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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films Up to 2015

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  1. La Strada, Federico Fellini, Italy
  2. Sansho the Bailiff, Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan
  3. Godzilla, Ishiro Honda, Japan
  4. Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  5. A Lesson in Love, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  6. Twenty-Four Eyes, Keisuke Konoshita, Japan
  7. The Sheep Has Five Legs, Henri Verneuil, France

This is clearly the peak year for Japan, although I still have an Italian winner.

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The 1955 Academy Awards gave an honorary award to …

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Samurai 1: The Legend of Musashi (1954) Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

The 1957 Academy Awards for 1956 films introduced the Foreign Language Film Category.  It’s winner was …

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La Strada (1954) Federico Fellini, Italy

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The winner of the 1956 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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La Strada (1954) Federico Fellini, Italy

Nominated for the 1955 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film was …

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Letters From My Windmill (1954) Marcel Pagnol, France

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Samurai 1: The Legend of Musashi (1954) Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

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28 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

Nominated for the 1956 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Samurai 1: The Legend of Musahi (1954) Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

I have to ask, since this is the second posting using this title, where it came from. Every copy I've ever seen, including both the DVD and now the Blu-Ray that I own, has the title as Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto. Even the original Japanese title was Miyamoto Musashi. I see where one of the alternate title on IMDb includes "The Legend part, but not the misspelling of his name. I bring this up since Mushashi Miyamoto in one of the great cultural heroes of Japan, part fact and part legend, perhaps comparable to Robin Hood in England or Wyatt Earp in America, in lasting impact if not deeds and personality. It's not a big deal, it's just odd, like seeing a movie about Robin Hood entitled The Legend of Robby.

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13 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I have to ask, since this is the second posting using this title, where it came from. Every copy I've ever seen, including both the DVD and now the Blu-Ray that I own, has the title as Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto. Even the original Japanese title was Miyamoto Musashi. I see where one of the alternate title on IMDb includes "The Legend part, but not the misspelling of his name. I bring this up since Mushashi Miyamoto in one of the great cultural heroes of Japan, part fact and part legend, perhaps comparable to Robin Hood in England or Wyatt Earp in America, in lasting impact if not deeds and personality. It's not a big deal, it's just odd, like seeing a movie about Robin Hood entitled The Legend of Robby.

My notation of this film (discounting the spelling mistake) came from a book of the Oscar winners and nominees which predates the imdb and dvds.

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12 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

My notation of this film (discounting the spelling mistake) came from a book of the Oscar winners and nominees which predates the imdb and dvds.

Oh, okay...then the "Musahi" was just a typo? That explains it! 

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The 1954 National Board of Review Best Foreign Language Film was …

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Sansho the Bailiff (1954) Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan

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The Belgium Film Critics Association Awards of the Grand Prix de Union de la critique de Cinema began in the early 1950’s.  In 1955 it awarded this 1954 film Best Picture …

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Neapolitan Carousel (1954) Ettore Giannini, Italy

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The 1954 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Awards went to …

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Barrio Gris (1954) Mario Soffici, Argentina

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The Bastard (1954) Lucas Demere, Argentina

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1. La Strada. Federico Fellini. Italy.

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2. Seven Samurai. Akira Kurosawa. Japan.

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3. Journey To Italy. Roberto Rossellini. Italy.*

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5. Godzilla. Ichiro Honda. Japan.

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Ernst Thalmann - Son of his Class - Really good East German biography of Ernst Thalmann beginning with his early years. It starts with Thalmann and Luxemburg during the failed Spartacist Revolution. After he hears that Luxemburg was murdered, Thalmann vows revenge and fights the Freikorps and Social Democrats. He continues the fight but the first film ends with his weapons being stolen by the enemies and the revolution a failure. This is a really good dramatization of events with vivid color and good cinematography. It is like an East German "epic" film with many staged battles and a retelling of events. I recommend it.

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Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Film Journalists 1954/55 Best Picture winner was …

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La Strada (1954) Federico Fellini, Italy

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The 1955 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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La Strada (1954) Federico Fellini, Italy

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The winners of the 1954 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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Twenty Four Eyes (1954) Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan

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The 1954 German Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Canaris Master Spy (1954) Alfred Weidenmann, Germany

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I removed Escuela de Vagabundos from my list because I found out today that it was released in 1955.

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Adventure in Marienstadt - First Polish film in color and also a pretty good musical. Hanka is a rural bricklayer who moves to postwar Warsaw and falls in love with Jan. She wishes to prove to Jan that women can make good bricklayers too. Overall it's a good film and the music is very catchy and optimistic. 

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The 1954 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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The Sheep Has Five Legs (1954) Henri Verneuil, France

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Wild Fruit (1954) Herve Bromberger, France

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The San Sebastian Film Festival began in 1954 and this foreign language film was the winner …

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Cursed Mountain (1954) Antonio del Amo, Spain

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After seeing Luis Bunuel's 1953 classic El with Arturo de Cordova I was looking forward to seeing what he had done with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1954).

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There is no problem transplanting the story from the English moors to Mexico but the film itself on first viewing seemed to be nothing more than a straight forward melodrama.  I have no idea how much time and money Bunuel had for the project.  The story seems like a perfect fit for Bunuel.  A man with a  great obsession.

There was a moment of sheer kinky Bunuel humour and that is when Alejandro/Heathcliff throws himself into Catalina's/Cathy's grave and cannot bring himself to part with the corpse.  As far as I know this was the first version to show this part of the story.  In Yoshishige Yoshida's 1988 Japanese remake the Heathcliff character travels about the country with the corpse!

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5 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

The San Sebastian Film Festival began in 1954 and this foreign language film was the winner …

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Cursed Mountain (1954) Antonio del Amo, Spain

I haven't watched this movie in ages! Thanks for including it in this thread.

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4 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

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After seeing Luis Bunuel's 1953 classic El with Arturo de Cordova I was looking forward to seeing what he had done with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1954).

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There is no problem transplanting the story from the English moors to Mexico but the film itself on first viewing seemed to be nothing more than a straight forward melodrama.  I have no idea how much time and money Bunuel had for the project.  The story seems like a perfect fit for Bunuel.  A man with a  great obsession.

There was a moment of sheer kinky Bunuel humour and that is when Alejandro/Heathcliff throws himself into Catalina's/Cathy's grave and cannot bring himself to part with the corpse.  As far as I know this was the first version to show this part of the story.  In Yoshishige Yoshida's 1988 Japanese remake the Heathcliff character travels about the country with the corpse!

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I agree that Buñuel could have done a lot more with the story, but he was probably commissioned to make the movie, and therefore he didn't have as much freedom as with other assignments.

He made a much better movie the next year.

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The co-winner of the 1954 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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True Friends (1954) Mikhail Kalatozov, Russia

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The Asia Pacific Film Festival began in 1954.  It’s venue changes from city to city each year.  The 1954 winner was …

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Golden Demon (1954) Koji Shima, Japan

The 1955 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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The Story of Shunkin (1954) Daisuke Ito, Japan

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The Gold of Naples is an anthology film by Vittorio De Sica.  Two of its six chapters are absolutely brilliant.  One of my favourites features a young Sophia Loren who makes pizza in a small hole-in-the-wall shop with her short, dumpy husband.  For good reason it is one of the most popular stops for young men in Naples ...

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The other chapter of note may be Vittorio De Sica's finest bit of screen acting.  He plays a Count who lives with this mother.  The butler frisks him before he goes out of the apartment for the day as he usually tries to take something to pawn for his gambling habit.  So bad is this habit that he has enlisted the doorman to drag his young son away from his friends so he can play cards with him.  And the kid is a shark.

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