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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1975

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The Holy Mountain 

 

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A Slightly Pregnant Man 

 

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1.) Amarcord. Federico Fellini. Italy. With Magali Noël, Bruno Zanin.

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1.) El Espíritu de la Colmena/The Spirit of the Beehive. Víctor Erice. Spain. With Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Tellería.

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1.) La Nuit Americaine/Day For Night. François Truffaut. France. With François Truffaut, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Valentina Cortese.

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4.) Scener ur ett äktenskap/Scenes from a Marriage. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. With Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann.

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5.) Ana y los Lobos/Ana and the Wolves. Carlos Saura. Spain. With Geraldine Chaplin, Fernando Fernán Gómez, José María Prada, José Vivó, Rafaela Aparicio.

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6.) La Mansión de la Locura/The Mansion of Madness (aka Dr. Tarr's Torture Dungeon). Juan López  Moctezuma. Mexico. With Claudio Brook, Arthur Hansel, Ellen Sherman.

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Winners of the 1973 Moscow International Film Festival included ….

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That Sweet Word: Liberty! (1973) Vytautas Zalakevicius, Russia

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Jean-Louis Trintignant stars and directs A Full Day's Work (1973).  It is a fair Agatha Christie/Vincent Price-like film about a man seeking revenge against 12 jurors and his plan to accomplish this in just one day.

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Lina Wertmuller's Love and Anarchy (1973) has Giancarlo Giannini plotting to assassinate Mussolini.  He bides time in a brothel with co-conspirator Mariangela Melato.  Lina Polito (centre in the photo below) is also very good.

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That screenshot looks remarkably like La Grande Bouffe in the same year.

 

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Maximilian Schell's Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning The Pedestrian is about a man who is discovered to be a war criminal.  It has an interesting cast which includes Elisabeth Bergner, Peggy Ashcroft, Peter Hall (famed stage director) and Lil Dagover (The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari).

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The 1973 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Sandakan No. 8 (1973, 1974 imdb) Kei Kumai, Japan [note that 1973 is likely the proper year of release given that it won a 1973 public film festival prize]

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Three Giant Men -This is one of those public domain versions of American action films that were made in the 70s and 80s. "Sgt. America" and Santo come from the US and Mexico to Turkey to solve a gang problem. The gang is a gang of spidermen! (Spiderman is the evil guy here). Yeah, this one is really weird and has almost nothing to do with the Capt, America, Santo or Spiderman franchises other than the costumes. The sound was also really bad and the filmstock was really degraded. This one was pretty bad but equal to an American B movie. I give this a 2/10.

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Batman and Robin - This 1973 Turkish movie in black and white has almost nothing to do with the Batman and Robin comic story. Batman and Robin try to stop a gang of serial killers (?) and Batman even shoots them at point blank range in this one. They also visit a strip club in a scene only there to scintillate the viewer. This is an extremely low quality film and is only mildly amusing for its terrible quality. The film stock is even more noticeably degraded than Three Giant Men and this one is in b&w which makes it even worse. I would say this movie is up there in contest with the disgusting Nekromantik (1987) and the extremely unfunny Hitler is Kaput (2008) as the worst foreign language movie I've ever seen. 

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6 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

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Three Giant Men -This is one of those public domain versions of American action films that were made in the 70s and 80s. "Sgt. America" and Santo come from the US and Mexico to Turkey to solve a gang problem. The gang is a gang of spidermen! (Spiderman is the evil guy here). Yeah, this one is really weird and has almost nothing to do with the Capt, America, Santo or Spiderman franchises other than the costumes. The sound was also really bad and the filmstock was really degraded. This one was pretty bad but equal to an American B movie. I give this a 2/10.

 

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Batman and Robin - This 1973 Turkish movie in black and white has almost nothing to do with the Batman and Robin comic story. Batman and Robin try to stop a gang of serial killers (?) and Batman even shoots them at point blank range in this one. They also visit a strip club in a scene only there to scintillate the viewer. This is an extremely low quality film and is only mildly amusing for its terrible quality. The film stock is even more noticeably degraded than Three Giant Men and this one is in b&w which makes it even worse. I would say this movie is up there in contest with the disgusting Nekromantik (1987) and the extremely unfunny Hitler is Kaput (2008) as the worst foreign language movie I've ever seen. 

These two movies shouldbe watched as a double feature, with a huge bowl of popcorn and a six-pack! 😀

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Reed México Insurgente. Paul Leduc. Mexico. With Claudio Obregón, Eduardo López Rojas, Ernesto Gómez Cruz.

Good movie, based on John Reed's writings about the Mexican Revolution, and shot in a documentary style, with long stretches with little or no dialog and meaningful images.

 

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Black Holiday (1973) by Marco Leto is a decent dramatic Italian politico.  A professor is sent by the fascists to a vacation island for re-education.  Adolfo Celi plays the prison warden.

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My top FF films of 1974 of the 16 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Bread and Chocolate (1974) Franco Brusati, Italy

2.  Alice In the Cities (1974) Wim Wenders, Germany

3.  Stavitsky (1974) Alain Resnais, France

4.  Edvard Munch (1974) Peter Watkins, Norway [theatrical release in 1976]

5.  Lovers and Other Relatives (1974) Salvatore Samperi, Italy

6.  The Phantom of Liberte (1974) Luis Bunuel, France

7.  Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Louis Malle, France

8.  We All Loved Each Other So Much (1974) Ettore Scola, Italy

9.  The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974) Werner Herzog, Germany

10. Les Valseuses/Going Places (1974) Bertrand Blier, France

 

Swept Away (1974) Lina Wertmuller, Italy

Lone Wolf and Cub 6: White Heaven In Hell (1974) Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Japan

 

and I’ve also seen …

Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974) Jacques Rivette, France

Effi Briest (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

Parade (1974) Jacques Tati, France [TVM with Cannes Festival release]

Lancelot of the Lake (1974) Robert Bresson, France

 
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My top FF films of 1974

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1. At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His own, Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

2. Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation, Leonid Gaidai, Russia

3. Lacombe, Lucien, Louis Malle, France

4. Celine and Julie Go Boating, Jacques Rivette, France

5. The Enigma of Kasper Hauser, Werner Herzog, West Germany

6. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Jun Fukuda, Japan

7. Alice In the Cities, Wim Wenders, West Germany

8. Lancelot of the Lake, Roert Bresson, France

9. Edvard Munch, Peter Watkins, Norway

10. Sister Street Fighter, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Japan

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The Phantom of Liberty, Luis Bunuel, France

Arabian Nights, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy

Mes Petites Amoureuses, Jean Eustache, France

The Ocean, Yuri Vyshinsky, Russia

And I have also seen...

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The Fate of Kum Hui and Un Hui,  Kil-son Om, Hak Pak, North Korea

Enter the Devil, Mario Gariazzo, Italy

The Sinful Nuns of Saint Valentine, Sergio Grieco, Italy

Time of the Apes, Kiyo Sumi Fukazawa, Atsuo Okunaka, Japan (dubbed compilation of the original 1974 series "Saru no gundan")

Horror of the Zombies, Amando de Ossorio, Spain

Karate Girl, Orhan Aksoy, Turkey 

Revolt of the Dragon, Wu Fei-Chien, Hong Kong/Taiwan

 

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1974  - Another weak year for me, with a few notable genre outings, but that's about it.

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  1. Rabid Dogs aka Kidnapped, Mario Bava, Italy
  2. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue, Jorge Grau, Spain
  3. The Street Fighter, Shigehiro Ozawa, Japan
  4. Lacombe, Lucien, Louis Malle, France
  5. Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, Toshiya Fujita, Japan
  6. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell, Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Japan
  7. Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?, Yoshio Inoue, Japan
  8. 5 Masters of Death, Cheh Chang, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  9. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Jun Fukuda, Japan
  10. Sister Street Fighter, Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, Japan
  11. Return of the Street Fighter, Shigehiro Ozawa, Japan
  12. The Antichrist, Alberto De Martino, Italy
  13. Horror of the Zombies aka The Ghost Galleon, Amando de Ossorio, Spain

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I've also seen:

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  • The Tongfather, Peng Tien, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  • Deadly Jaws, Harald Reinl, West Germany
  • Chase Step By Step, Wu Min-Hsuing, Taiwan
  • The Sinful Nuns of St. Valentine, Sergio Grieco, Italy
  • Riot in a Women's Prison, Brunello Rondi, Italy
  • Beyond the Door, Ovidio G. Assonitis, Italy
  • Enter the Devil aka The Eerie Midnight Horror Show, Mario Gariazzo, Italy
  • The Driver's Seat aka Identikit, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Italy
  • The Swamp of the Ravens, Manuel Cano, Spain
  • Devil's Possessed, Leon Klimovsky, Spain
  • Revolt of the Dragon, Wu Fei-Chien, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  • Slaughter in San Francisco, Wei Lo, Hong Kong
  • Voodoo Black Exorcist, Manuel Cano, Spain
  • Iron Head, Chi Lo, Hong Kong
  • Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Dick Randall, Italy

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Celine and Julie Go Boating, Jacques Rivette, France

There are three more movies listed for 1974, but IMDb has one of them (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) as a 1973 release, and the other two IMDb lists as being from 1975, so I'll post them with that list.

 

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3 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Celine and Julie Go Boating, Jacques Rivette, France

There are three more movies listed for 1974, but IMDb has one of them (Ali: Fear Eats the Soul) as a 1973 release, and the other two IMDb lists as being from 1975, so I'll post them with that list.

 

From the foreign editions-

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  1. The Phantom of Liberty, Luis Buñuel, France
  2. Alice In the Cities, Wim Wenders, West Germany
  3. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  4. The Conscript, Roland Verhavert, Belgium
  5. The Night Porter, Liliana Cavani, Italy
  6. Going Places, Bertrand Blier, France
  7. Scent of a Woman, Dino Risi, Italy
  8. The Secret, Robert Enrico, France
  9. Arabian Nights, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy
  10. Effi Briest, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

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The Conscript ("De Loteling") by Roland Verhavert is a free adaptation of a novella by Hendrik Conscience. A lottery decides who will be drafted. The poor farmer's son Jan Braems initially doesn't have to go, until a rich son bribes him to join the army in his place. He gets chlamydia after visiting a prostitute. This causes a trachoma infection of his eyes, which turns him blind. His girlfriend Katrien comes to take him back home and they start a long walk through the Flemish country. Because he's blind she pulls him on a rope.

There are differences with the novel. In the book there was no bribery; Jan just drew a bad lot. They added a few violent and disturbing scenes. The style is outdated. The biggest problem is the post-synchronization. The Dutch actress Ansje Beentjes was dubbed by a Belgian actress, and a quiet voice sounds louder than a thunderstorm. However it remains a gripping story of poor people with their superstitions and social problems, trying to overcome a sea of troubles. There's a sharp contrast between the dark barracks and the beautiful nature. The leading role is by Jan Decleir, the most prolific Belgian actor, who starred in lots of Belgian and Dutch films through the decades.

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Favorite foreign-language film of 1974, and one of my favorite foreign films of all time:

 

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 1. Celine and Julie Go Boating  Jacques Rivette, France

 2. The Enigma of Kasper Hauser  Werner Herzog, West Germany

 3. The Phantom of Liberty  Luis Bunuel, France/Italy

 4. Scenes from a Marriage  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

 5. My Little Loves  Jean Eustache, France

 6. Alice in the Cities  Wim Wenders, West Germany

 7. Fear Eats the Soul  Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

 8. Arabian Nights  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy/France

 9. Lacombe, Lucien  Louis Malle, France

10. Lancelot du Lac  Robert Bresson, France

11. The Traveler  Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

12. Still Life  Sohrab Shahid-Saless, Iran

13. Stavisky  Alain Resnais, France/Italy

14. Electra, My Love  Miklos Jancso, Hungary

 

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The 1974 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominees included …

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Cat’s Play (1974) Karoly Makk, Hungary

 

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The Deluge (1974) Jerzy Hoffman, Poland

 

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Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Louis Malle, France

 

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The Truce (1974) Sergio Renan, Argentina

 

The 1975 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film nominees included …

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Scent of a Woman (1974) Dino Risi, Italy

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The winner of the 1974 BAFTA Best Picture Award ….

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Lacombe, Lucien (1974) Louis Malle, France

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France’s Cesar Awards began in 1976.  It replaced the Etoile de Cristal which ran from 1955 to 1975.  BTW, I could not find any records of the winners of those awards.  Nor could I find any information regarding the Grand Prix du Cinema Francais which ran from 1934 to 1986.  That is why we haven't had any French national awards until this point.  The first foreign film winner of the Cesar was …

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Scent of a Woman (1974) Dino Risi, Italy

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6 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

France’s Cesar Awards began in 1976.  It replaced the Etoile de Cristal which ran from 1955 to 1975.  BTW, I could not find any records of the winners of those awards.  Nor could I find any information regarding the Grand Prix du Cinema Francais which ran from 1934 to 1986.  That is why we haven't had any French national awards until this point.  

They're on the French language Wikipedia (if that's what you're looking for).

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Étoiles_de_cristal#Grand_prix

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_prix_du_cinéma_français

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