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47 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

What is up with Alain Delon in that poster? I've seen the movie, and I don't recall the part when became a zombie. Must be from the director's cut. 

It's a pretty awful poster.  Part of the reason I selected it actually.

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The 1960 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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Sri Lokanath (1960) Prafulia Sengupta, India

The 1961 National Film Awards of India Best Picture was …

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Anuradha (1960) Mrishikesh Mukherjee, India

 

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The 1961 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Films …

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La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini, Italy ****

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Two Women (1960) Vittorio De Sica, Italy

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L’Avventura (1960) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

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58 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

The 1961 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Films …

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La Dolce Vita (1960) Federico Fellini, Italy ****

What's the "****" mean? Does that signify that the film won?

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1960:

1. La Dolce Vita. Federico Fellini. Italy. With Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimeé, Anita Ekberg.

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2. The Virgin Spring. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden. With Max von Sydow, Virgitta Valberg.

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3. Macario. Roberto Gavaldón. Mexico. With Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero.

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4. El Cochecito/The Motorized Wheelchair. Marco Ferreri. Spain. With José Isbert, José Luis López Vázquez.

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5.L'Avventura. Michelangelo Antonioni. Italy. With Monica Vitti, Gabriele Ferzetti.

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6. Simitrio. Emilio Gómez Muriel. Mexico. With José Elías Moreno, Javier Tejeda.

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7. À Bout de Souffle/Breathless. Jean-Luc Goddard. France. With Jean Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg.

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8.Tirez sur le Pianiste/Shoot the Piano Player. François Truffaut. France. With Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois.

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9. Sólo Para Hombres/For Men Only. Fernando Fernán Gómez. Spain. With Fernando fernán Gómez, Analía Gadé.

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Spring Dreams -This one was on TCM Imports a few months ago. An elderly man falls and hurts himself in an upper class Japanese home. Little does he know that it is the home of the woman he was to marry decades ago before her rich family told him to get lost. The now cold woman who is suffering threw a worker's strike sees his pain and helps him before dying herself. This was a pretty good movie and I recommend it.

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Les Bonnes Femmes is one of my favourite Claude Chabrol films.  It is a look at the lives and loves of four young women.  It's big on style and character.  The leads Bernadette Lafont and Clotile Joano are very good but again Stephane Audran, who died earlier this year, is a standout in support.

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The 1960 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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The Last Winter (1960) Frank Dunlop, Anker Sorensen, Edvin Tiemroth, Denmark

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Rocco and His Brothers (1960) Luchino Visconti, Italy

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The 1960 winner of both the Mainichi Film Award and Japan's Blue Ribbon Award was …

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Her Brother (1960) Kon Ichikawa, Japan.

Her Brother or as it is sometimes titled, Younger Brother has Ichikawa entering Ozu territory as he examines the family unit and the alienation each experiences within it.  The father is withdrawn due to war memories, the step mother is ailing and the younger brother is rebellious.  It falls to the older sister to hold everything together.

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Mario Monicelli's The Passionate Thief didn't quite make my top ten but 1960 was an extraordinary year for foreign language films.  It stars Anna Magnani, Toto and Ben Gazzara.  Magnani plays a film extra who is looking for a party on New Year's Eve. She calls upon Toto to be her escort.  Unbeknowest to her, Toto has also been engaged by the pickpocket Gazzara to stand by and receive his stolen jewelry.

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I hadn't seen much if anything that Toto had done before this.  Not surprisingly he had featured mainly in Italian broad comedies.  In this he is more restrained and it works a treat.  Magnani on the other hand is go big or go home.

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And she proves to be a grew comedic actress.  Fans of Magnani will not be disappointed with this film. Ben Gazzara has a supporting role as the thief.

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Both he and the Italian actor who dubbed him are very good.  Another American actor shows up in the film too.  Fred Clark plays a drunken American tourist and his performance is entirely his own.

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He wants to wade in the Trevi fountain.  La Dolce Vita was released in February and The Passionate Thief in October.  So this shows how topical Monicelli's film was.

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Devi is an interesting film from Satyajit Ray.  A housewife is taken for the reincarnation of the Goddess Kali by her father-in-law.  Soon others begin to believe as well as the young woman herself.

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Alberto Sordi, Serge Reggiani and Martin Balsam star in Luigi Comencini's Everybody Go Home!  Italy has just surrendered to the Allies and its troops disperse to return to their homes.  But the Germans are now rounding up the 'deserters' and making them prisoners of war so getting home is a lot easier said than done.

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It may seem odd to us to cast a non-tialian speaking actor like Martin Balsam in this film, and Ben Gazzara in The Passionate Thief only to dub their voices with another actor.  But you should remember that Italian audiences have probably never heard their real voices anyway as all of the American films are dubbed for public consumption.  So to them, these are the real voices of Martin Balsam and Ben Gazzara.

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

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El Bote El Rio y la Gente (1960) Enrique Cahen Salaberry, Argentina

The winner of the 1961 Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Picture was ….

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Shunko (1960) Lautaro Murua, Argentina

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