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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1971

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The 1970 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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The Wild Child (1970) Francois Truffaut, France

 

The 1971 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Claire’s Knee (1970) Eric Rohmer, France

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Nominated for the 1970 National Society of Film Critics Best Film …

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The Wild Child (1970) Francois Truffaut, France

 

The 1971 National Society of Film Critics Best Pictures included …

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Claire’s Knee (1970) Eric Rohmer, France ****

 

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The Conformist (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

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The winner of the 1969 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The Things of Life (1970) Claude Sautet, France

 

The winner of the 1970 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Claire’s Knee (1970) Eric Rohmer, France

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Now that I've got a hang of how to make the lists I've gone back to the very first page and included my favorite foreign films of the silent era.

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My Top 5 Foreign Films of the 1960s:

1.) 8 1/2. Federico Fellini. Italy.

2.) La Dolce Vita. Federico Fellini. Italy.

3.) Persona. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden.

4.) Viridiana. Luis Buñuel. Spain, Mexico.

5.) Last Year at Marienbad. Alain Resnais. France.

 

1970

1.) Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini/The Garden of the Finzi-Contini. Vittorio de Sica. Italy. With Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, Helmut Berger.

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2.) Il Conformista/The Conformist. Bernardo Bertolucci. Italy, France, West Germany. With Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Dominique Sanda.

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3.) Tristana. Luis Buñuel. Spain, France, Italy. With Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero.

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4.) Le Genou de Claire/Claire's Knee. Eric Rohmer. France.

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5.) El Jardín de las Delicias/The Garden of Delights. Carlos Saura. Spain. With José Luis López Vázquez, Luchy Soto, Eduardo Calvo.

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The winner of the 1970 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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Hoa-Binh (1970) Raoul Coutard, France

 

The winner of the 1971 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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Ramparts of Clay (1970) Jean-Louis Bertucelli, France

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1971 foreign film was …

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The Conformist (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

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The 1971 Belgium Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

 

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The 1977 Belgium Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Dodes’ka-den (1970) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The 1970 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Mr. and Mrs. Juan Lamaglia (1970) Raul de la Torre, Argentina

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The 1970 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Ang.: Lone (1970) Franz Ernst, Denmark

 

The 1970 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Le Boucher (1970) Claude Chabrol, France

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1969/70 Best Picture winners …

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The Confession (1970) Constantin Costa-Gavras, France

 

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Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970) Elio Petri, Italy

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The 1970 winner of the Mainichi Film Award was …

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Where Spring Comes Late (1970) Yoji Yamada, Japan

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The Winner of the 1971 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

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The 1970 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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Soleil O (1970) Med Hondo, France

 

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Lilika (1970) Branko Plesa, Yugoslavia

 

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This Transient Life (1970) Jissoji Akio, Japan

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The Ear by Czechoslovakian filmmaker Karel Kachyna touches on the same subject of eavesdropping by the State as is seen in The Lives of Others (2006).   As you might suspect this film was banned by the Communist Party and not released until 1989.

I went to wikipedia to refresh my memory of the film and thought this brief description one that was better than I could do ...

The film is about a bitter married couple that consists of Ludvik, a senior official of Prague's ruling Communist regime, and his alcoholic wife Anna. They return home after attending a political party dinner and notice their home has been broken into. Several strange occurrences, including the disappearance of their spare house keys and dead phone lines, lead them to believe that they are under surveillance by their own government. As the night progresses, the flaws of their marriage and of each other are exposed.

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This foreign language film won the 1970 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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Dead of Summer (1970) Nelo Risi, Italy

 

This foreign language film won the 1971 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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Claire’s Knee (1970) Eric Rohmer, France

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I saw Werner Herzog's Even Dwarfs Started Small at the very first Toronto International Film Festival in 1977 but its premise is still quite memorable.  Dwarfs break out of a mental institution and wreak havoc.   It's a curio that probably should have been a short film.

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Winners of the 1971 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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Live Today, Die Tomorrow (1970) Kaneto Shindo, Japan

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The winner of the 1970 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Mr. and Mrs. Juan Lamaglia (1970) Raul de la Torre, Argentina

 

The Mar del Plata Film festival would be cancelled until 1996

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Bernardo Bertolucci's other 1970 film The Spider's Stratagem isn't quite as good as The Conformist but who many films are.  It stars Giulio Brogi and Alida Valli and was shot by Vittorio Storaro.  Brogi returns to the village of his birth where his deceased father is celebrated as a resistance hero of WWII.  But is that the real story?  Brogi is determined to find out.

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Elio Petri's Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion is a dark sardonic politico.  Police inspector Gian Maria Volonte kills his Mistress and then manipulates the subsequent investigation.  Even when evidence points his way the authorities refuse to pick up the trail.

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White Sun of the Desert - This red western is one of my favorite films of all time and if I had to recommend one film from all of the my lists in this thread it would be this film. Comrade Sukhov is a red army captain who roams the deserts and dreams of his wife and home in North Russia. Eventually he runs across an army regiment that orders him to guard the harem of a ruthless warlord, Black Abdullah. Of course, Black Abdullah comes back with his gang and is out for revenge. Sukhov is like a selfless, Eastwood type hero defending the innocent.  This movie is hilarious, sad and has cool actions scenes all at once. I can not underestimate how enjoyable this film is. 

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"The Orient is a delicate matter!"

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The Red Detachment of Women - I already reviewed the original version of this so I don't have to go into too much detail. This is the film version of the cultural ballet and the entire film is on YT. It has nice music and choreography. Likewise Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy and The Legend of the Red Lantern are based on operas of that time as well and as you can imagine, they cover similar ideas. 

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Nachalo - This film is about an actress who plays Joan of Arc in a film. On the side she sees a married man. The film deals with the drama around this and life as an actress. Despite what this may sound like, it plays more like a romantic comedy than a serious thought provoking drama. It had some funny moments and some serious too. I recommend it.

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Tchaikovsky - Film about the life of the composer. It shows his struggles as a composer and as a man. It was okay. The recreations of the composer's compositions were the best part. Some nice ballet music and choreography. 

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The Priest's Wife - Romantic comedy from Italy about a priest (Marcello Mastroianni) and the woman he is seeing (Sophia Loren). Of course this causes a scandal at the church and everyone has their own opinion on if he should see her or remain abstinent for the church. This has some funny moments.

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