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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2013

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My list of favorite foreign films of 1937 -

1.) Grande Illusion, Jean Renoir, France

2.) Un Carnet de Bal, Julien Duvivier, France

3.) Green Fields, Edgar G. Ulmer and Jacob Ben-Ami, USA

4.) Pepe Le Moko, Julien Duvivier, France

5.) Drole de Drame, Marcel Carne, France

6.) Lenin in October, Mikhail Romm and Dmitri Vasilyev, USSR

7.) Peter the First, Vladimir Petrov, USSR

I have also seen the photo still recreation of Sergei Eisenstein's Bezhin Lug that is available on YouTube. 

Also how do I make my titles in bold?

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11 minutes ago, Gershwin fan said:

 

Also how do I make my titles in bold?

Highlight the words and then click on the 'B' in the top left tool bar.  Alternatively, highlight the words and use command-B.

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  1. La Grande Illusion, Jean Renoir, France
  2. Pépé le Moko, Julien Duvivier, France
  3. Pygmalion, Ludwig Berger, Netherlands
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Here are the 1001 Movies foreign-language entries for 1937 that I'm aware of:

  • Song at Midnight aka Midnight Song, Weibang Ma-Xu, China
  • Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir, France
  • Pepe le Moko, Julien Duvivier, France

I've seen all of the entries from the beginning through the early 1950's, with the exception of one British movie from 1943, so these lists will resemble my own listings for the next several years of films.

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43 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

Here are the 1001 Movies foreign-language entries for 1937 that I'm aware of:

  • Song at Midnight aka Midnight Song, Weibang Ma-Xu, China
  • Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir, France
  • Pepe le Moko, Julien Duvivier, France

I've seen all of the entries from the beginning through the early 1950's, with the exception of one British movie from 1943, so these lists will resemble my own listings for the next several years of films.

From the foreign additions. These titles are available in the foreign additions of this book-

1.) Pensionat Paradiset, Weyler Hildebrand (Swedish edition)

2.) Juha, Nyrki Tapiovaara (Finnish edition)

3.) Drôle de Drame, Marcel Carne (France edition)

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1. Grand Illusion, Jean Renoir, France

2. Humanity and Paper Balloons, Sadao Yamanka, Japan

3. Street Angel, Yuan Muzhi, China

4. Pearls of the Crown, Sacha Guitry, France

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The 1938 Academy Awards saw the first foreign language film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  It was …

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Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

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Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1937 were …

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Baltic Deputy (1937) Iosif Khefitis, Aleksandr Zarkhi, Russia

The winner of the 1938 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

The winner of the 1939 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Harvest/Regain (1937) Marcel Pagnol, France

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

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A Daughter of the Samurai (1937) Arnold Fanck, Mansaku Itami, Japan [which makes you think that the imdb has the release date wrong]

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

Baltic Deputy (1937) Iosif Khefitis, Aleksandr Zarkhi, Russia

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The Spanish Earth (1937) Joris Ivens, USA [this had various international versions]

The winner of the 1938 National Board of Review Best Foreign language film was ….

Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

Other nominees were …

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Un Carnet de Bal (1937) Julien Duvivier, France

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Peter the First (1937) Vladimir Petrov, Russia

The National Board of Review 1939 top foreign language films included ….

Harvest/Regain (1937) Marcel Pagnol, France

The winner of the 1941 National Board of Review Best Foreign language film was ….

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Pepe Le Moko (1937) Julien Duvivier, France

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A forgotten film star is Lily Bouwmeester from the Netherlands. Here you see her as the flower girl Elisa Doeluttel in the Dutch adaptation of G. B. Shaw's Pygmalion, before her transformation into a fair lady. Johan de Meester played professor Higgins.

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1937 foreign film was …

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Pepe Le Moko (1937) Julien Duvivier, France

Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1938 foreign film was …

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Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

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The Late Mathias Pascal (1937) by Pierre Chenal, France is a remake of Feu Mathias Pascal (1926) by Marcel L'Herbier.  The silent version has been on TCM.  I found it a bit of a slog but then I prefer to see silents in a theatre.  The story in both involves a hen-pecked husband who is under the thumb of his live-in mother-in-law.  He hits the road and soon his clothes are stolen by a vagrant who later drowns.  The authorities find identification on the body and pronounce it that of Mathias Pascal.  When Mathias receives this news he takes the opportunity to start a new life.  He wins a fortune at Monte Carlo and meets a girl.  But of course complications arise.

What set this version apart from its predecessor was the performance of Pierre Blanchar who is perfect as the innocent who drifts along as fate would have it.  There is perhaps something Chaplinesque about his character.  Isa Miranda co-stars.

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Il Signor Max (1937) by Mario Camerini is an Italian Telefoni Blanchi comedy starring a young Vittorio De Sica.  It is essentially a mistaken identity film.  De Sica owns a modest news stand but has a rich friend who loans him his luggage (with his embossed name) to go on a cruise.  De Sica falls in with the jet set and tags along with them through Europe.  Will he have the sense to see that it is the travelling maid who will be his true love?

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These foreign language films won awards at the 1937 Venice Film Festival ….

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Scipione L’Africano (1937) Carmine Gallone, Italy

Un Carnet de Bal (1937) Julien Duvivier, France

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Lenin in October - Film about Lenin's activities immediately up to and following the October Revolution. Stalin had a prominent role in this movie but was edited out in the post-Stalinist era.

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Peter the Great - Film about Peter the Great's war with Sweden. Decent historical film from that era.

Bezhin Lug - This one is a photo still recreation (I hope the original turns up someday). It's a retelling of the story of Pavel Morotzov - a kid who tries to stop his reactionary father from destroying Soviet buildings and equipment. One of the most famous lost films the still recreation is worth a watch.

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On 2/18/2018 at 12:06 AM, Bogie56 said:

The 1938 Academy Awards saw the first foreign language film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  It was …

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Grand Illusion (1937) Jean Renoir, France

I actually had to watch this movie and write an essay for a college English class, but there were no snacks or extra credit.

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We're getting a bit of a jump on 1938 in order to fit in an end of the decade review.

My top FF films of 1938 of the 8 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Alexander Nevsky (1938) Sergei Eisenstein, Russia

2.  La Bete Humaine (1938) Jean Renoir, France

3.  Mollenard/Hatred (1938) Robert Siodmak, France

4.  The Baker’s Wife (1938) Marcel Pagnol, France

5.  Port of Shadows (1938) Marcel Carne, France

6.  A Woman’s Face (1938) Gustaf Molander, Sweden

and I’ve also seen …

Dollar (1938) Gustaf Molander, Sweden

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My list for 1938-

1.) Alexander Nevsky, Sergei Eisenstein, USSR

2.) Volga- Volga, Grigory Aleksandrov, USSR

3.) The Country Bride, Ivan Pyryev, USSR

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From the foreign additions of the 1001 Movies book there are two movies on the Finnish edition's list-

1.) Varastettu Kuolema (Stolen Death), Nyrki Tapiovaara (Finnish Edition)

2.) Niskavuoren Naiset (Women of Niskavouri), Valentin Vaala (Finnish Edition)

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4 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

From the foreign additions of the 1001 Movies book there are two movies on the Finnish edition's list-

1.) Varastettu Kuolema (Stolen Death), Nyrki Tapiovaara (Finnish Edition)

2.) Niskavuoren Naiset (Women of Niskavouri), Valentin Vaala (Finnish Edition)

These can be added to:

  • Olympia, Leni Riefenstahl, Germany
  • The Baker's Wife, Marcel Pagnol, France
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Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1938 were …

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Professor Mamlok (1938) Adolf Minkin, Gerbert Rappaport, Russia

The winner of the 1940 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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The Baker’s Wife (1938) Marcel Pagnol, France

Other nominees were …

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Hotel du Nord (1938) Marcel Carne, France

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  1. Hôtel du Nord, Marcel Carné, France
  2. La Bête humaine, Jean Renoir, France
  3. Alexander Nevsky, Sergei Eisenstein, USSR
  4. Olympia, Leni Riefenstahl, Germany
  5. Port of Shadows, Marcel Carné, France
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1. The Childhood of Maxim Gorky, Mark Donskoi, Soviet Union

2. La Marseillaise, Jean Renoir, France

3. Alexander Nevsky, Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union

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