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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1974

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The 1970 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Vengeance (1970) Zhang Che, Hong Kong

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Mark of the Devil is a gruesome exploitation film that caused controversy all over the world, becoming a big financial success along the way. It features Udo Kier as an interrogator and witch hunter during the 1700's. He loses faith in his profession when he sees how the nobility, in the person of Herbert Lom, are abusing the fears of the supernatural to further their own petty ends. The cast also includes scar-faced Reggie Nalder as "Albino". This film is trashy, but not quite as low as Jess Franco's knock-offs. It was undoubtedly inspired by Witchfinder General aka The Conqueror Worm (1968) which was a bigger hit in Europe than it was in the States. Mark of the Devil itself would inspire countless dreadful copycats throughout the next decade.

 

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Awakening of the Beast was another bizarro flick from mad Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins. This is in many ways the craziest thing he released to date, although it lacks the charm of his earliest Coffin Joe movies. This time we're presented with a blend of phony documentary and lurid horror and sexploitation. A panel of "experts", including Marins playing himself, discuss if and how recreational drug use is perverting the sexual habits of users. Four volunteers try LSD, and each of their "experiences" is dramatized, which allows Marins to reprise his Coffin Joe persona. I haven't seen many movies like this one, and Marins would continue down the exploitation abyss even further in the future.

 

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A Hatchet for the Honeymoon is a giallo thriller about a man whose Oedipus complex drives him to insanity and murder. Like many of director Mario Bava's films, his exquisite eye for shot composition is the film's highlight, and helps smooth over narrative gaps. I only hesitantly recommend this one, as it straddles the line between a 6/10 and a 5/10 score from me, and that's coming from someone who is partial to the genre and the filmmaker. 

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Shine, Shine, My Star - set during the Russian revolution a theater owner performs his art. He performs a play of Joan of Arc and philosophizes on how art has changed during the civil war years. This one had some really nice cinematography and colors but it wasn't particularly interesting.

 

Gamera vs. Monster X is another kaiju film. Monster X goes to Japan to fight Gamera and there are many punches and explosions. The English dub of this is on YouTube. 

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Cruise - Two bumbling stowaways pretend to be party entertainment officials in order to get on a cruise. The Captain orders them to entertain everyone and it follows their goofy exploits as they fool around. Someone writes a curse word about the "officials" and they try to get to the bottom of it. This film has Monty Python-esque humor and one scene even reminded me of the Ministry of Silly Walks. I didn't find this one particularly funny though. 

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8 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

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. 

I just noticed that this is currently available free for streaming for Amazon Prime members. I added it to my queue and will watch it soon, in the middle of my October horror/sci-fi fest.

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2 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I just noticed that this is currently available free for streaming for Amazon Prime members. I added it to my queue and will watch it soon, in the middle of my October horror/sci-fi fest.

Cool! Hope you like it, dude. You'll notice a lot of similarity to John Ford westerns because the director said he was influenced by them. It's got action, comedy, sad scenes, etc. Many of the lines have also entered the local language as slang.

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The Best Picture winner of the 1970 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Home Sweet Home (1970) Ching-Jui Pai, Taiwan

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**Announcement**

Tomorrow we shall move to 1971 as planned.  1971 will be up for two weeks instead of the traditional one week as I will be incommunicado for part of that time.  Perhaps some may wish to fill that space with some of the films from pre 1971 that they have since seen and missed posting about before.

I am in the UK now for some months and have encountered very big problems in being able to view the TCM web site never mind post to it.  I discovered a work-around that is quite involved that I won't bore you with.  I hope that it continues to work.

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My top FF films of 1971 of the 21 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Emigrants (1971) Jan Troell, Sweden

2.  A Touch of Zen (1971) King Hu, Taiwan

3.  Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) Claude Jutra, Canada

4.  Trinity Is Still My Name (1971) Enzo Barboni, Italy.  [dubbed]

5.  Death In Venice (1971) Luchino Visconti, Italy [I can’t recall how much of this was in English]

6.  King Lear (1971) Grigori Kozintsev, Russia

7.  Murmur of the Heart (1971) Louis Malle, France

8.  Two English Girls (1971) Francois Truffaut, France 

9.  Without Apparent Motive (1971) Philippe Labro, France

 

and I’ve also seen …

Solaris (1971) Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia

Les Males (1971) Gilles Carle, Canada

Traffic (1971) Jacques Tati, France

They Have Changed Their Face (1971) Corrado Farina, Italy

Fata Morgana (1971) Werner Herzog, Germany

Daughters of Darkness (1971) Harry Kumel, Belgium.  [dubbed]

Santo vs. the Head Hunters (1971) Rene Cardona, Sr., Mexico

The Salamander (1971) Alain Tanner, Switzerland

Beware of a Holy **** (1971) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

Gentlemen of Fortune (1971) Aleksandr Seryj, Russia

Lake of Dracula (1971) Michio Yamamoto, Japan

WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia

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  1. Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  2. A Touch of Zen, King Hu, Taiwan
  3. The Emigrants, Jan Troell, Sweden
  4. Godzilla vs Hedorah, Yoshimitsu Banno, Japan
  5. The Cat o' Nine Tails, Dario Argento, Italy
  6. The Big Boss, Wei Lo & Wu Chia-Hsiang, Hong Kong
  7. Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle, France
  8. A Bay of Blood, Mario Bava, Italy
  9. Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kumel, Belgium
  10. Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Dario Argento, Italy
  11. She Killed in Ecstasy, Jess Franco, West Germany

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I've also seen:

 

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  • The Devil's Nightmare, Jean Brismee, Belgium
  • Requiem for a Vampire, Jean Rollin, France
  • The Shiver of the Vampires, Jean Rollin, France
  • Vampyros Lesbos, Jess Franco, West Germany
  • Rage of the Tiger, Wang Hung-Chang, Taiwan
  • Cold Eyes of Fear, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy
  • Four Times That Night, Mario Bava, Italy
  • Lady Frankenstein, Aureliano Luppi, Italy
  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, Emilio Miraglia, Italy
  • The Devil With Seven Faces, Osvaldo Civirani, Italy
  • His Name Was Sam Walbash, But They Call Him Amen, Demofilio Fidani, Italy
  • The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman, Leon Klimovsky, Spain

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle, France
  • Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  • A Touch of Zen, King Hu, Hong Kong
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia
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My top FF films of 1971...

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1.) How Tasty was my Little Frenchman?, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazil

2.) King Lear, Grigori Kozintsev, Russia

3.) A Touch of Zen, King Hu, Taiwan

4.) Lulu the Tool, Elio Petri, Italy

5.) The Ceremony, Nagisa Oshima, Japan

6.) Mon Oncle Antoine, Claude Jutra, Canada

7.) Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle, France

8.) The Emigrants, Jan Troell, Sweden [I saw the dubbed into English version that was played on TCM]

9.) Traffic, Jacques Tati, France

10.) When We Pick Apples, Yong-ho Kim, North Korea

 

 Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia

 Love, Károly Makk, Hungary

 Gentlemen of Fortune, Aleksandr Seryj, Russia

 Yesenia, Alfredo B. Crevenna, Mexico

 WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971) Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia

 

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27 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle, France
  • Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  • A Touch of Zen, King Hu, Hong Kong
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia

From the foreign editions-

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1.) Evdokia, Alexis Damianos, Greek edition

2.) Love, Károly Makk, Hungarian edition

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Death In Venice would be my #1, but I think it's ineligible, because it's mostly in English. Otherwise this is a pretty weak year.

  1. The Decameron, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy
  2. Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  3. Murmur of the Heart, Louis Malle, France
  4. Mira, Fons Rademakers, Netherlands
  5. Just Before Nightfall, Claude Chabrol, France
  6. The Emigrants, Jan Troell, Sweden
  7. The Legend of Frenchie King, Christian-Jaque, France
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The 1971 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominees included …

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The Emigrants (1971) Jan Troell, Sweden

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The Policeman Azoulay (1971) Ephraim Kishon, Israel

Somewhere around this time the Academy began the odd practise  of allowing foreign film nominees to compete for the Best Picture Award but only in the following year.  Hence this film was nominated for Best Picture in 1972 …

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The Emigrants (1971) Jan Troell, Sweden

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1. Two English Girls  Francois Truffaut, France

2. Murmur of the Heart  Louis Malle, France

3. Land of Silence and Darkness Werner Herzog, West Germany

4. Out 1:  Noli Me Tangere  Jacques Rivette, France

5. The Ceremony  Nagisa Oshima, Japan

6. Fata Morgana  Werner Herzog, West Germany

7. Four Nights of a Dreamer  Robert Bresson, France

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17 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

My top FF films of 1971 of the 21 that I have seen are ….

 

 

5.  Death In Venice (1971) Luchino Visconti, Italy [I can’t recall how much of this was in English]

 

Solaris (1971) Andrei Tarkovsky, Russia

Death in Venice would certainly be my favorite foreign language film of 1971 if it were eligible.  However, since Dirk Bograde does most of the talking, and he's the key to the film, I consider it an English language film, despite whatever Italian language versions there may exist.  Why isn't Solaris considered a 1972 film?

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2 hours ago, skimpole said:

Why isn't Solaris considered a 1972 film?

Like many Soviet films, the true premiere date is murky. IMDb lists the premiere as taking place in Moscow on December 30, 1971. Wikipedia, on the other hand, lists all sorts of premiere dates, even contradicting itself. Among the vital stats listed in the block on the right of the page, the premiere date is listed as March 20, 1972, and showing at Cannes in May of 1972. However, in the body of the text, it lists the film's Soviet premiere as February of 1973.

Since it was established early on in this thread that we were going by the IMDb dates, that's what I went with.

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The winner of the 1971 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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The Policeman Azoulay (1971) Ephraim Kishon, Israel

 

The winner of the 1972 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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The Emigrants (1971) Jan Troell, Sweden

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The 1971 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Lenz (1971) George Moorse, Germany

 

The 1972 German Film Awards Best Picture winners included …

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Trotta (1971) Johannes Schaaf, Germany

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The 1970 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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The Emigrants (1971) Jan Troell, Sweden

 

The 1971 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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The Apple War (1971) Tage Danielsson, Sweden

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Many odd horror films came out of Europe in the 1970s. I'm a fan of Graveyard of Horror (aka The Butcher of Binbrook, among many other titles), a 1971 Spanish film. It has a disjointed creepiness that I find unique and effective; and it has a great musical theme. Here's the trailer (dubbed in English) with the music:

I like the Psychotronic Encyclopedia's description of the film:

"A man cares for his hairy ghoul brother by tending his grave and feeding him fresh corpses. A strange feature best viewed at 5:30 am on television."

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies for 1971

A Touch of Zen  King Hu, China (Hong Kong) #341

Out 1, noli me tangere  Jacques Rivette, France #406

La Region Centrale  Michael Snow, Canada #483

W.R.:  Mysteries of the Organism  Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia  #684

Two English Girls  Francois Truffaut, France  #842

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies

The Death of Maria Malibrun  Werner Schroeter, West Germany
Deux fois  Jackie Raynal, France
Four Nights of a Dreamer  Robert Bresson, France
How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman  Nelson Pereira Dos Santos, Brazil
*Out 1  Jacques Rivette, France
Petit a petit  Jean Rouch, France
Red Psalm  Miklos Jancso, Hungary
*La region centrale  Michael Snow, Canada
Trafic  Jacques Tati, France
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (Makavejev)

Films marked with an asterisk (*) are on Rosenbaum's top 100 list.  Note that dates are not exact. 

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1971/72 Best Picture winners included …

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The Working Class Goes to Heaven (1971) Elio Petri, Italy

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The 1971 Canadian Film Award winner …

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Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) Claude Jutra, Canada

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The 1971/72 winners of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award were ….

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The Barefoot Eagle (1971) Alfonso Arau, Mexico

 

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The Gates of Paradise (1971) Salomon Laiter, Mexico

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