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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1979

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The Blue Sky Maiden by Yasuzo Masumura has a young country girl travelling to the city to live with her father, step mother and step-siblings.  Just as in Cinderella she is treated like a servant by the siblings and step-mother.  Ayako Wakao is enchanting in the lead role.  A young man from the city is smitten by her but Wakao carries a torch for her teacher back home.

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I saw The Men of Tohoku by Kon Ichikawa at the BFI Southbank and it is another one that I have been unable to find on dvd with subtitles.  It is an odd tale of an island where only the first-born sons are allowed to have families. The rest lead a rather miserable existence.

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Elegy of the North or Banka by Heinosuke Gosho is an enjoyable soaper.  Yoshiko Kuga plays a young woman who falls for an older married man.  She feels compelled to meet his wife (Mieko Takamine) and when she does discovers that she admires her.  It becomes a heartbreaking situation that a devil may have conjured - as in Bedazzled (1967).

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Don Quixote by the Russian master Grigori Kozinstev is probably my favourite version of the Cervantes classic.  The widescreen scope cinematography is the real star here.  

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The Winner of the 1958 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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The Winner of the 1958 Cannes Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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The Cranes are Flying (1957) Mikhail Kalatozov, Russia

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Continuing on with Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies up to 2003:

1941

Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

1942 
 
The 47 Ronin  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

1943 

La ciel est a vous  Jean Gremillon, France
*Day of Wrath  Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

1944 

Les enfants du paradis  Marcel Carne, France
The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks  Edgar Neville, Spain

1944-1946 

*Ivan the Terrible, Parts 1 and 2  Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union

1945 

Les dames du bois de Boulogne   Robert Bresson, France

1946 

La belle et la bete   Jean Cocteau, France
Five Women around Utamaro   Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
Paisa   Roberto Rossellini, Italy
Sciuscia (Shoeshine)   Vittori De Sica, Italy

1947 

Germany Year Zero  Roberto Rossellini, Italy
Quai des Orfevres  Henri-Georges Clouzot, France
 

1948

The Bicycle Thief   Vittorio De Sica, Italy
A Hen in the Wind  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
*Spring in a Small City   Fei Mu, China
La terra trema  Luchino Visconti, Italy
 

1949 

Les enfants terribles  Jean-Pierre Melville, france
Jour de fete  Jacques Tati, France
Late Spring  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
Stromboli  Roberto Rossellini, Italy

1950

Los olivdados  Luis Bunuel, Mexico
Orphee  Jean Cocteau, France

1951 

Bellissima  Luchino Visconti, Italy
The White Sheik  Federico Fellini, Italy

1952 

Europa 51  Roberto Rossellini, Italy
Ikiru  Akira Kurosawa, Japan
The Life of Oharu  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
Madame de...  Max Ophuls, France
Umberto D  Vittorio De Sica, Japan
Venom and Eternity  Jean-Isadore Isou, France

1953 

The Golden Coach  Jean Renoir, France
Tokyo Story  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
Ugetsu Monogatari  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

1954 

Chikamatsu monogatari (The Crucified Lovers)  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
Mr. Hulot's Holiday  Jacques Tati, France
*The Saga of Anatahan  Josef von Sternberg, Japan
*Sansho the Bailiff  Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
Senso  Luchino Visconti, Italy
The Wages of Fear  Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

1955 

The Lady Without Camelias  Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
Lola Montes  Max Ophuls, France
*Ordet  Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
Sawdust and Tinsel   Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
Shin heike monogatari (New Tales of the Taira Clan)  Kenji Mizoguchi, Frane
 

1956 

Aparajito  Satyajit Ray, India
Elena et les homes  Jean Renoir, France

*A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson, France

 

Movies marked with an asterisk (*) are on Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.

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The 1957 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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Il Grido (1957) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

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In Soldier's Uniform - During WWI, an upper class man in a village enters a love affair with a peasant. He chooses not to ruin his rank by "marrying down" though. This movie satirizes the upper class of those times and portrays them as careless.

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Good Soldier, Svejk - Czech comedy based on the famous book. The movie satirizes war (particularly WWI) with a funny character Svejk. This is a funny film. 

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This foreign language film won the 1957 San Sebastian Film Festival ….

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Oh! Sabella (1957) Dino Risi, Italy

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The winner of the 1958 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Quiet Flows the Don (1958) Sergey Gerasimov, Russia

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theyshootpictures.com movies for 1957

Wild Strawberries  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #56

The Seventh Seal  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #71

Nights of Cabiria  Federico Fellini, Italy #200

Throne of Blood  Akira Kurosawa, Japan #268

Pyassa  Guru Dutt, India #440

The Cranes are Flying  Mikhali Kalatozov Soviet Union #476

Il Grido  Michelangelo Antonioni Italy #777

Mother India  Mehboob Kan #869

 

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies for 1957

La Cada del Angel  Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina

Kiss  Yasuzo Masumura, Japan

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The Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina began in 1959.  The International Best Picture winner was ….

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Wild Strawberries (1957) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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The 1957 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Suzakumon/The Love of a Princess (1957) Kazuo Mori, Japan

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My top FF films of 1958 of the 13 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, France

2.  The Hidden Fortress (1958) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.  The Music Room (1958) Satyajit Ray, India

4.  Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) Mario Monicelli, Italy

5.  Ashes and Diamonds (1958) Andrzej Wajda, Poland

6.  It Happened In Broad Daylight (1958) Ladislao Vajda, Germany

7.  The Magician (1958) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

8.  Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Louis Malle, France

9.  Ballad of Narayama (1958) Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan

10. Hercules (1958) Pietro Francisci, Italy.  [dubbed]

 

and I’ve also seen …

L’Opera Mouffe (1958) Agnes Varda, France

The Vampire’s Coffin (1958) Fernando Mendez, Mexico [dubbed]

The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy (1958) Rafael Portillo, Mexico. [dubbed]

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My top FF films of 1958.

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1.) The Music Room, Satyajit Ray, India

2.) Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France

3.) Elevator to the Gallows, Louis Malle, France

4.) My Wife Makes Music, Hans Heinrich, East Germany

5.) The Sailor's Song, Kurt Maetzig, East Germany

6.)  Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland

7.)  Ballad of Narayama, Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan

8.) Fanfare, Bert Haanstra, the Netherlands

9.) Eroica, Andrzej Munk, Poland

10.) The Last Day of Summer, Tadeusz Konwicki, Poland

11.) The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy, Rafael Portillo, Mexico

 

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1958

  1. The Hidden Fortress, Akira Kurosawa, Japan*
  2. Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France
  3. Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine, Egypt
  4. Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  5. Jalsaghar: The Music Room, Satyajit Ray, India
  6. Big Deal on Madonna Street, Mario Monicelli, Italy
  7. Underworld Beauty, Seijun Suzuki, Japan
  8. The H-Man, Ishiro Honda, Japan
  9. The Vampire's Coffin, Fernando Mendez, Mexico
  10. The Lovers, Louis Malle, France

I've also seen:

  • Hercules, Pietro Francisci, Italy

*The Hidden Fortress is my favorite movie of 1958 regardless of language.

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  • Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine, Egypt
  • Jalsaghar: The Music Room, Satyajiy Ray, India
  • Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France
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8 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  • Cairo Station, Youssef Chahine, Egypt
  • Jalsaghar: The Music Room, Satyajiy Ray, India
  • Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France

From the foreign editions-

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1.) Fanfare, Bert Haanstra, Dutch edition

2.) Lake of the Dead, Kåre Bergstrøm, Norwegian edition

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The 1958 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films …

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Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, France ****

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Helden (1958) Franz Peter Wirth, Germany

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Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) Mario Monicelli, Italy

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The Year Long Road (1958) Giuseppe De Santis, Yugoslavian entry

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La Venganza (1958) Juan Antonio Bardem, Spain

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  1. Elevator to the Gallows, Louis Malle, France
  2. The Magician, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  3. The Lovers, Louis Malle, France
  4. Fanfare, Bert Haanstra, Netherlands
  5. Village by the River, Fons Rademakers, Netherlands
  6. The Law Is the Law, Christian-Jacque, France
  7. Ashes and Diamonds, Andrzej Wajda, Poland
  8. Mon Oncle, Jacques Tati, France

*Elevator to the Galllows was appealing to me for its three different paces: static in the elevator, hectic during the joyride, dark and moody during Jeanne Moreau's night walk with Miles Davis in the background.

*The Magician was an inspiration for Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight. 

*After a long void Dutch cinema is relaunched with one comedy and an adaptation of a regional doctor's novel.

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The winners of the 1958 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Das Madchen Rosemarie (1958) Rolf Thiele, Germany

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L’eau Vive/Girl and the River (1958) Francois Villiers, France

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The Year Long Road (1958) Giuseppe De Santis, Italy

The winners of the 1959 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Wir Wunderkinder (1958) Kurt Hoffman, Germany

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1957/58 Best Picture winner was …

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Behind the Great Wall (1958) Carlo Lizzani, Italy

Italy’s David di Donatello 1958/59 Best Picture winner was …

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Tempest (1958) Alberto Lattuada, Italy

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1.  Ivan the Terrible Part II Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union

2.  The Music Room  Satyajit Ray, India

3.  Mon Oncle Jacques Tati, France

4.  The Hidden Fortress  Akira Kursoawa, Japan

5.  Ashes and Diamonds  Andrzej Wajda, Poland

6.  Elevator to the Gallows Louis Malle, France

7.  The Magician  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

8.  Equinox Flower Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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The winner of the 1958 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Mon Oncle (1958) Jacques Tati, France

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The winner of the 1957 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Louis Malle, France

The winner of the 1958 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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I, a Negro (1958) Jean Rouch, France

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