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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1971

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1929 was the first year for the National Board of Review Awards.  These foreign language films were winners …

Arsenal (1929) Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Russia

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Dreyer, France

October Ten Days That Shook The World (1928) Sergei Eisenstein, Russia

Homecoming (1928) Joe May, Germany

The 1930 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included these 1920 films …

Old and New (1929) Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei Eisenstein, Russia

Storm Over Asia (1928) V.I. Pudovkin, Russia

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Included in Michael Gebert’s Encyclopedia of Film Awards were his own choices which he called the Golden Armchair Awards.  For 1929 his choice for best foreign film was …

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Pandora’s Box (1929) G.W. Pabst, Germany

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V.I. Pudovkin's Mother (1926) was my number one film of the 1920's.  I see I am the only one to have mentioned it.  It is based on a 1906 Maxim Gorky novel where a mother becomes embroiled in a unionist movement in Czarist Russia.  What impressed me most about this film is the art of montage.  Compositions, symbolism, movement within frames, tempo and storytelling.  It almost seems like a lost art today.  Pudovkin's contemporary, Sergei Eisenstein wrote an interesting essay on dialectical montage which illustrates the conflict in a single image or conflict built by successive images.  Mother is available on youtube but if you want to jump right to the chase and a montage that rivals Potemkin's steps there is an 11 minute clip of the film's ending as well.

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My top FF films of 1930 of the 5 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Westfront 1918 (1930) G.W. Pabst, Germany

2.  The Blue Angel (1930) Josef von Sternberg, Germany

3.  Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) Rene Clair, France

4.  L’age d’Or (1930) Luis Bunuel, France

and I’ve also seen …

The Blood of a Poet (1930) Jean Cocteau, France

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1930

  1. Westfront 1918, G.W. Pabst, Germany
  2. L'age d'Or, Luis Bunuel, France
  3. The Blue Angel, Josef von Sternberg, Germany
  4. Under the Roofs of Paris, Rene Clair, France
  5. Earth, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, USSR
  6. People On Sunday, Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Germany
  7. Walk Cheerfully, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  8. That Night's Wife, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  9. I Flunked, But..., Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

I've also seen The Blood of a Poet, but I have it as a 1932 release.

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Oh, this was our tally for the best of the decade for the 1920's

Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang, Germany (2) 

Mother (1926) V.I. Pudovkin, Russia

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Carl Dreyer, France

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1930

1.  L'Age D'Or Luis Bunuel, France

2.  People on Sunday Robert Siodmak, Edward G. Ulmer, Germany

3.  Salt for Svanetia Mikhail Kalatazov, USSR

4.  That Night's Wife  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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1930

1.) Blue Angel, Josef Von Sternberg, Germany

2.) Hyppolit, A Lakaj, Istvan Szekely, Hungary

3.) Westfront 1918, GW Pabst, Germany

4.) People on Sunday, Edward G. Ulmer, Germany

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The 1930 National Board of Review foreign language film winners were …

Earth (1930) Aleksandr Dovzehnko, Russia

Two Hearts In Waltz Time (1930) Geza von Bolvary, Germany

The 1931 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included …

Under the Roofs of Paris (1930) Rene Clair, France

Westfront 1918 (1930) G.W. Pabst, Germany

The 1932 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included …

Der Andere/The Other (1930) Robert Wiene, Germany

Two Souls (1930) Erich Waschneck, Germany

The 1933 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included …

The Blood of a Poet (1930) Jean Cocteau, France

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1 minute ago, Bogie56 said:

The Blood of a Poet (1930) Jean Cocteau, France

So are we not going with the IMDb date on that one after all?

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31 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

So are we not going with the IMDb date on that one after all?

Yes, 1932.  I've just messed it up.  I was going by a date it was long known by before we had the imdb and its records of actual release dates.  In looking into it the film was completed in 1930 but shelved for two years as being too risqué.  It may have and a public screening in 1930 but there is no mention of one.  Wikipedia describes it as a 1930 film with a 1932 release - bases covered.

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  1. The Blue Angel, Josef von Sternberg, Germany
  2. People On Sunday, Robert Siodmak & Edgar G. Ulmer, Germany

A short and completely German list. I take note of the other titles mentioned.

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1930 foreign film was …

Westfront 1918 (1930) G.W. Pabst, Germany

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My top FF films of 1931 of the 8 that I have seen are ….

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1.  M (1931) Fritz Lang, Germany

2.  La Chienne (1931) Jean Renoir France

3.  The Three Penny Opera (1931) G.W. Pabst, Germany

4.  A Nous La Liberte (1931) Rene Clair, France

5.  Le Million (1931) Rene Clair, France

6.  Congress Dances (1931) Erik Charell, Germany

7.  Maedchen In Uniform (1931) Leontine Sagan, Germany

8.  Dracula (1931) George Melford, USA

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  1. M - Fritz Lang, Germany
  2. Alone - Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg, USSR
  3. The Three Penny Opera - G. W. Pabst, Germany

 

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1.) Threepenny Opera, GW Pabst, Germany

2.) A Nous la Liberte, Rene Clair, France

3.) M, Fritz Lang, Germany

4.) Le Million, Rene Clair, France

5.) Dafnis Kai Hloi, Orestis Laskos, Greece

6.) Flying Gold, Istvan Szekely, Hungary

7.) Sous le Verrous, James Parrott, USA

8.) Madchen in Uniform, Leontine Sagan, Germany

 

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1931

  1. M, Fritz Lang, Germany
  2. A nous la liberte, Rene Clair, France
  3. Marius, Alexander Korda, France
  4. La Chienne, Jean Renoir, France
  5. The Three Penny Opera, G.W. Pabst, Germany
  6. Le Million, Rene Clair, France
  7. The Lady and the Beard, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  8. David Golder, Julien Duvivier, France
  9. Dracula, George Melford & Enrique Tovar Avalos, USA
  10. Tokyo Chorus, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  11. Limite, Mario Peixoto, Brazil
  12. The Neighbor's Wife and Mine, Heinosuke Gosho, Japan
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1. M, Fritz Lang, Germany

2. La Chienne, Jean Renoir, France

3. Le Million, Rene Clair, France

4. Enthusiasm, Dziga Vertov, USSR

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The 1931 National Board of Review foreign language film winners were …

The Three Penny Opera (1931) G.W. Pabst, Germany

The 1932 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included …

A Nous La Liberte (1931) Rene Clair, France

Golden Mountains/Zlatya Gory (1931) Sergei Yutkevich, Russia

Kameradschaft (1931) G.W. Pabst, Germany

Maedchen In Uniform (1931) Leontine Sagan, Germany

The Theft of the Mona Lisa (1931) Geza von Bolvary, Germany

Road to Life (1931) Nikolai Ekk, Russia

The 1933 National Board of Review foreign language film winners included …

M (1931) Fritz Lang, Germany

Hell on Earth/Niemandsland (1931) Victor Trivas, Germany

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1931 foreign film was Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931).   Though while it was shot on location by a German director this is still an American film in the English language.  In future I won’t bother mentioning Gebert’s foreign films in the English language.

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1932 was the first year of the Venice Film Festival.  These foreign language films won awards.  All were from 1931 …

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Best Technical Perfection: Maedchen In Uniform (1931) Leontine Sagan, Germany

Most Convincing Director: The Road to Life (1931) Nikolia Ekk, Russia

Most Amusing Film: A Nous La Liberte (1931) Rene Clair, France

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Alone (Odna, pronounced "Yodna") is a Soviet film about a woman who brings sacrifices for her country and becomes a teacher in Siberia. The bad guys are the kulaks or rich peasants. It has a propaganda message, but Yelena Kuzmina's acting, the location shooting in the Altai mountains and the hammering music of Shostakovich make it a document of its time.

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On January 6, 2018 at 7:10 AM, Bogie56 said:

6.  Congress Dances (1931) Erik Charell, Germany

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I think I may have been the only one to mention Congress Dances.  If you are a fan of the breezy Maurice Chevalier, Lubitsch rom com genre that features a rich/poor romance you might wish to check this one out.  Both Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch were big stars in Germany.  Harvey was a London girl who moved to Berlin at the age of 8.  Her mini bio on the imdb is very interesting.  The fact that she was once a huge star at UFA went against her when she later worked in Hollywood.  Conrad Veidt also stars in Congress Dances.

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