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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1974

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The 1952 winner of the Mainichi Film Award was …

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Ikuru (1952) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The Emperor's Baker - The Baker's Emperor is a Czechoslovakian fantasy comedy by Martin Fric.  It is also known as The Emperor and the Golem.  It has an 8.1 rating on the imdb but didn't fare so well in my books.  As one might presume, the Emperor, the slightly mad Rudolph II has a doppelgänger who is a baker.  In a convoluted plot, the switch occurs just as the Emperor's dream of awakening the Golem becomes a reality.  I saw the two hour international version with English subtitles (the dvd shown above).  The film was originally released in two feature length parts.

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The 1952 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon Award was …

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Inazuma/Lightning (1952) Mikio Naruse, Japan

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On 6/4/2018 at 8:19 PM, LawrenceA said:

 

To give some background, I had one year in the 1930's with a FLF (foreign language film) as my top choice: 1937 and Grand Illusion. There were no years in the 1940's with a FLF top pick (that may change, as I watched Shoeshine recently and loved it, but I'm not sure if it will overtake my current top choice for 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives).

Looking ahead at my annual top ten lists, there are 3 more years in the 1950's, 1 in the 1960's, and none in the following decades. So I either consider the 1950's the greatest decade for foreign language films, or else it was a weaker decade for English language films. Or both!

I don't have top tens before 1927, the last three years of the twenties are led by a silent foreign film, then it's three in the thirties, four in the forties, two in the fifties, four in the sixties, three in the seventies, one in the eighties, two in the nineties, three in the zeroes, and three so far this decade.

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My top FF films of 1953 of the 16 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

2.  The Earrings of Madame De… (1953) Max Ophuls, France

3.  El (1953) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

4.  Gate of Hell (1953) Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

5.  Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

6.  I Vitelloni (1953) Federico Fellini, Italy

7.  Therese Raquin (1953) Marcel Carne, France

8.  Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati, France

9.  Summer With Monika (1953) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

10. La Signora Senza Camelia (1953) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

 

Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) Luigi Comencini, Italy

The Great Adventure (1953) Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden

Sawdust and Tinsel (1953) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

White Mane: The Wild Horse (1953) Albert Lamorisse, France

and I’ve also seen …

The Saga of Anatahan (1953) Josef von Sternberg, Japan

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  1. Bread, Love and Dreams, Luigi Comencini, Italy
  2. Le Boulanger de Valorgue, Henri Verneuil, France
  3. Summer with Monica, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  4. Thérèse Raquin, Marcel Carné, France 
  5. Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  6. A Geisha, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  7. The Earrings of Madame de..., Max Ophüls, France

Two light-hearted comedies on top, with Gina Lollobrigida and Fernandel.

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1953

  1. The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France*
  2. Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  3. Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  4. Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Jacques Tati, France
  5. The Earrings of Madame De..., Max Ophuls, France
  6. I Vitelloni, Federico Fellini, Italy
  7. Gate of Hell, Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

 

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • The Earrings of Madame De..., Max Ophuls, France
  • Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Jacques Tati, France
  • Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  • Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  • The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

 

*The Wages of Fear is my favorite movie of 1953 regardless of language. All of my top 6 choices on the list above are exceptional films, in my opinion.

 

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My list-

1.) The Earrings of Madame De…,  Max Ophuls, France

2.) Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

3.) Ugetsu Monogatari, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

4.) Vasili's Return, Vsevolod Pudovkin, USSR

5.) Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Jacques Tati, France

6.) Summer With Monika, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

7.) The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

8.) Sawdust and Tinsel, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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5 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • The Earrings of Madame De..., Max Ophuls, France
  • Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Jacques Tati, France
  • Summer with Monika, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  • Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  • The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

 

 

 

From the foreign editions-

1.) The Great Adventure, Arne Sucksdorff, Swedish edition

 

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1.  The Earrings of Madame De..., Max Ophuls, France

2.  The Wages of Fear, Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

3.  Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Jacques Tati, France

4.  Ugetsu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

5.  Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

6.  Bienvenido Mr. Marshall!, Luis Garcia Berlanga, Spain

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The 1954 Academy Awards gave an honorary award to …

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Gate of Hell (1953) Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

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The winner of the 1954 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Gate of Hell (1953) Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1954 were …

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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati, France

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Bread, Love and Dreams (1953) Luigi Comencini, Italy

Nominated for the 1956 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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I Vitelloni (1953) Federico Fellini, Italy

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1952 foreign film was …

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El (1953) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1953 foreign film was …

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The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

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Just want to interject that I appreciate all of the various artwork you're finding for these awards posts, Bogie, and anyone else who has been including posters from around the world. It has helped keep this thread lively and interesting.

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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1953 foreign film was …

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The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

This was the existentialist breakout role for Yves Montand.  The French were always quick to tell me that he had started out as a singer and a dancer. They were so proud of his versatility.

Montand won the 1953 Best Actor at Cannes and Cluzot's film won the "Palme d'Or".

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The winner of the 1952 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The Crimson Curtain (1953) Alexander Astruc, France

The winner of the 1953 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati, France

 
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I’m playing a little catch up by adding the Prix Jean Vigo as it has some interesting choices.  Traditionally it is given to a ‘young’ director for showing innovative skill and in many years it is for a short film.  The Prix began in 1951 and its first recipient was Jean Leherissey for the short film, La Montagne Est Verte (1950).  In 1952 this feature film won the award …

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The High Life (1951) Henri Schneider, France

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The winner of the 1953 Prix Jean Vigo was …

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White Mane: The Wild Horse (1953) Albert Lamorisse, France

This was on my list of runner ups.  Some classify it as a short film but at 47 minutes it met my feature criteria of a running time of at least 40 minutes.  The premise is simple.  A boy tames a wild horse only to become hunted by ranchers.  The film made an impact because of its lyrical photography and lack of dialogue.  It was rereleased in 2007 by Janus.

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The 1952/53 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Adam and Eve (1953) Erik Balling, Denmark

The 1953 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Farlig Ungdom (1953) Lau Lauritzen, Denmark

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1. Bienvenido Mister Marshall. Luis García Berlanga. Spain. Comedy.

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2. Mr Hulot's Holiday. Jacques Tati. France. Comedy.

 

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3. Dos Tipos de Cuidado. Ismael Rodríguez. Mexico. Comedy.

 

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4. I Vitelloni. Federico Fellini. Italy. Comedy/Drama

 

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5. Tokyo Story. Yasuhiro Ozu. Japan. Drama.

 

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6. The Wages of Fear. Henri Georges Clouzot. France. Action.

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7. Ugetsu. Kenji Mizoguchi. Japan. Fantasy/Drama.

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Vasili's Return - This was the last film of famous director Pudovkin. It's about a soldier named Vasili who leaves home to fight in WWII. He's thought to be dead so his wife remarries. He then returns and becomes very sad. This was a decent drama film about something many soldiers had to go through in WWII when they were thought missing and dead. They sometimes had to come home to families who barely even remembered them and/ or moved on. This was Pudovkin's last film and I'm surprised it's not more well known. It has his good signature cinematography too.

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In 1954 BAFTA gave this foreign film a Best Picture Award ….

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The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

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The winners of the 1954 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films were …

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No Way Back (1953) Victor Vicas, Germany

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La Signora Senza Camelia (1953) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

I saw Antonioni's The Lady Without Camelias some time ago at a Cinematheque screening so the plot is a little vague.  Basically it is about a young actress who is being groomed to be a film star and her unhappy experiences.  Antonioni's style is still very much evolving but there are hints of things to come in some images.

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La Guerra de Dios (I was a Parrish Priest). Rafael Gil. Spain. Drama.

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A young priest faces hostility when he is assigned to a new Parrish. Good melodrama, more focused on the personal and social problems of the people rather than the saintliness of the priest.  With Francisco Rabal, Claude Laydu, and José Marco Davó.

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Las Tres Perfectas Casadas. (Three Perfect Housewives). Roberto Gavaldón. Mexico. Comedy/Drama.

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Three married couples get together to celebrate their wedding anniversaries and receive news that their friend, a confirmed bachelor, has died. He left a letter to the husbands confessing that he had affairs with their wives. And then he shows up at the party.

Good comedy of manners that unfortunately sinks into soapy suds every time Laura Hidalgo is on the screen.

With Arturo de Córdova, Laura Hidalgo, René Cardona, José Elías Moreno, and Miroslava.

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The Winner of the 1953 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

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The Winner of the 1953 Cannes Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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The Wages of Fear (1953) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

The Winner of the 1954 Cannes Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Gate of Hell (1953) Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

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