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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2016

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The winner of the 1947 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Paris 1900 (1947) Nicole Vedres, France

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The Bodil awards given by the Danish Film Critics Association began in 1948 for films of 1947.  The Best Picture Award went to …

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Jenny and the Soldier (1947) Johan Jacobsen, Denmark

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La Perla (T h e Pearl). Directed by Emilio Fernandez, wit h Pedro Armendariz and Maria Elena Marques.

Excellent adaptation of t h e Jo h n Steinbeck s h ort novel, featuring one of Maria Elena marques best performances. T h e expressive cinematography is by Gabriel Figueroa.

 

note: I wanted to a more descriptive review of t h is movie, but my keyboard is revolting; I can't type accents, and t h e spacebar and t h e letter h are demanding to renegotiate their contracts.

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These foreign language films won awards at the 1947 Venice Film Festival ….

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The Pearl (1947) Emilio Fernandez, Mexico

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Tragic Hunt (1947) Giuseppe De Santis, Italy

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The Strike (1947) Karel Stekly, Czechoslovakia

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Flesh Will Surrender (1947) Alberto Lattuada, Italy

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The Locarno International Film Festival began in 1946 and its best film award went to Rene Clair’s American film, And Then There Were None (1945).

The 1947 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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Man About Town (1947) Rene Clair, France

 
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The 1947 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Albeniz (1947) Luis Cesar Amadori, Argentina

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On 4/30/2018 at 7:35 AM, Bogie56 said:

The winner of the 1947 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Paris 1900 (1947) Nicole Vedres, France

This is one of those forgotten documentaries that had a big influence in its day, the English version narrated by Monty Woolley. As mentioned in the poster, the year 1900 is not the only one documented. The material stretches to 1914.

During the thirties, each of the major Hollywood studios had a short subject series culling nostalgic material from mostly defunct rival movie companies like Edison and Vitagraph; examples include Warner Bros.-Vitaphone's "Pepper Pots", Paramount's "Screen Souvenirs" and Fox Movietone's "Tintypes". Most successful of all was RKO's "Flicker Flashbacks" which began a decade later and was still going strong when Paris 1900 was released U.S. side. These took on a more comic approach, alternating between old D.W. Griffith melodramas given funny narration to classic shots of Teddy Roosevelt and other famous figures presented more seriously and nostalgically.

Right after this feature's release in the U.S., Robert Youngson started his landmark 1948-1956 series for Warner Bros. (and this is certainly worthy of a Warner Archive DVD release) and he took it a level further. He too was involved with a feature, although Fifty Years Before Your Eyes (1950) may never get aired due to some dated material covering the war years that wasn't flattering towards the Japanese. NBC later recycled even some of Youngson's material for such shows as Project XX: The Innocent Years (1957), which could easily be re-titled "United States 1900-1917".

One could also see a very distinctive family-line from Paris 1900 to Alex de Renzy's History Of The Blue Movie (1970).

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Of the few foreign language films that I have seen from 1947, Maurice Cloche's Monsieur Vincent is my favourite. It traces part of the life of the 17th century priest, later to be a saint as he advocates for the poor in upper class circles during the black death plague.  Pierre Fresnay who takes the part was in my top ten list of best performances by an actor.  Second to that accomplishment, he won the Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival!   Fresnay delicately balances passion for his cause with diplomacy.

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Woman without a Face (Kvinna utan Ansikte) is a Swedish drama by Gustaf Molander, with a scenario by Molander and Ingmar Bergman. It's influenced by film noir, with use of shadows, smoke, rain, mirrors and a bar where the pianist plays Cole Porter. Rut (Gunn Wållgren), dressed in black, is the femme fatale who seduces a married man, Martin (Alf Kjellin). He even deserts the army for her. Martin's story is told in flashback by Ragnar (Stig Olin), a friend who meets him in the bar. This little known film was a surprise to me, with its dark atmosphere, focus on psychology, and subjects that would have been taboo under the Hays Code.

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"It could have been, Rut. It could also have been someone else."

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The 1947 winner of Mexico’s Ariel Best Picture Award was ….

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The Pearl (1947) Emilio Fernandez, Mexico

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Japan’s Mainichi Film Awards 1947 Best Picture winner was …

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Once More (1947) Heinosuke Gosho, Japan

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The Last Stage - Polish film by Jakubowska, depicting her life in Auschwitz during WWII. A young girl works as a translator and helps the resistance. She is caught and sentenced to die but manages to escape. Another dying prisoner gives her a knife and she fights for herself. She hears planes and realizes the camp is about to be liberated. This was an okay film but the idea was done much better with movies like Schindler's List.

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Antoine et Antoinette (1947) Jacques Becker, France.  I saw this film a few years ago as part of a Jacques Becker retrospective at the BFI in London.  The story involves a young attractive couple who are living in a tenement and struggling to make ends meet.  He wins the lottery but loses the ticket.  She is being hit on by the grocer across the street who is only too willing to give her a little of this and that for free.  Noel Roquevert plays the grocer (see below).

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**Announcement**

1948 will begin tomorrow, Friday May 4 and run until next Wednesday.  1949 will start on that Thursday, May 10 and run for about 6 days which will give us some time to do our best of the decade review before commencing the 50's.

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My top FF films of 1948 of the 7 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

2.  Drunken Angel (1948) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.  La Tera Trema (1948) Luchino Visconti, Italy

4.  Port of Call (1948) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

5.  Music In Darkness (1948) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6.  Eva (1948) Gustaf Molander, Sweden

and I’ve also seen …

Les Parents Terrible (1948) Jean Cocteau, France

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My list-

1.  Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

2.  La Tera Trema (1948) Luchino Visconti, Italy

3.) Germany, Year Zero (1948) Roberto Rosselini, Italy

4.) Border Street (1948) Aleksander Ford, Poland

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1948

  1. Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  2. Drunken Angel, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  3. Spring in a Small Town, Mu Fei, China

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  • Spring in a Small Town, Mu Fei, China
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43 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

1948

  1. Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  2. Drunken Angel, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  3. Spring in a Small Town, Mu Fei, China

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

  • Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  • Spring in a Small Town, Mu Fei, China

And the Greek Edition has the Germans Strike Again, Alekos Sakellarios 

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  1. Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  2. Le Coeur sur la Main, André Berthomieu, France
  3. Spring in a Small Town, Fei Mu, China 
  4. La Terra Trema, Luchino Visconti, Italy
  5. Little Black Angels, Joselito Rodríguez, Mexico
  6. Germany Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini, Italy
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The 1949 Academy Awards gave an honorary award to …

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Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

 
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The winner of the 1949 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Other New York Film Critics Foreign Film nominees for 1949 were …

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The Affair Blum (1948) Erich Engel, Germany

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The Last Stop (1948) Wanda Jakubowska, Poland

The winner of the 1950 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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The Ways of Love (1948) Marcel Pagnol, Jean Renoir, Roberto Rossellini, Italy [this anthology film included Renoir’s 1936 film A Day In the Country, Pagnol’s 1934 film Jofroi and Rossellini’s 1948 film L’Amore]  The actual release date in the U.S. was 1950.

 
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1. The Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio de Sica, Italy

2.  Germany, Year Zero, Roberto Rossellini, Italy

3.  A Hen in the Wind, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

4. L'Amore, Roberto Rossellini, Italy

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The 1949 National Board of Review Best Picture of the year was …

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Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

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The winner of the 1948 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The Spice of Life (1948) Jean Dreville, France

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The 1948 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Stot Star den Danske Somand (1948) Bodil Ipsen, Lau Lauritzen, Denmark

The 1950 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Bicycle Thieves (1948) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

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