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This film won the Jury Prize at the 1995 Montreal World Film Festival …


The Mussulman (1995) Vladimir Khotinenko, Russia


This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1995 Montreal World Film Festival …


Water Child (1995) Robert Menard, Canada


This film won the Most Popular Film Prize at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival …


Don’t Die Without Telling Me Where You’re Going (1995) Eliseo Subiela, Argentina

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This film won the People’s Choice Award at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival …


Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands


This film won the Metro Media Award at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival …


La Ceremonie (1995) Claude Chabrol, France


This film won the International Critics Prize at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival …


Eggs (1995) Bent Hamer, Norway

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The winner of the 1995 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …


Little Sister (1995) Robert Jan Westdijk, the Netherlands


The winner of the 1996 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …


Long Live the Queen (1995) Esme Lammers, the Netherlands

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The 1995 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….


Eggs (1995) Bent Hamer, Norway


The 1996 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….


Zero Kelvin (1995) Hans Petter Moland, Norway


The 1995 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Nordic Picture went to ….


Autumn In Paradise (1995) Richard Hobert, Sweden

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The winner of the 1996 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …


The Atlantic (1995) Magnus Enquist, Kristian Petri, Jan Roed, Sweden

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Happiness Is In the Field (1995) by Etienne Chatiliez is another delightful comedy from France starring Michel Serrault (far right).  He plays a toilet seat manufacturer who is harassed by his unionist workers, tax collectors and his wife (Sabine Azema) and family.  Eddy Mitchell (above centre) who won a Cesar Award for supporting actor plays Serrault's best friend who accompanies him on weekly gourmet food outings.  He is very good.  Escape appears to present itself to Serrault when he watches a reality tv series in which a farmer played by Carmen Maura is looking for her husband who mysteriously disappeared 27 years earlier.  Serrault is a ringer for the missing husband.  So off he goes to the countryside and he presents himself to Maura who accepts him as her husband no questions asked.  Hmmm ... is something up?  Eric Catona (above left) also appears.  Football fans may remember him from his days at Manchester United.

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Tomorrow on Saturday, April 13 we will do a week of catch-up review.  I am going to be travelling during this week and away from my computer for spells and as you may have seen I do have lots to post.  So, I hope everyone doesn’t mind.  If anyone wishes to fill some time by posting about any foreign films from years pre 1995 that they have seen since their original postings that would be good.  I have about a dozen that I have seen since posting about those years.  1996 will begin on Saturday, April 20.

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Here are a few more late additions from films that I have recently seen or revisited …



La Grande Speranza/Torpedo Zone (1955) Dullio Coletti, Italy [I saw a dubbed version]  

Apart from the most obvious it had many elements that reminded me of Das Boot (1981).  And it was quite inventive especially in editing with its limited budget.  Lois Maxwell, aka Miss Moneypenny stars!




Crime and Punishment (1956) Georges Lampin, France

starts out good buts gets more boring as it goes.  With Jean Gabin.




Mysteries of Black Magic (1958) Miguel M. Delgado, Mexico

low budget horror with some good exterior camerawork

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Samurai Saga (1959) Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

Toshiro Mifune plays Cyrano.  His nose is fat rather than long.  Not bad.




4.  Harakiri (1962) Masaki Kobayashi, Japan

this moved up a few spots when I viewed it again.  Really good.



Chushingura (1962) Hiroshi Inagaki, Japan

Another 47 Ronin.  soon becomes overlong and boring but ends well



Amphibian Man (1962) Vladimir Chebotaryov, Gennadly Kazanskiy, Russia

pretty wacky film that has some similarities to Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (2017).  The Russian recreation of a Mexican town with extras wearing sombreros is pretty funny.

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Here are the few that I've seen since the last update, divided by how I rated them:


  • Der Verlorene (1951), Peter Lorre, West Germany
  • Classe Tous Risques (1960), Claude Sautet, France 
  • Late Autumn (1960), Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 


  • The Devil's Eye (1960), Ingmar Bergman, Sweden 
  • The Naked Island (1960), Kaneto Shindo, Japan 


  • Stromboli (1950), Roberto Rossellini, Italy
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), Jean Delannoy, France 
  • The Last Days of Pompeii (1959), Mario Bonnard, Italy 
  • The Minotaur (1960), Silvio Amadio, Italy 
  • Samson (1961), Gianfranco Parolini, Italy 


  • Liane, Jungle Goddess (1956), Eduard von Borsody, West Germany
  • The Day the Earth Froze (1959), Aleksandr Ptushko, Finland/USSR 
  • Hannibal (1959), Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Italy 
  • Les Bonnes Femmes (1960), Claude Chabrol, France 
  • Slaughter of the Vampires (1964), Roberto Mauri, Italy


  • Adam and Eve (1956), Alberto Gout, Mexico
  • The Monsters Demolisher  (1962), Federico Curiel, Mexico 


  • The Loves of Hercules (1960), Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Italy 


  • Santa Claus (1959), Rene Cardona, Mexico 


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1.  La Ceremonie (1995) Claude Chabrol, France

2.  Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris, the Netherlands

3.  Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud (1995) Claude Sautet, France

4.  Les Miserables (1995) Claude Lelouch, France

5.  The Flower of My Secret (1995) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

6.  La Haine (1995), Mathieu Kassovitz, France



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Maitresse - Depardieu and a dominatrix start a relationship and things do not go smoothly. Very disturbing, unsimulated sex scenes. 5/10


Morgan, the Pirate- cheesy swashbuckler with a Welsh pirate fighting everyone in his path. Meh. 4/10


Beyond Good and Evil -Italian retelling of the life of Friedrich Nietzsche as he grapples with a world around him he sees as weak and pathetic. Nietzsche tries to woo Lou Andreas-Salome while developing a good criticism of the slave mentality he sees around him (this would later become the eponymous book "Beyond Good and Evil). 7/10


Waiting Women - Some women wait around for their husbands and tell stories of their lives with them, ranging from hilarious to depressing. 8/10


Come Drink With Me -a martial artist woman rescues her brother from bandits. 7/10


Ten Tigers of Kwangtung - Some more martial arts fare with pretty much every big martial artist from the 70s in it. 7/10

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6.  Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai (1963) Tadashi Imai, Japan

Quite amazing for its time and I would say one that will probably stay with you.



The Curse of the Crying Woman (1963) Rafael Baledon, Mexico.  Gothic horror from Mexico.  It’s the sort of thing I loved when I was 12.




6.  Witchhammer (1970) Otakar Vavra, Czechoslovakia

If Miller’s The Crucible is an allegory about a Communist witch hunt this Czechoslovakian film is that times ten.  Recommended.




4.  Demons (1971) Toshio Matsumoto, Japan.

If you like bloodthirsty Japanese films this may be for you.  A Ronin seeks revenge when he is taken to the bank by a geisha and her real lover.

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10.  Hanzo the Razor 2: The Snare (1973) Yasuzo Masumura, Japan

Starring Shintaro Katsu of Zatoichi fame.  Here Katsu plays a police officer trying to stamp out corruption at the highest levels in period Japan.  His interrogation techniques are a scream!  Quite good.



The Wanderers (1973) Kon Ichikawa, Japan.

A so-so semi-comic film about three loser Ronin as they scramble to earn enough to eat.  The action sequence are done to comic effect.

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Centre Forward (1978) Kil-in Kim, Chong-Song Pak, North Korea

Surprisingly technically proficient but that is about as far as it goes.  Very repetitious tale of young man who is not good enough to make the National Soccer team.  The message driven home with a hammer is that hard work will overcome anything.  The question of talent doesn't even enter the picture!




10.  Aunt Alejandra (1979) Arturo Ripstein, Mexico.

A decent gothic witch tale by Ripstein who guest guest programmer, Guillermo del Toro happens to be featuring at TIFF this spring.

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