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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2008

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50 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the series of books edited by Steven Jay Schneider entitled 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. It's an eclectic mix of films from all over the world, from all decades, and in all genres. I like that the content isn't intended to be a "best films of all time" list, but rather a list of movies that have had some sort of significant impact on films or society in general, either in their making or boundaries broken or whatever. 

I've been trying to see them all for the past few years, actively (hunting them down) or passively (happy when one shows up on the schedule). I'm roughly 1/3 to 3/4 done with them all at this point. As with all things of this nature, you'll agree with some choices while being baffled by others, either by omission or inclusion.

All that being said, Bogie has suggested that I list the foreign language films that are included, in case anyone is interested, and as further viewing recommendations. There have been multiple editions printed (I'm not sure how many), but each time a new edition is put out, new films are included, and since the number must stay at 1001, some titles from the previous edition have to be omitted. However, thanks to the wonder of the internet, I've been able to compile a list of all of the titles that aren't in my edition. This brings the number up to 1191 movies.

Here are the films from the years that we've already covered:

The Silent Era (before 1930)

  • A Trip to the Moon (1902), Georges Melies, France
  • Les Vampires (1915), Louis Feuillade, France
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Robert Weine, Germany
  • The Phantom Carriage (1921), Victor Sjostrom, Sweden
  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Fritz Lang, Germany
  • Nosferatu (1922), F.W. Murnau, Germany
  • The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922), Germaine Dulac, France
  • Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1923), Benjamin Christensen, Denmark/Sweden
  • La Roue (1923), Abel Gance, France
  • The Last Laugh (1924), F.W. Murnau, Germany
  • Strike! (1924), Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
  • The Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, USS
  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), Lotte Reiniger & Carl Koch, Germany
  • Metropolis (1927), Fritz Lang, Germany
  • Napoleon (1927), Abel Gance, France
  • October (1927), Grigori Aleksandrov & Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Carl Theodor Dreyer, France
  • Storm Over Asia (1928), Vsevolod Pudovkin, USSR
  • Un Chien Andalou (1928), Luis Bunuel, France, short film [I'll include short films with these listings]
  • The Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Dziga Vertov, USSR
  • Pandora's Box (1929), G.W. Pabst, Germany
  • A Throw of Dice (1929), Franz Osten, Germany/India

1930

  • The Blue Angel, Josef von Sternberg, Germany
  • Earth, Aleksandr Dovzhenko, USSR
  • L'age d'Or, Luis Bunuel, France

1931

  • A nous la liberte, Rene Clair, France
  • La Chienne, Jean Renoir, France
  • Le Million, Rene Clair, France
  • Limite, Mario Peixoto, Brazil
  • M, Fritz Lang, Germany

1932

  • Boudu Saved from Drowning, Jean Renoir, France
  • Vampyr, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Germany

1933

  • Land without Bread, Luis Bunuel, Spain, short film
  • Zero for Conduct, Jean Vigo, France, short film

1934

  • The Goddess, Wu Yonggang, China
  • L'Atalante, Jean Vigo, France

1935

  • Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl, Germany

I'll continue to list them as we progress.

I own this book and the 1001 Classical Recordings book too. It's one of my go to sources for older films along with the TSPDT top 1000.

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The winner of Best Italian Film at the 1935 Venice Film Festival was ….

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Casta Diva (1935) Carmine Gallone, Italy

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**Announcement**

We will do a best of the decade poll after completing 1939.  To fit this in we may start 1938 a day early on a Friday and then 1939 on a Thursday and then move to the poll the following Wednesday/Thursday.  Once done 1940 will start on a Saturday.  My war time 1940's foreign language films are pretty thin but that's okay.

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13 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

 My war time 1940's foreign language films are pretty thin but that's okay.

Yeah, the industries were hit hard during the war. I assume when we reach the Italian neorealism and French new wave eras our lists will be a lot longer though.

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The years 1940-1942 are definitely the hardest. By the late forties it becomes much easier with the post-war rise of Italian, French and Swedish film.

I also have the book "1001", which is a very useful selection of movies from different genres throughout history. 

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My top FF films of 1936 of the 7 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Golem (1936) Julien Duvivier, France

2.  The Lower Depths (1936) Jean Renoir, France

3.  A Day In the Country (1936) Jean Renoir, France

4.  Intermezzo (1936) Gustav Molander, Sweden

5.  The Story of a Cheat (1936) Sacha Guitry, France

and I’ve also seen …

Yidl Mitn Fidl (1936) Jospeh Green, Jan-Novina Przybyiski, Poland

The Only Son (1936) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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1936

  1. Cesar, Marcel Pagnol, France
  2. The Story of a Cheat, Sacha Guitry, France
  3. The Lower Depths, Jean Renoir, France
  4. A Day in the Country, Jean Renoir, France

 

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My list of favorite foreign films for 1936-

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1.) Le Crime de Monsieur Lange, Jean Renoir, France

2.) Partie de Campagne, Jean Renoir, France

3.) By the Bluest of Seas, Boris Barnet, USSR

4.) Circus, Grigori Aleksandrov and Isidor Simkov, USSR

5.) The Only Son, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

6.) Story of a Cheat, Sacha Guitry, France

 

 

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  1. Intermezzo, Gustaf Molander, Sweden
  2. Sisters of the Gion, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  3. The Trouble with Money, Max Ophüls, Netherlands
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The 1001 Movies foreign language selections from 1936 are:

  • A Day in the Country, Jean Renoir, France
  • The Story of a Cheat, Sacha Guitry, France

 

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18 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

The 1001 Movies foreign language selections from 1936 are:

  • A Day in the Country, Jean Renoir, France
  • The Story of a Cheat, Sacha Guitry, France

 

Drole de Drame is in the French/ Belgian edition btw. Some Euro nations and Brazil have their own editions of the book where a few movies are switched out with local movies. 

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073819200/?sort=list_order,asc&st_dt=&mode=detail&page=2

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1 minute ago, Gershwin fan said:

Drole de Drame is in the French/ Belgian edition btw. Some Euro nations and Brazil have their own editions of the book where a few movies are switched out with local movies. 

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073819200/?sort=list_order,asc&st_dt=&mode=detail&page=2

Oh, I didn't know about the foreign editions. If you notice any missing titles in the future, please feel free to add them on here. Thanks!

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1. The Story of a Cheat, Sacha Guitry, France

2. The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Jean Renoir, France

3. The Only Son, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

4. By the Bluest of Seas, Boris Barnet, Soviet Union

5. Cesar, Marcel Pagnol, France

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10 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

Oh, I didn't know about the foreign editions. If you notice any missing titles in the future, please feel free to add them on here. Thanks!

So far from the foreign editions-

1924 - Gosta Berlings Saga, Mauritz Stiller,(Swedish edition)

1931 - Dafnis Kai Hloi, Orestis Laskos (Greek edition)

Hyppolit a Lakaj, Istvan Szekely (Hungarian edition)

Limite, Mario Peixoto (Brazilian edition) (This one was later included in the US edition too)

1937 - Drole de Drame, Marcel Carne (French edition)

Pensionat Paradiset, Weyler Hildebrand (Swedish edition)

Juha, Nyrki Tapiovaara (Finnish edition)

Some of these are available online but others are very hard to find.

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Also Lawrence - the movie Antonia's Line that is premiering on TCM on February 13th is in the Dutch/ Flemish edition of this book. Just thought you should know. 

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Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1936 were …

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Generation of Victors (1936) Vera Stroyeva, Russia

The winner of the 1937 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Mayerling (1936) Anatole Litvak, France

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Intermezzo is a romantic drama by Gustaf Molander. It was a breakthrough for Ingrid Bergman, who would star in the American remake three years later. The title has a double meaning: intermezzo can be a musical term, but it can also refer to a brief relationship. It's about a violinist (Gösta Ekman) who takes a married piano teacher with him on an international concert tour.

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Sisters of the Gion (Gion No Shimai) by Kenji Mizoguchi has two geishas as the leading characters. They are sisters. Gion is the geisha district in Kyoto. The traditions of Japan are shown. The two sisters complain how hard life is for a geisha. They always have to obey without thinking of their own happiness.

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The Trouble with Money (Komedie om Geld) is a Dutch comedy by Max Ophüls. This German Jew fled to France in 1933 and later to the USA, but he has also made this comedy in the Netherlands. A loyal bank clerk loses a briefcase with a huge amount of cash. They suspect him of thefth.

 

When he finally finds the briefcase back the bank refuses to accept the money, because they have already been payed by the insurance company.

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29 minutes ago, CoraSmith said:

 

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When he finally finds the briefcase back the bank refuses to accept the money, because they have already been payed by the insurance company.

Thanks for the post Cora.  Aside from that I have never seen this 'Hidden Contents' feature before!

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2 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

Thanks for the post Cora.  Aside from that I have never seen this 'Hidden Contents' feature before!

I was surprised myself. I just typed SPOILER between square brackets and everything after became hidden.

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The National Board of Review 1936 top foreign language films included ….

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The Sailors of Kronstadt/We Are From Kronstadt (1936) Efi Dzigan, Russia

Son of Mongolia (1936) Ilya Trauberg, Russia

The National Board of Review 1937 top foreign language films included ….

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The Lower Depths (1936) Jean Renoir, France

Mayerling (1936) Anatole Litvak, France

Janosik (1936) Martin Fric, Czechoslovakia

The National Board of Review 1938 top foreign language films included ….

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Generals Without Buttons (1936) Jacques Daroy, France

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These foreign language films won awards at the 1936 Venice Film Festival ….

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Lo Squadrone Bianco (1936) Augusto Ganina, Italy

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The Emperor of California (1936) Luis Trenker, Germany

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So far my top film of 1936 is a pretty good monster film, Le Golem by Julien Duvivier of France.  It of course is a remake of the 1920 German silent (and several others) featuring Paul Wegener.  The real attraction of the 1936 version is the performance by Harry Baur as Emperor Rudolph II of Prague.  Naturally the tyrannical ruler gets his comeuppance.

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Yidl Mitn Fidl (1936) Jospeh Green, Jan-Novina Przybyiski, Poland

If memory serves this film came to my attention by reading Leonard Maltin's film guide.  I think I rented a vhs copy to view it.  Unfortunately I didn't rate it as highly as he did.

It's story is interesting.  A musical Yiddish family is evicted from their home and must hit the road.  For her safety, the daughter is disguised as a boy named Yidi.  Not Yentl ... Yidi.

By the way, the play Yentl the Yeshiva Boy which the film Yentl (1983) was based came out in 1975.

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Circus, Grigori Alexandrov, USSR

Another "Soviet Hollywood" musical by Grigori Alexandrov. In this one an American actress named Marion Dixon (parody of Marlene Dietrich) gives birth to an out of wedlock African-American child and has to leave the US with a lynch mob on her tail. She escapes to Russia with a German conman who threatens to expose her to everyone if she doesn't obey him. Eventually he gets fed up and exposes her but the Soviet people tell them they don't support racism like in Germany and the US and sing a lullaby to the child and the woman marches along happily. This one has good production values and the progressive anti-racism message is in stark contrast to the kind of movies you saw coming out of Germany and America in this time period.

Recreation of an American lynch mob in the movie

 

Lullaby of different peoples of the USSR

Historical sidenote: during the brief state enforced anti-semitism campaign of the USSR during the 1950s the Yiddish lyrics were edited out.

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My top FF films of 1937 of the 5 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

2.  Pepe Le Moko (1937) Julien Duvivier, France

3.  The Late Mathias Pascal (1937) Pierre Chenal, France

4.  Il Signor Max (1937) Mario Camerini, Italy

5.  Drole de Drame (1937) Marcel Carne, France

 
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