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Again, thanks to CoraSmith for the links to this ..

France’s Grand Prix du Cinema was established in 1934 by Louis Lumiere and ran until 1986.  By then the Cesar Awards had taken over.  Here are the Best Picture winners through 1975 …

Maria Chapdelaine (1934) Julien Duviver, France

La Kermesse Heroique/Carnival In Flanders (1935) Jacques Feyder, France

Call of Silence (1936) Leon Poirier, France

Legions of Honor (1938) Maurice Gleize, France

S.O.S. Mediterranean (1938) Leo Joannon, France

Farrebique (1946) Georges Rouquier, France

Monsieur Vincent (1947) Maurice Cloche, France

The Spice of Life (1948) Jean Dreville, France

Jour de Fete (1949) Jacques Tati, France

Diary of a Country Priest (1951) Robert Bresson, France

Les Belles du Nuit (1952) Rene Clair, France

The Game of Love (1954) Claude Autant-Lara, France

The Fugitives (1955) Jean-Paul Le Chanois, France

The Gates of Paris (1957) Rene Clair, France

Youthful Sinners (1958) Marcel Carne, France

Stars at Noon (1959) Jacques Ertaud, Marcel Ichac

The Truth (1960) Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

Taxi For Tobruk (1961) Denys de la Patelliere, France

Till the End of the World (1963) Francois Villiers

A King Without Distraction (1963) Francois Leterrier, France

World Without Sun (1964) Jacques Costeau, France

Viva Maria! (1965) Louis Malle, France

Bitter Fruit (1967) Jacqueline Audry, France

Vivre Pour Vivre (1967) Claude Lelouch, France

Stolen Kisses (1968) Francois Truffaut, France

Le Grand Amour (1969) Pierre Etaix, France

Mourir d’aimer (1971) Andre Cayette, France

La Veuve Couderc (1971) Pierre Granier-Deferre, France

Cesar and Rosalie (1972) Claude Sautet, France

Private Screening (1973) Francois Leterrier, France

Parade (1974) Jacques Tati, France

The Story of Adele H. (1975) Francois Truffaut, France

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My top FF films of 1976 of the 18 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Kings of the Road (1976) Wim Wenders, Germany

2.  Black and White in Color (1976) Jean-Jacques Annaud, France

3.  In the Realm of the Senses (1976) Nagisa Oshima, Japan

4.  L’Innocente (1976) Luchino Visconti, Italy

5.  Face to Face (1976) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6.  Fellini’s Casanova (1976) Federico Fellini, Italy

7.  Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1976) Bruno Barreto, Brazil

8.  The Judge and the Assassin (1976) Bertrand Tavernier, France

9.  Pardon Mon Affaire (1976) Yves Robert, France

10.  Mr. Klein (1977) Joseph Losey, France

 

Pascual Duarte (1976) Ricardo Franco, Spain

Chinese Roulette (1976) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

The Marquise of O (1976) Eric Rohmer, France

The Last Supper (1976) Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba

 

and I’ve also seen …

Illustrious Corpses/The Context (1976) Francesco Rosi, Italy

Yakuza Graveyard (1976) Kinji Fukasaku, Japan

Barocco (1976) Andre Tachine, France

Nuit d’or (1976) Serge Moati, France

Heart of Glass (1976) Werner Herzog, Germany

 

I’m not including this in my top FF’s:

1900 (1976) Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

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1976

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  1. In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  2. Face to Face, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  3. Werewolf Woman, Rino Di Silvestro, Italy
  4. Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain
  5. Killer Clans, Chor Yeun, Hong Kong
  6. Snake-Crane Secret, Ma Wu, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  7. Watcher in the Attic, Noboru Tanaka, Japan

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I've also seen:

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  • Rulers of the City aka Mr. Scarface, Fernando Di Leo, Italy
  • Death Rage, Antonio Margheriti, Italy
  • Cop in Blue Jeans, Bruno Corbucci, Italy
  • Shaolin Temple, Chang Cheh, Hong Kong
  • Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures, Jose Mojica Marins, Brazil
  • A Real Young Girl, Catherine Breillat, France
  • Return of the Kung Fu Dragon, Yu Chi-Lien & Yu Kang, Taiwan
  • God's Gun, Gianfranco Parolini, Italy
  • Black Emanuelle 2, Bitto Albertini, Italy
  • Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave, Lee Doo-yong, South Korea

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain
  • In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
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My top FF films of 1976...

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1. I, Pierre Rivière, Having Slaughtered My Mother, Sister and Brother..., René Allio, France

2. Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain

3. Fellini’s Casanova, Federico Fellini, Italy

4. In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan

5. Heart of Glass, Werner Herzog, West Germany

6. Salon Kitty, Tinto Brass, France 

7. Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000, Alain Tanner, Switzerland

8. The Battle of Chile: Part II, Patricio Guzmán, Chile

9. Kings of the Road, Wim Wenders, West Germany

10. A Slave of Love,  Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

 

Shaolin Temple, Chang Cheh, Hong Kong

SS Experiment Love Camp, Sergio Garrone, Italy

Exit the Dragon, Enter the Tiger,  Tso Nam Lee, Taiwan

Deported Women of the SS Special Section, Rino Di Silvestro, Italy

Return of the Kung Fu Dragon, Yu Chi-Lien & Yu Kang, Taiwan

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1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

1001 Movies You Must See

  • Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain
  • In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan

From the foreign editions-

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1. The Judge and the Assassin, Bertrand Tavernier, French edition

2. Mr. Klein, Joseph Losey, French edition

3. Man on the Roof, Bo Widerberg, Swedish edition 

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Not my favorite year. My top 8 is completely English. I still haven't seen Kings of the Road. I saw 1900 in Italian, so I'll include it.

  1. The Wing or the Thigh, Claude Zidi, France
  2. In the Realm of the Senses, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  3. The Tenant, Roman Polanski, France
  4. Pallieter, Roland Verhavert, Belgium
  5. Cria Cuervos, Carlos Saura, Spain
  6. L’Innocente, Luchino Visconti, Italy
  7. Chinese Roulette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  8. 1900, Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy
  9. De Komst van Joachim Stiller, Harry Kümel, Belgium
  10. Pardon My Affair, Yves Robert, France
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9 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

10. The Tenant, Roman Polanski, France

 

2 hours ago, CoraSmith said:

The Tenant, Roman Polanski, France

Is The Tenant a foreign language film? If so, then it will be at the top of my list. I've seen it a few times, but I don't recall there being much subtitled dialogue, despite the European setting. It's been a while though, so I'll defer to the judges' decision. Also, if we are including 1900, then that one is either at the top of my list or at #2. It is also one of the 1001 Movies You Must See.

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22 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

 

Is The Tenant a foreign language film? If so, then it will be at the top of my list. I've seen it a few times, but I don't recall their being much subtitled dialogue, despite the European setting. It's been a while though, so I'll defer to the judges' decision. Also, if we are including 1900, then that one is either at the top of my list or at #2. It is also one of the 1001 Movies You Must See.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074811/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

The picture was filmed in both French and English languages.
I think this is one of those films where each spoke in their own language. The cast is majority French and most of it looked dubbed. 
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2 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074811/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

The picture was filmed in both French and English languages.
I think this is one of those films where each spoke in their own language. The cast is majority French and most of it looked dubbed. 

Polanski was performing the version I saw in English.  And I didn't include 1900 because there were too many English language leads.  But both 'European' films were certainly worth a mention in this thread!

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I love Satyajit Ray's 1976 film Bala, which is a portrait of the great Bharatanatyam dancer   Balasaraswati. I had the great pleasure to work with Balasaraswati's daughter, Lakshmi, and her grandson, Aniruddha Knight, who represent the eighth and ninth generation of the family of great dancers.

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1. Cria Cuervos  Carlos Saura, Spain

2. Fellini's Casanova  Federico Fellini, Italy

3. The Innocent  Luchino Visconti, France

4. 1900  Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy

5. Face to Face  Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

6. The Marquise of 0  Eric Rohmer, West Germany/France

7. Edvard Munch  Peter Watkins, Norway/Sweden

8. Numero Deux  Jean-Luc Godard, France

9. A Slave of Love  Nikita Mikhalkov, Soviet Union

I thought The Tenant was an English language film.  I've only seen it once, but it would have been my number one choice.

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10 hours ago, skimpole said:

I thought The Tenant was an English language film.  I've only seen it once, but it would have been my number one choice.

It certainly did not play in French in North America in the age of subtitled art house pictures and therefor not considered a foreign language film for their awards.  I doubt very much that they filmed two versions.  Polanksi performed in English but they may have dubbed it for the French market.

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49 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

It certainly did not play in French in North America in the age of subtitled art house pictures and therefor not considered a foreign language film for their awards.  I doubt very much that they filmed two versions.  Polanksi performed in English but they may have dubbed it for the French market.

I don't think the IMDB is implying it was filmed in two versions but rather that some of the actors (not Polanski) were actually speaking French and dubbed in afterward.

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Italy’s David di Donatello 1975/76 Best Picture winners included …

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Illustrious Corpses/The Context (1976) Francesco Rosi, Italy

 

Italy’s David di Donatello 1976/77 Best Picture winners included …

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The Desert of the Tartars (1976) Valerio Zurlini, Italy

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The 1976 winner of the The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Face to Face (1976) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

 

Nominated for the 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …

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A Slave of Love (1976) Nikita Mikhalkov, Russia

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