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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1989

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1983 - This is an odd year, chock full of bizarre oddities and several "so bad they're good" movies.

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  1. Project A, Jackie Chan & Sammo Hung, Hong Kong
  2. Le Dernier Combat, Luc Besson, France
  3. Danton, Andrzej Wajda, France/Poland
  4. L'Argent, Robert Bresson, France
  5. Sans Soleil, Chris Marker, France
  6. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain, Tsui Hark, Hong Kong
  7. The Killing of Satan, Efren C. Pinon, Philippines
  8. Warriors of the Wasteland, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy
  9. Legend of the Eight Samurai, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan
  10. The Exterminators of the Year 3000, Giuliano Carnimeo, Italy
  11. Golgo 13: The Professional, Osamu Dezaki, Japan
  12. Duel to the Death, Ching Siu-Tung, Hong Kong
  13. A Blade in the Dark, Lamberto Bava, Italy

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I've also seen:

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  • Treasure of the Four Crowns, Ferdinando Baldi, Spain
  • Zeder aka Revenge of the Dead, Pupi Avati, Italy
  • 2019: After the Fall of New York, Sergio Martino, Italy
  • Fantasy Mission Force, Chu Yen-Ping, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  • Order of Death, Roberto Faenza, Italy
  • Raiders of Atlantis, Ruggero Deodato, Italy
  • W Is War, Willy Milan, Philippines
  • Conquest, Lucio Fulci, Italy
  • The Seven Magnificent Gladiators, Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso, Italy
  • Escape from the Bronx, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy
  • Hundra, Matt Cimber, Spain
  • Extra Terrestrial Visitors, Juan Piquer Simon, Spain
  • Hercules, Luigi Cozzi, Italy
  • Yor, the Hunter from the Future, Antonio Margheriti, Italy
  • Ironmaster, Umberto Lenzi, Italy

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Ballad of Narayama, Shohei Imamura, Japan
  • El Norte, Gregory Nava, UK/USA
  • The Fourth Man, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  • L'Argent, Robert Bresson, France
  • Le Dernier Combat, Luc Besson, France
  • Sans Soleil, Chris Marker, France

 

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  1. Pauline at the Beach, Éric Rohmer, France
  2. One Deadly Summer, Jean Becker, France
  3. The Fourth Man, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  4. À Nos Amours, Maurice Pialat, France
  5. Brussels by Night, Marc Didden, Belgium
  6. Carmen, Carlos Saura, Spain
  7. Deadly Circuit, Claude Miller, France
  8. Zaman, Patrick Le Bon, Belgium
  9. First Name: Carmen, Jean-Luc Godard, France
  10. Duvar, Yilmaz Güney, Turkey

Several legendary femmes fatales this year.

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From the foreign editions-

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The Worthless, Mika Kaurismaki, Finnish edition

So Long, Stooge, Claude Berri, French edition

Rembetiko, Costas Ferris, Greek edition

Sweet Bunch, Nikos G. Nikolaidis, Greek edition

The Lift, Dick Maas, Dutch edition 

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1. Sans Soleil  Chris Marker, France

2. L'Argent  Robert Bresson, France

3. The South  Victor Erice, Spain

4. Nostalghia  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union/Italy

5. The Ballad of Narayama  Shohei Imamura, Japan

6. And the Ship Sails On  Federico Fellini, Italy

7. Pauline at the Beach  Eric Rohmer, France

8. City of Pirates Raul Ruiz, France

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The 1983 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included these nominees …

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Carmen (1983) Carlos Saura, Spain

 

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At First Sight/Entre Nous (1983) Diane Kurys, France

 

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Le Bal (1983) Ettore Scola, Italy

 

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The Revolt of Job (1983) Imre Gyongyosy, Hungary

 

The 1984 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included this nominee …

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War Time Romance (1983) Pyotr Todorovsky, Russia

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The 1984 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this winner ….

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Carmen (1983) Carlos Saura, Spain ****

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France’s 1983 Grand Prix du Cinema Award went to …

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Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983) Alain Resnais, France

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies

Sans Soleil  Chris Marker, France #99

L'Argent  Robert Bresson, France #159

Nostalghia  Andrei Tarkovsky, Italy #365

A Nos Amours  Maurice Pialat  France #428

El Sur  Victor Erice, Spain #669

The Ballad of Narayama  Shohei Imamura, Japan #911

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies

Ananas  Amos Gitai, Israel
Les anees 80 Chantal Akerman Belgium/France
L'argent Robert Bresson, France
Fellow Citizen  Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
Sans soleil  Chris Marker, France
Sylvia: Un portrait de Parvameh Navar  Maria Konaris, France
 

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The 1983 winners of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award were …

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Le Bal (1983) Ettore Scola, Italy

 

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A Nos Amours (1983) Maurice Pialat, France

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The 1983 German Film Awards Best Picture winners included …

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The Heartbreakers (1983) Peter Fr. Bringmann, Germany

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The 1984 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Beyond Sorrow, Beyond Pain (1983) Agneta Elers-Jarleman

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The Robert Awards presented by the Danish Film Academy began in 1984 for films of 1983.  The Best Picture winner was …

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Beauty and the Beast (1983) Nils Malmros, Denmark

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1983/84 Best Picture winners included …

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Le Bal (1983) Ettore Scola, Italy

 

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And the Ship Sails On (1983) Federico Fellini, Italy

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And the Ship Sails On - In the days before WWI, a funeral is being held for a respectable female opera singer. The boat is taking all the funeral mourners to her home island and of course the mourners are made up of kooks and oddballs in typical Fellini fashion. This isn't Fellini's greatest film but I thought it was very funny and has a touching part where refugees land on the ship and are forced to watch the rich eating through the window. A touching scene that certainly wouldn't be out of place today. If you like Fellini's light and dramatic side, I suggest giving this one a view.

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The 1983 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …

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Bajo la Metralla (1983) Felipe Cazals, Mexico

 

The 1984 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …

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Frida Still Life (1983) Paul Leduc, Mexico

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The 1983 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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The Eyes (1983) Utpalendu Chakrabarty, India

 

The 1984 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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The Philosopher (1983) G.V. Iyer, India

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The 1983 winner of Japan’s Academy Award was …

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The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Shohei Imamura, Japan

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China’s Hundred Flowers Award for Best Picture of 1983 was …

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Zanmen de Niu Bai Sui (1983) Huanzhang Zhao, China

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The winner of China’s Golden Rooster Award for Best Picture of 1983 was …

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Voice From Hometown (1983) Bingdang Hu, China

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The 1983 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Picture went to …

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Boon Bin Yen (1983) Allen Fong, Hong Kong

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Project A is a period-piece martial arts action comedy set in the 19th century. The convoluted plot involves the Hong Kong authorities trying to stamp out piracy and illegal arms sales. It's all just a pretense for wildly inventive action set-pieces and jaw-dropping stunt work. The film stars the "Three Brothers", Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao. They all attended the world-famous Peking Opera School together, and they became friends and frequent co-stars, with the media dubbing them "older brother" (Hung), "middle brother" (Chan), and "younger brother" (Biao). This was also the film where Chan's admiration for the works of Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd came to the forefront. His dangerous stunt set-ups include just as much slapstick and physical humor as they do martial arts mayhem. Project A was a massive hit, cementing Chan's status as the biggest star in the Far East, and it was followed by a sequel four years later.

Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

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The Psychotronic Video Guide named 1981's The Road Warrior as the second most influential genre film ever made. The number of rip-offs, copies, send-ups and imitations seemed to be endless throughout the 1980's, and the post-apocalyptic sub-genre was here to stay. 1983 saw a number of these movies released, from all over the globe, and here's my thoughts on the ones that I've seen.

 

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Escape from the Bronx was an unasked for sequel to the previous year's 1990: The Bronx Warriors. The hero, named Trash (Mark Gregory), battles baddies led by Henry Silva. Silly, cheap, and dumb, courtesy of director Enzo G. Castellari.

 

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W Is War, from the Philippines, takes the wildly-costumed motor-vehicle gangs from The Road Warrior and plants them in a near-future but still-functional society. It may be the silliest movie on my list, as the bizarrely-outfitted bad guys roam around typical city streets and normally-dressed citizenry. I discovered this obscurity on a battered VHS tape I bought at a flea market. What a treasure.

 

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2019: After the Fall of New York is another Italian effort, this time from Sergio Martino. This one involves a hero (Michael Sopkiw) searching a post-nuke hellscape for the last fertile woman. This one has the added bonus of bad guy George Eastman chewing the scenery. For those wondering why so many of these movies mention New York, the Bronx, etc...it's because they not only ripped off Mad Max/The Road Warrior, but also John Carpenter's Escape from New York.

 

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Exterminators of the Year 3000 is also from Italy. This may be the most blatant Road Warrior rip-off of the bunch, as a group of survivors look to a loner hero to hep secure a precious water reserve. This movie manages to be silly enough in dialogue and action to rise to "so bad it's good" status.

 

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Warriors of the Wasteland is also Italian, and also from Enzo (Escape from the Bronx) Castellari. It's also known by the title The New Barbarians. Set in the far-flung future of 2019, it involves a gang of crazies trying to kill anyone who isn't a part of their group. The cast includes George Eastman, as well as grade-Z blaxploitation legend Fred Williamson. 

 

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Finally, there's Le Dernier Combat, aka The Last Battle. This French post-apocalyptic film features B&W cinematography, a very small cast, and only two words of spoken dialogue. It follows the hardscrabble lives of a tiny handful of survivors, struggling to find resources while defending their supplies from others. Director Luc Besson handles the action well, and the off-kilter, very black humor of the piece. I very much enjoyed this film when I first saw it many years ago.

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Conquest - This fantasy film from Lucio Fulci is a Spanish- Italian- Mexican co-production. This is one of the fantasy films aping off the success of Conan the Barbarian (one of my favorite films). Unfortunately this one doesn't have much of the charm of that film. Jorge Rivero faces off against a witch and werewolf/ zombie men in an ancient fantasy world. While the special effects to this one are very dated I did like some of the cinematography, especially a beautiful shot of the sunrise emerging in a cloudy, misty environment. If you are into cheesy B films, this one is worth a look.

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23 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

Conquest - This fantasy film from Lucio Fulci is a Spanish- Italian- Mexican co-production. This is one of the fantasy films aping off the success of Conan the Barbarian (one of my favorite films). Unfortunately this one doesn't have much of the charm of that film. Jorge Rivero faces off against a witch and werewolf/ zombie men in an ancient fantasy world. While the special effects to this one are very dated I did like some of the cinematography, especially a beautiful shot of the sunrise emerging in a cloudy, misty environment. If you are into cheesy B films, this one is worth a look.

I have that on DVD. I like the villainess who goes topless through much of the film.

Conan the Barbarian is one of my favorites of the 1980's, as well. It, too, proved to be very influential, as several copycats quickly emerged. Besides the aforementioned Conquest, I've also seen HerculesThe Seven Magnificent GladiatorsHundraYor the Hunter from the Future, and Ironmaster, all from 1983. Add in the previous year's The Blade Master and Ator the Fighting Eagle, and the swords-and-sorcery subgenre was everywhere. And those are just the foreign-made imitators!

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Here's the Spanish-language section of this thread:

1983

1. Carmen. Carlos Saura. Spain. With Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía, Cristina Hoyos.

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1. Frida, Naturaleza Viva/Frida, Still Life. Pablo Leduc. Mexico. With Ofelia Medina, Juan José Gurrola, Max Kerlow, Claudio Brook.

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3. El Sur/The South. Víctor Erice. Spain. With Omero Antonutti, Lola Cardona, Sonsoles Aranguren, Iciar Bollaín.

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4. E La Nave Va/And the Ship Sails on. Federico Fellini. Italy. With Freddie Jones, Barbara Jefford, Victor Poletti.

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5. Le Bal/The Ball. Ettore Scola. Italy, France, Algeria.

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6. El Corazón de la Noche/The Heart of the Night. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Mexico. With Jorge Balzaretti, Marcela Camacho, Pedro Armendáriz, Jr.

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7. Bearn o la Sala de las Muñecas/Bearn or The Livingroom of the Dolls. Jaime Chávarri. Spain. With Fernando Rey, Angela Molina, Amparo Soler Leal, Imanol Arias.

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8. Truhanes/Con Men. Miguel Hermoso. Spain. With Francisco Rabal, Arturo Fernández Rodríguez, Lola Flores, Isabel Mestres, Vicky Lagos.

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