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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2013

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1. The Flowers of Saint Francis, Roberto Rossellini, Italy

2. La Ronde, Max Ophuls, France

3. Orpheus, Jean Cocteau, France

4. Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

5. Los Olvidados, Luis Bunuel, Mexico

6. Stromboli, Roberto Rossellini, Italy

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The 1951 Academy Awards gave an honorary award to …

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Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1951 were …

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Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1952 were …

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The White Line (1950) Luigi Zampa, Italy

The winner of the 1953 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Justice Is Done (1950) Andre Cayette, France

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The 1951 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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1. Los Olvidados - Luis Buñuel, Mexico*

1. Rashômon - Akira Kurosawa, Japan*

3. Orpheus - Jean Cocteau, France

4. Variety Lights - Federico Fellini, Italy

 

* It's impossible for me to choose between those two movies.

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The 1949/50 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Susanne (1950) Torben Anton Svendsen, Denmark

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Cafe Paradise (1950) Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen, Denmark

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In 1951 BAFTA gave this foreign film a Best Picture Award ….

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La Ronde (1950) Max Ophuls, France

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La Dama del Alba (The Lady of the Dawn). Mexico. Drama.

Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel. With Emilio Tuero, Marga López, María Douglas, Andrés Soler, Prudencia Griffell.

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Set in a small village in Andalucia, Spain, a family still mourns the death of Angélica, a young woman who drowned on her wedding day 2 years ago. A mysterious woman on a pilgrimage knocks at their door, and the family gives her shelter. The grandfather eventually figures out the woman is Death.

A well made adaptation of a stage play by Alejandro Casona, the movie retains and plays to great effect Casona's "Theatrical Poetry" that Federico García Lorca perfected.

Emilio Tuero was a Spanish actor who was always a rather bland leading man, but the rest of the cast are excellent.

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El Rey del Barrio (The King of the Neighborhood). Mexico. Comedy.

Directed by Gilberto Martínez Solares. With Germán Valdéz (Tin Tan), Silvia Pinal, Marcelo Chávez, Fanny Kauffman (Vitola).

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A railroad employee plays Robin Hood to help financially the young and beautiful woman he loves.

Unpretentious comedy that takes a jab at gangster movies, surrealism, and the heavy melodramas that were popular in those days. Fanny Kauffman singing opera and suddenly doing the mambo is one of the highlights of the movie.

Tin Tan's movies were middle- to lobrow comedies, and he always gave the audience their money's worth. El Rey del Barrio and Calabacitas Tiernas are among his best.

 

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The Berlin International Film Festival began in 1951.  This 1950 foreign language film was among the winners …

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Justice Is Done (1950) Andre Cayette, France

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11 hours ago, Arsan404 said:

La Dama del Alba (The Lady of the Dawn). Mexico. Drama.

Directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel. With Emilio Tuero, Marga López, María Douglas, Andrés Soler, Prudencia Griffell.

Emilio Tuero was a Spanish actor who was always a rather bland leading man, but the rest of the cast are excellent.

Emillio Tuero was also the original singer of Besame Mucho.

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These foreign language films won awards at the 1950 Venice Film Festival ….

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Justice Is Done (1950) Andre Cayette, France

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Tomorrow Is Too Late (1950) Leonide Moguy, Italy

This foreign language film won at the 1951 Venice Film Festival ….

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Rashomon (1950) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

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RASHOMON may not be the "greatest" Japanese film and certainly the director himself made other titles that would rank higher as critical darlings, but we can clearly see here that it was to Japanese cinema what the Beatles were to British pop music: the shot heard around the world. Sort of like Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse as well, this film landed in each international film festival dock with open arms.

Part of its success in the U.S. (with RKO even handling distribution rights when most of the majors had prior been leaving foreign imports to United Artists and the smaller companies to handle) may be due to a brand new Art House market opening in the fifties, one that absorbed both the earlier CITIZEN KANE (resembling RASHOMON with multiple characters relaying a common experience through radically different eyes and toying with the standard movie structures), the contemporary Swedish imports from Bergman utilizing eerily similar summertime forest settings and the New Wave boom post Brigitte Bardot and the over-praised HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR.

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The 1954 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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Bajaja (1950) Jiri Trnka, Czechoslovakia

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11 hours ago, CoraSmith said:

Emillio Tuero was also the original singer of Besame Mucho.

I didn't know that. When I remember Emilio Tuero as a singer, the first song that comes to mind is "Quinto Patio".

Thank you!

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The winner of the 1950 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Fall of Berlin (1950) Mikheil Chiaureli, Russia

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The German Film Awards began in 1951 for films of 1950 and the Best Picture was …

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Two Times Lotte (1950) Josef von Baky, Germany

This is an earlier version of Disney’s The Parent Trap!

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15 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

The 1954 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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Bajaja (1950) Jiri Trnka, Czechoslovakia

Forgot that one. Sadly it is hard to find on either DVD or online, unlike The Emperor's Nightingale. Almost as gruesome as Ray Harryhausen's hydra in Jason And The Argonauts.

 

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The Fall of Berlin- Soviet propaganda film about the fall of Berlin during WWII. Natasha and Alyosha are workers in a peasant village when the Germans invade. Natasha is enslaved "in German Iron" and Alyosha joins the Red Army. You can guess how the film ends with Berlin falling and the couple reuniting. A good romantic/ dramatic plot with heavy propaganda wrapped around it. As a historic sidenote, the scenes involving Beria were cut out and lost after the USSR adopted Destalinization. 

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Chronicle of a Love Affair was Michaelangelo Antonioni's first dramatic feature film.  Up until this point he had been making documentary short subjects.  Not surprisingly the film's style and cinematography (Journey to Italy's Enzo Serafin) are more captivating than the plot which is another variation of The Postman Always Rings Twice.

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1950/51 Best Picture winner was …

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First Communion (1950) Alessandro Blasetti, Italy

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The 1950 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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School of Champions (1950) Ralph Pappier, Argentina

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To Joy (1950) is another early work by Ingmar Bergman.  It is a chronicle of a relationship between two orchestra musicians.  Victor Sjostrom has a supporting role.  This and several other of Bergman's films are featured in a box set by Eclipse.  Though it has a fairly hefty price on Amazon.

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Scandal is another of Akira Kurosawa's lesser known films. Coming out the same year as Rashomon, that later film completely eclipsed it in the public eye. But Scandal isn't bad, and it features good performances. Toshiro Mifune stars as a temperamental artist who travels to a vacation spot to do some landscapes. He meets Shirley Yamaguchi, a major singing star, although Mifune doesn't know she's famous. What starts out as a romantic movie scenario changes when some paparazzi take photos of the platonic friends, and a scandal is created when they are published and assumed to be evidence of a romantic liaison. 

Mifune decides to sue the newspaper that printed the pics, and he hires attorney Takashi Shimura, who has problems of his own. The film becomes an examination of personal responsibility, journalistic ethics (which Kurosawa seems to be saying don't exist), and celebrity culture, which makes the movie relevant today.

Like the Bergman set Bogie mentioned, this film is also available in an Eclipse box-set from Criterion, and they're all available to stream on FilmStruck, as well.

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The 1950 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was ….

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Los Olvidados (1950) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

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