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The 1961 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Late Autumn (1960) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

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My top FF films of 1961 of the 20 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Through a Glass Darkly (1961) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

2.  Il Posto (1961) Ermanno Olmi, Italy

3.  La Notte (1961) Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

4.  Yojimbo (1961) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

5.  Bandits of Orgosolo (1961) Vittorio De Seta, Italy

6.  A Woman Is a Woman (1961) Jean-Luc Godard, France

7.  The End of Summer (1961) Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

8.  Divorce-Italian Style (1961) Pietro Germi, Italy

9.  Three Daughters (1961) Satyajit Ray India

10. Lola (1961) Jacques Demy, France

 

Viridiana (1961) Luis Bunuel, Spain

The Last Judgment (1961) Vittorio De Sica

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) Alain Resnais, France

Such a Long Absence (1961) Henri Colpi, France

Duel of the Titans (1961) Sergio Corbucci, Italy.  [dubbed]

and I’ve also seen …

Yanco (1961) Servando Gonzales, Mexico

Mothra (1961) Ishiro Honda, Japan.  [dubbed]

Zero Focus (1961) Yoshitaro Nomura, Japan

The Colossus of Rhodes (1961) Sergio Leone. [dubbed]

Sword of the Conqueror (1961) Carlo Campogalliani, Italy. [dubbed and some leads most likely performed in English so this may not qualify]

 
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1961

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  1. Yojimbo, Akira Kurosawa, Japan*
  2. Divorce Italian Style, Pietro Germi, Italy
  3. Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain
  4. Through a Glass Darkly, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  5. Lola, Jacques Demy, France
  6. Mothra, Ishiro Honda, Japan
  7. Hercules in the Haunted World, Mario Bava, Italy
  8. La Notte, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  9. The Return of Dr. Mabuse, Harald Reinl, West Germany
  10. The Colossus of Rhodes, Sergio Leone, Italy

I've also seen:

  • Reptilicus, Sidney Pink, Denmark
  • Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules, Antonio Leonviola, Italy
  • Battle of the Worlds, Antonio Margheriti, Italy
  • Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory, Paolo Heusch, Italy
  • The Vengeance of Ursus, Luigi Capuano, Italy
  • The Last of the Vikings, Giacomo Gentilomo, Italy
  • Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World, Riccardo Freda, Italy
  • Atlas Against the Cyclops, Antonio Leonviola, Italy
  • Hercules Conquers Atlantis, Vittorio Cottafavi, Italy
  • Duel of Champions, Ferdinando Baldi, Italy
  • My Baby Is Black!, Claude Bernard-Aubert, France
  • Triumph of Maciste, Tanio Boccia, Italy
  • Valley of the Lions, Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia, Italy 
  • Invasion of the Neptune Men, Koji Ohta, Japan

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*Yojimbo is my favorite movie of 1961 regardless of language.

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Chronicle of a Summer, Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, France
  • La Notte, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  • Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, France
  • Lola, Jacques Demy, France
  • Through a Glass Darkly, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain
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My top FF films of 1961

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1.) La Notte, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy

2.) Through a Glass Darkly, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

3.) Yojimbo, Akira Kurosawa, Japan

4.) The Red Detachment of Women, Jin Xie, China

5.)  Mothra, Ishiro Honda, Japan

6.)  Il Posto, Ermanno Olmi, Italy

7.) Clear Skies, Grigoriy Chukhray, USSR

8.) Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Mexico and Spain

9.) Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, France

10.) Mother Joan of the Angels, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Poland

11.) Lola, Jacques Demy, France

12.)  Divorce-Italian Style, Pietro Germi, Italy

13.) A Woman Is a Woman, Jean-Luc Godard, France

14.) Chronicle of a Summer, Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch, France

15.) I Don't Want to Get Married, Manole Marcus, Romania

16.) A Handful of Notes, Helmut Spieß, East Germany

17.) The Colossus of Rhodes, Sergio Leone, Italy

18.) Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, Franz Peter Wirth, West Germany

 

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52 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Chronicle of a Summer, Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, France
  • La Notte, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  • Last Year at Marienbad, Alain Resnais, France
  • Lola, Jacques Demy, France
  • Through a Glass Darkly, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain

From the foreign editions

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Synoikia to Oneiro, Alekos Alexandrakis, Greek edition

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I don't know that it makes much difference with what we're doing here. but I noticed that I listed Viridiana as from Spain, while Bogie and Gershwin listed it as from Mexico. From what I can suss out from IMDb and Wikipedia, it was a Spanish/Mexican co-production.

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1 minute ago, LawrenceA said:

I don't know that it makes much difference with what we're doing here. but I noticed that I listed Viridiana as from Spain, while Bogie and Gershwin listed it as from Mexico. From what I can suss out from IMDb and Wikipedia, it was a Spanish/Mexican co-production.

I'll add Spain then. Thanks.

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1. Last Year in Marienbad Alain Resnais, France

2. Lola Jacques Demy, France

3. Yojimbo Akira Kurosawa, Japan

4. A Woman is a Woman Jean-Luc Godard, France

5. Il Posto Ermanno Olmi, Italy

6. The End of Summer Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

 

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  1. The End of Summer, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  2. La Notte, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  3. Last Year in MarienbadAlain Resnais, France
  4. A Woman Is a Woman, Jean-Luc Godard, France
  5. Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Jean-Jacques Vierne, France
  6. Divorce Italian Style, Pietro Germi, Italy
  7. Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain
  8. All the Gold in the World, René Clair, France
  9. LolaJacques Demy, France
  10. Il PostoErmanno Olmi, Italy

None of these would have made the top 5 in the much stronger 1960. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, CoraSmith said:
  1. The End of Summer, Yasujiro Ozu, Japan
  2. La Notte, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  3. Last Year in MarienbadAlain Resnais, France
  4. A Woman Is a Woman, Jean-Luc Godard, France
  5. Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Jean-Jacques Vierne, France
  6. Divorce Italian Style, Pietro Germi, Italy
  7. Viridiana, Luis Bunuel, Spain
  8. All the Gold in the World, René Clair, France
  9. LolaJacques Demy, France
  10. Il PostoErmanno Olmi, Italy

None of these would have made the top 5 in the much stronger 1960. 

 

 

 

Last Year in Marienbad would.

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The 1961 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Films …

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Through a Glass Darkly (1961) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden ****

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Harry and the Butler (1961) Bent Christensen, Denmark

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Immortal Love (1961) Keisuke Kinoshita, Japan

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The Important Man (1961) Ismael Rodriguez, Mexico

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Placido (1961) Luis Garcia Berlanga, Spain

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The winners of the 1961 Silver Globe for Best Foreign Language films included …

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The Important Man (1961) Ismael Rodriguez, Mexico

The winner of the 1962 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Divorce-Italian Style (1961) Pietro Geri, Italy

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If anyone is keeping score I have gone back to 1960 (previous page) and added a couple of films that subsequently won awards.  I've marked the edits.

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Re: The Important Man - Toshiro Mifune starred in a Mexican movie? I was not aware of it. That's certainly one for my "to see" list.

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China’s Hundred Flowers Awards began in 1962 for films of 1961.  According to wikipedia it is considered the Golden Globes of China.  It experienced a hiatus between 1963 and 1980 due to the Cultural Revolution and in 2004 became a biannual event.

The winner of China’s Hundred Flowers Best Pictures Award in 1962 was ….

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The Red Detachment of Women (1961) Jin Xie, China

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South Korea’s Grand Bell Awards began in 1962 for films of 1961.  This was the Best Picture winner …

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Prince Yeonsan (1961) Sang-ok Shin, South Korea

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You may have noticed from my lists that I've seen a lot of sword 'n' sandal, aka peplum, movies, but that nearly all of them have been in my "also seen" sections, meaning I gave them a 5/10 or lower score. One noteworthy exception is 1961's Hercules in the Haunted World. In this outing, Hercules, played by British body-builder Reg Park, must journey to the underworld to recover an artifact that will cure his beloved of a mysterious malady. Director Mario Bava presents a color-rich phantasmagoria of gaudy imagery in the widescreen format, and shows what can be done on a limited budget. High-minded snobs will no doubt sneer at this movie as much as other pepla, but I was highly entertained and consider it arguably the best of the much-maligned genre.

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The Red Detachment of Women - The film came first before the famous ballet/ opera. Qionghua is a slave girl to a feudal lord and unsuccessfully attempts to escape many times. A visiting lord buys her but it is then revealed he was an agent for the local communists and sets her free to join the women's army. Qionghua sneaks into her old lord's palace and almost kills him but he escapes and gets Chiang Kai Shek's militias to help him take back his land. The women's army destroys his back up troops and win the land back though and the old feudal lord's way is destroyed. This was a pretty good film. The cinematography in this was good and I thought the theme tune was pretty catchy too. The ballet version of this would get its own movie in 1970.

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Immortal Love - I saw this on TCM last Oscar month and completely forgot about it. During the Imperial Showa era of Japan, a peasant woman is married to the son of the local lord who she hates a lot. The film follows their rocky marriage through the years and the problems their children and the wife's former lover face. I remember this one being very sad.

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies 1961

Viridiana  Luis Bunuel, Spain #76

Last Year in Marienbad  Alain Resnais, France #91

La Notte  Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy #255

Yojimbo  Akira Kurosawa, Japan #393

Accatone  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy #490

Chronicle of a Summer  Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, France #496

Lola  Jacques Demy, France #502

Placido  Luis Garcia Berlagna Spain #535

The End of Summer  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan #829

Il Posto Ermanno Olmi, Italy #891

A Woman is a Woman  Jean-Luc Godard, France #945

Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies

Accatone  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy
Chronicle of a Summer  Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin, France
Cleo from 5 to 7  Agnes Varda, France
*Last Year at Marienbad  Alain Resnais, France
Lola  Jacques Demy, France
Paris nous appartient  Jacques Rivette, France
Viridiana  Luis Bunuel, Spain
*A Wife Confesses  Yasuzo Masumura, Japan

An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's top 100.  Note years are not exact.

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Nominated for the 1963 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Il Posto (1961) Ermanno Olmi, Italy

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The winner of the 1960 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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Such a Long Absence (1961) Henri Colpi, France

The winner of the 1961 Prix Louis Delluc Best Picture was …

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The Winner (1961) Francois Reichenbach, France

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A note on nationality: as we move further into the 1960's we'll start getting to the Chinese territory films that I've seen. I'll do my best to differentiate between those from mainland China, those from Hong Kong, and those from Taiwan. The majority will be from Hong Kong, at least until we reach the 1980's.

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18 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

A note on nationality: as we move further into the 1960's we'll start getting to the Chinese territory films that I've seen. I'll do my best to differentiate between those from mainland China, those from Hong Kong, and those from Taiwan. The majority will be from Hong Kong, at least until we reach the 1980's.

I know it is difficult especially when we get into the age of the international co-production.  I amended Viridiana to go with Spain as it was shot there.  I often use the director's nationality or the country where it was shot to help me determine things as I would prefer to just list one country.

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2 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

I know it is difficult especially when we get into the age of the international co-production.  I amended Viridiana to go with Spain as it was shot there.  I often use the director's nationality or the country where it was shot to help me determine things as I would prefer to just list one country.

Why wouldn't Viridiana be considered a Spanish film?  Bunuel isn't a Mexican director, he was a Spanish director living in exile in Mexico.  The Spanish authorities were notoriously both enraged by the film, that had gone to Cannes without thorough vetting, and embarrassed when the Vatican criticized it as blasphemous.

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