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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

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Top Ten Favorites of the 1970's - If you don't feel that my top choice is foreign language enough (as it's usually shown in English), then disregard it and count #2 as #1. If my #2 is objectionable for being a series rather than a single film, then disregard that one as well, and count #3 as my #1 pick.

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1) Suspiria (1977), Dario Argento, Italy

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2) Lone Wolf and Cub (1972-1974), Kenji Misumi & Buichi Saito & Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Japan

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3) The Conformist (1970), Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

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4) The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Luis Bunuel, France/Italy/Spain

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5) Solaris (1972), Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR

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6) The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong

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7) Dersu Uzala (1975), Akira Kurosawa, USSR

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8 - Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Werner Herzog, West Germany

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9) The Way of the Dragon (1972), Bruce Lee, Hong Kong

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10) El Topo (1970), Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico

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 1.   The Confession (1970)  Constantin Costa-Gavras, France

 2.   The Mirror (1975)  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union

 3.   Cries and Whispers (1972)  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

 4.   The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)  Luis Bunuel, France

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

 6.   The Traveling Players  (1975)  Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

 7.   Solaris (1972)  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union

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

 9.   Aguirre:  the Wrath of God  (1972)  Werner Herzog, West Germany

10.   The Phantom of Liberty (1974)  Luis Bunuel, France

11.   The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)  Victor Erice, Spain

12.   Scenes from a Marriage (1974)  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

13.   Stalker (1979)  Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union

14.   The Ascent (1977) Larissa Shepitko, Soviet Union

15.   Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)  Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France

16.   La Maman et la Putain (1973)  Jean Eustache, France

17.   Red Psalm (1972) Miklos Jancso, Hungary

18.   The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)  Ermanno Olmi, Italy

19.   My Little Loves (1974)  Jean Eustache, France

20.   The Conformist (1970)  Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

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

22.   Alice in the Cities (1974)  Wim Wenders, West Germany

23.   The Battle of Chile (1979)  Particio Guzman, Chile

24.   Day for Night (1973)  Francois Truffaut, France

25.   Perceval le Gallois (1978)  Eric Rohmer, France

26.   Moses and Aaron (1975)  Jean-Marie Straub, Daniele Huillet, West Germany

27.   Autumn Sonata (1978)  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

28.   Cria Cuervos (1976) Carlos Saura, Spain

29.   The Little Theatre of Jean Renoir  (1970)  Jean Renoir, France

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1970s:

 

Cries and Whispers. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden.

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The Spirit of the Beehive. Víctor Erice. Spain

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Amarcord. Federico Fellini. Italy.

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Day for Night. François Truffaut. France

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Luis Buñuel. France

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Autumn Sonata. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden.

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Charity. Jorge Fons.Mexico.

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Raise Ravens. Carlos Saura. Spain.

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The Passion of Berenice. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo. Mexico.

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Hell Without Limits. Arturo Ripstein. Mexico.

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Face to Face. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden.

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Mama Turns 100. Carlos Saura. Spain.

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Canoa. Felipe Cazals. Mexico.

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The Omen. Luis Alcoriza. Mexico

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The Garden of the Finzi Continis. Vittorio de Sica. Italy.

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The Emigrants. Jan Troell. Sweden.

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  1. The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  2. Day For Night (1973) Francois Truffaut, France
  3. The Phantom of Liberty (1974) Luis Buñuel, France
  4. Fox and His Friends (1975) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  5. Autumn Sonata (1978) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  6. Alice in the Cities (1974) Wim Wenders, West Germany
  7. A Special Day (1977) Ettore Scola, Italy
  8. Le Boucher (1970) Claude Chabrol, France
  9. The Decameron (1971) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy
  10. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (1972) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  11. In the Realm of the Senses (1976) Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  12. Le Cercle Rouge (1970) Jean-Pierre Melville, France
  13. The Conscript (1974) Roland Verhavert, Belgium
  14. Turkish Delight (1973) Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  15. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

The resurrection of German cinema is the most notable trend.

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A few words about my top choice The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun). 

It's the first of three films in which Fassbinder criticized the "Wirtschaftswunder", the rebuilding of West Germany in the fifties. Hanna Schygulla plays a seductress. The men in her life symbolize the different German ideologies: her husband is a Nazi in prison; her new lover is a businessman who represents the new capitalism. Colours are carefully chosen: a lot of brown, and red as a symbol for seduction. A lot of shots are through a grate or window. History is present on the radio in the background. The structure is symmetrical, with an explosion in the beginning and at the end. Supporting actors like the long Gottfried John and the accountant Hark Bohm, who appear in other Fassbinder films as well, have great faces for character roles. Fassbinder gave himself a small role as a black marketeer.

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Here were our best foreign language film of the 1970's choices ...

The Confession (1970) Constantin Costa-Gavras, France

The Conformist (1970) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

White Sun of the Desert (1970) Vladimir Motyl, Russia

Cries and Whispers (1972) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Suspiria (1977) Dario Argento, Italy

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

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My top FF films of 1980 of the 18 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France

2.  Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.  Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980) Vladimir Menshov, Russia

4.  The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France

5.  Les Bons Debarras, Francis Mankiewicz, Canada

6.  Oblomov (1980) Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

7.  Heads or Tails (1980) Robert Enrico, France

8.  It Can’t Be Winter, We Haven’t Had Summer Yet (1980) Louise Carre, Canada

9.  The Handyman (1980) Micheline Lanctot, Canada

10.  Loulou (1980) Maurice Pialat, France

 

La Cage Aux Folles II (1980) Edouard Molinaro, France

City of Women (1980) Federico Fellini, Italy

The Coffin Affair (1980) Jean Lebreque, Canada

 

and I’ve also seen …

Fantastica (1980) Gilles Carle, Canada

From the Life of the Marionettes (1980) Ingmar Bergman, Germany

Spetters (1980) Paul Verhoeven, the Netherlands

The Blood of Hussein (1980) Jamil Demlavi, Pakistan

Leap Into the Void (1980) Marco Bellocchio, Italy

 
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My top FF films of 1980

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1. Cannibal Holocaust,  Ruggero Deodato, Italy

2.  Mon Oncle D’Amerique, Alain Resnais, France

3. The Last Metro, Francois Truffaut, France

4. Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

5. Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears, Vladimir Menshov, Russia

6. City of Women, Federico Fellini, Italy

7. Oblomov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

8. Unsung Heroes: Panmunjeom, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

9. Unsung Heroes: Operation Fog, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

10. Unsung Heroes: A Dangerous Confrontation, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

 

Unsung Heroes: On that Moonless Night,  Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Unsung Heroes: Peril, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Unsung Heroes: Seduction, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Unsung Heroes: Island of Death, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Unsung Heroes: the Shade Cast by Laughter, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

And I have also seen....

Unsung Heroes: the Battle Continues,  Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Unsung Heroes: Destiny, Ryu Ho-son, Ko Hak-lim, North Korea

Holocaust 2: The Revenge, Angelo Pannaccio, Italy

Antropophagus, Joe D'Amato, Italy

 

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1980

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  1. Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  2. The Last Metro, Francois Truffaut, France
  3. City of the Living Dead, Lucio Fulci, Italy
  4. Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, Italy
  5. Three Men to Kill, Jacques Deray, France
  6. Contamination, Luigi Cozzi, Italy
  7. Return to the 36th Chamber, Chia-Liang Liu, Hong Kong
  8. Loulou, Maurice Pialat, France
  9. Nightmare City, Umberto Lenzi, Italy
  10. Inferno, Dario Argento, Italy
  11. Virus aka Day of Resurrection, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan
  12. The Night of the Hunted, Jean Rollin, France
  13. Champ vs Champ, Godfrey Ho & Hyeok-su Lee, South Korea/Hong Kong
  14. Zombie Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher M.D., Marino Girolami, Italy

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I've also seen:

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  • Hell of the Living Dead, Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso, Italy
  • House on the Edge of the Park, Ruggero Deodato, Italy
  • Macabre, Lamberto Bava, Italy
  • Master Killers, Hung-Chang Wang, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  • Emperor of Shaolin Kung Fu, Hsi-Chieh Lai & Sung Pe Liu, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  • Bare Behind Bars, Oswaldo de Oliveira, Brazil
  • Killer Wears White, Tung Cho Cheung, Hong Kong
  • Kung Fu Kids Break Away, Kan Ping Yu, Taiwan
  • The Guy with Secret Kung Fu, Chi Lo, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  • Devil Hunter, Jess Franco, Spain

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Last Metro, Francois Truffaut, France
  • Loulou, Maurice Pialat, France

 

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52 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

The Blood of Hussein (1980) Jamil Demlavi, Pakistan

I could be wrong, but I don't believe that I've ever seen a Pakistani movie. I may have a horror film from there in my "to watch" stacks, though.

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32 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I could be wrong, but I don't believe that I've ever seen a Pakistani movie. I may have a horror film from there in my "to watch" stacks, though.

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The Blood of Hussein has just been released in a 3 disc blu ray/dvd edition in Britain.  Though it is well regarded I didn't care for it myself.

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My list is heavily dominated by France, but that includes drama, comedy, animation and Sophie Marceau's debut as a teen star.

  1. The Last Metro, Francois Truffaut, France
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany [EDITED]
  3. Loulou, Maurice Pialat, France
  4. Spetters, Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  5. L'Avare, Jean Girault, France
  6. La Boum, Claude Pinoteau, France
  7. La Terrazza, Ettore Scola, Italy
  8. The King and the Mockingbird, Paul Grimault, France
  9. City of Women, Federico Fellini, Italy
  10. Friday, Hugo Claus, Belgium

 

 

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1.  Berlin Alexanderplatz  Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

2.  Kagemusha  Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.  From the Life of the Marionettes  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

4.  Mon Oncle D'Amerique  Alain Resnais, France

5.  The Age of the Earth  Glauber Rocha, Brazil

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The 1980 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

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Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (1980) Vladimir Menshov, Russia ****

 

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Confidence (1980) Istvan Szabo, Hungary

 

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

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The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France

 

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The Nest (1980) Jaime de Arminan, Spain

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Nominated for the 1980 BAFTA Best Picture Award ….

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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France’s 1980 Grand Prix du Cinema Award went to …

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France

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The 1980 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award was …

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The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France

 

The 1980 winner of France’s Cesar Best Foreign Film Award was …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies 1980

Berlin Alexanderplatz  Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany #295

Kagemusha  Akira Kurosawa, Japan #448

The Age of the Earth  Glauber Rocha, Brazil  #736

Sauve qui peut (la vie)  Jean-Luc Godard, France #778

Mon Oncle D'Amerique  Alain Resnais, France #899

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies

La memoire courte  Eduardo de Gregorio, France/Belgium
Mon oncle d'Amerique  Alain Rensais, France

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The 1980 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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To Be a Millionaire (1980)Mats Arehn, Sweden

 

The 1981 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Children’s Island (1980) Kay Pollak, Sweden

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1980/81 Best Picture winners included …

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Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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The 1981 Canadian Film Award winner …

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Les Bons Debarras, Francis Mankiewicz, Canada

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The 1980 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was …

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Las Grandes Aguas (1980) Servando Gonzalez, Mexico

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The 1980 winner of Japan’s Academy Award was …

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Zigeunerweisen (1980) Seijiun Suzuki, Japan

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China’s Hundred Flowers Award for Best Picture of 1980 was …

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Legend of Tianyun Mountain (1980) Jin Xie, China

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