaerfuiff-Schmidt, Robert Sasskin, Denmark

The 1957 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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The Gates of Paris (1957) Rene Clair, France

The 1958 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1957/58 Best Picture winner was …

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The Nights of Cabiria (1957) Federico Fellin, Italy

In 1960 Nastro d’Argento introduced their foreign film award which could mean an English language film but this year it was from Sweden ….

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The Seventh Seal (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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The 1957 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon and Mainichi Film Awards was …

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The Rice People (1957) Tadashi Imai

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The Confessions of Felix Krull by Kurt Hoffman is a lightweight comedy about a young man who hops from bed to bed and position to position conning his way up the ladder.  It was an opportunity to see a young Horst Buchholz act in his native German, pre his foray into American films with The Magnificent Seven and One, Two, Three.

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Gillo Pontecorvo's The Wide Blue Road starring Yves Montand and Alida Valli is worth trying to track down IMO.  The plot has a poor fisherman who in trying to provide for a young family breaks the rules and uses bombs instead of nets.  As one can imagine this brings trouble.  The style of the film reminded me a bit of Visconti's La Terra Trema (1948).

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