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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films of all time

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1959/60 Best Picture winner was …

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The Great War (1959) Mario Monicelli, Italy

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The 1959 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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The Holy Island (1959) Debaki Bose, India

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 1.  The World of Apu  Satyajit Ray, India

 2.  The 400 Blows  Francois Truffaut, France

 3.  Pickpocket  Robert Bresson, France

 4.  Hiroshima Mon Amour Alain Resnais, France

 5.  India  Roberto Rossellini, Italy

 6.  Moi, Un Noir Jean Rouch, France

 7.  Ballad of a Soldier  Grigori Chukhrai, Soviet Union

 8.  The Letter Never Sent  Mikhali Kalatozov, Soviet Union

 9.  The Tiger of Eschnapur  Fritz Lang, West Germany

10.  Black Orpheus  Marcel Camus, Brazil/France/Italy

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The 1959 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Films …

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The 400 Blows (1959) Francois Truffaut, France ****

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Black Orpheus (1959) Marcel Camus, Brazil

The 1960 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Films …

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Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) Alain Resnais, France ****

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General Della Rovere (1959) Robert Rossellini, Italy

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The World of Apu (1959) Satyajit Ray, India

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The 1960 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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The World of Apu (1959) Satyajit Ray, India

The 1961 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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The Bridge (1959) Bernhard Wicki, Germany

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1959 foreign film was …

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The 400 Blows (1959) Francois Truffaut, France

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies for 1959

The 400 Blows  Francois Truffaut, France #25

Pickpocket  Robert Bresson, France #81

Hiroshima Mon Amour  Alain Resnais, France #112

The World of Apu  Satyajit Ray,  India #288

The Virgin Spring  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden #726

Kaagaz Ke Phool  Guru Dutt, India #727

Black Orpheus  Marcel Camus, Brazil #849

India:  Matri Bhumi  Roberto Rossellini, Italy #941

Floating Weeds  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan #944

The Indian Tomb  Fritz Lang, West Germany #984

 

Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies 1959

L'avventura   Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
*Breathless   Jean-Luc Godard, France
The 400 Blows  Francois Truffaut, France
Good Morning  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
*Hiroshima Mon Amour  Alain Resnais, France
The Magician  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
Nazarin  Luis Bunuel, Spain
Pickpocket  Robert Bresson, France
Purple Noon  Rene Clement, France
La testament d'Orphee  Jean Cocteau, France
*The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb  Fritz Lang, West Germany

An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100 movies.  Dates are not exact for either category.

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The 1959 Belgium Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959) Alain Resnais, France

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I've seen Bernhard Wicki's The Bridge a number of times.  It just happened to show up on late night television in Toronto when I was a teen.  It is the story of a bunch of teenage German army recruits in the waning days of WWII when their army is in retreat.  They are given an inconsequential task of guarding a village bridge that is of little military significance.  One night the army abandons the village but the recruits fail to get the order.  Hence they make a stand against the advancing Allied forces.

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I wouldn't be at all surprised if the end set-piece of Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) drew its inspiration from The Bridge.  And without a doubt this film lead to Darryl F. Zanuck hiring Berhard Wicki to direct the German sequences in The Longest Day (1962),

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Night Train by Poland's Jerzy Kawalerowicz starts with a man who is seeking seclusion having to share his compartment with a beautiful woman.  Mid journey the train makes an unexpected stop to let the police board to look for a murderer.   The film explores many other characters aboard the train.  Zbigniew Cybulski has a small part as a young man who has just been jilted by his lover.  I quite enjoyed this one.

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The 1959 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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The Fall (1959) Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentina.

Nilsson's films of the 1950's and 1960's drew critical praise around the world.  Now it is almost impossible to find subtitled copies of his films.

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The Punch Bowl - The Punch Bowl follows the adventures and misadventures of the Lehmann family after the family patriarch Wilhelm Lehmann is scheduled to receive a Banner der Arbeit (Banner of Labor) medal for his leadership of the Grünefeld Chemical Plant. At first, his family tell him they are too busy to attend but eventually they all decide to follow through and surprise their father when he receives his award. This one was pretty nice and is sometimes shown in German countries during the new Year's holidays as that is when it is set.

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Santa Claus - This one was on the TV last Christmas and I decided to watch it. It's an extremely cheesy movie about Santa delivering presents to kids in Mexico City while Satan tries to stop him. Of course, Santa wins in the end. The effects are really low quality and I also think I saw a dubbed version of this movie riffed on MST3K once. 

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The 1958/59 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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A Stranger Knocks (1959) Johan Jacobsen, Denmark

The 1959 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Vi er Allesammen Tossede (1959) Sven Methling, Denmark

The 1959 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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The 400 Blows (1959) Francois Truffaut, France

The 1960 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Ballad of a Soldier (1959) Grigori Chukrai, Russia

The 1960 Danish Bodil Award for Best Non-European Picture went to …

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Nazarin (1959) Luis Bunuel, Mexico

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1959/60 Best Picture winner was …

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General Della Rovere (1959) Robert Rossellini, Italy.

Messemer's role is like a dress rehearsal for his Colonel Von Luger in The Great Escape (1963).

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The 1959 winner of the Japan Blue Ribbon and Mainichi Awards was …

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Kiku to Isamu (1959) Tadashi Imai

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The Winner of the 1959 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Les Cousins (1959) Claude Chabrol, France

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El Lazarillo de Tormes (1959) Cesar Fernandez Ardavin, Spain.

From what I have seen of this film it looks fantastic.

 
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3 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

The Winner of the 1959 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Les Cousins (1959) Claude Chabrol, France

The Winner of the 1960 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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El Lazarillo de Tormes (1959) Cesar Fernandez Ardavin, Spain.

From what I have seen of this film it looks fantastic.

 

It is a very good movie, based on the classic novel that we had to read in Junior High. Marco Paoletti (dubbed) plays Lázaro, a young waif who works for several masters, none of them a model citizen, so he resorts to his own wits to survive.

Marco Paoletti gives a good, natural performance, and Carlos Casarivilla is excellent as the Blind Man.

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The Winner of the 1959 Cannes Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Black Orpheus (1959) Marcel Camus, Brazil

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These foreign language films won at the 1959 Venice Film Festival ….

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General Della Rovere (1959) Robert Rossellini, Italy

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The Great War (1959) Mario Monicelli, Italy

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The 1961 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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Fires on the Plain (1959) Kon Ichikawa

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959) Roger Vadim, France is a modernization of the Choderlos de Lacios novel with Gerard Philipe and Jeanne Moreau.  I found it a bit underwhelming but apparently it made a bit of international splash for its nudity and suggestion of love with a 16 year-old girl.  Philipe died shortly after the film's release and Moreau, well ...it was her international showcase.

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I'm playing a little catch-up with this one.  The San Francisco International Film Festival began in 1957 and its first best picture winner was Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray, India.  In 1958 the winner was The House Under the Rocks (1958) Karoly Makk, Gyorgy Hintsch, Hungary.

The 1959 San Francisco International Film Festival Best Picture winner was …

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General Della Rovere (1959) Robert Rossellini, Italy

The 1960 San Francisco International Film Festival Best Picture winner was …

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Ballad of a Soldier (1959) Grigori Chukrai, Russia

I wouldn't normally cover this kind of sub-category but GershwinFan mentioned seeing it and it has a curious 2.5 imdb rating.  I watched a bit of it on youtube and thought it extremely ****ed-up!  Winner of the 1959 San Francisco International Film Festival Best International Family Film was …

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Santa Claus (1959) Rene Cardona, Mexico

In Mexiscope no less!

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The Moscow International Film Festival began in 1959 and awarded this foreign language film … 

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The Destiny of a Man (1959) Sergei Bondarchuk, Russia

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I wouldn't normally cover this kind of sub-category but GershwinFan mentioned seeing it and it has a curious 2.5 imdb rating.  I watched a bit of it on youtube and thought it extremely ****ed-up!  Winner of the 1959 San Francisco International Film Festival Best International Family Film was …

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Santa Claus (1959) Rene Cardona, Mexico

In Mexiscope no less!

Oddly enough, I think I've seen this.  Remember when small towns used to have movie theaters?  And remember when those theaters had Saturday matinees?  Well I may have seen this as a child.

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The winner of the 1960 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best International Picture was ….

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The Bridge (1959) Bernhard Wicki, Germany

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