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The 1989 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Memories of a Marriage (1989) Kaspar Rostrup, Denmark

 

The 1990 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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Dekalog (1989) Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1989 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Freedom Is Paradise (1989) Sergey Bodrov, Russia

 

These films were co-winners of the Jury Prize at the 1989 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Forever Mary (1989) Marco Risi, Italy

 

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Nocturne Indien (1989) Alain Corneau, France.  [this also won the Most Popular Film Award]

 

This film was a co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 1990 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Landscape With a Woman (1989) Ivica Matic, Yugoslavia

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies

A City of Sadness  Hou Hsiao-Hsien, China (Taiwan) #191

The Killer  John Woo, China (Hong Kong) #725

Time of the Gypsies  Emir Kusturica, Yugoslavia #788

Jonathan Rosenbaum's top 1000 movies

*The Asthenic Syndrome  Kira Muratova, Soviet Union
Cezanne  Jean-Marie Straub / Danielle Huillet), France
City of Sadness  Hou Hsiao-Hsien, China (Taiwan)
The Iceman Cometh  Clarence Fok Yiu-leung, China (Hong Kong)
Images of the World and the Inscription of War  Harun Farocki, Germany
Marriage of the Blessed  Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran

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

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Satyajit Ray's Ganashatru (1989) is perfectly suited for India.  It is based on Ibsen's Enemy of the People.  Soumitra Chatterjee (above right) plays a doctor who is confronted with an outbreak of jaundice in his community.  He identifies the source as the water from the Temple.  But his attempts to close the Temple meets with resistance as it draws people from all over the area and is a source of income for the community.  Commerce and Religion vs. environmental concerns.   This was my number two FF.  Recommended.

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The winner of the 1989 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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Secret Wedding (1989) Alejandro Agresti, Argentina

 

The winner of the 1990 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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Evenings (1989) Rudolf van den Berg, the Netherlands

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The 1989 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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For Harde Livet (1989) Sigve Endresen, Norway

 

The 1990 winner of Norway’s Amanda Award for Best Picture went to ….

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A Handful of Time (1989) Martin Ashaug, Norway

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Alain Resnais' I Want to Go Home (1989) is a multi-lingual film.  Wikipedia says that it is predominately in English.  Frankly, I couldn't remember the balance and it wasn't high on my list anyway.  American lyricist Adolph Green (right) plays a cartoonist visiting Paris and attending a gallery show that includes his work.  He is also there to try to patch things up with his daughter.  Gerard Depardieu (left) also stars.

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A Better Tomorrow Part III (1989) Hark Tsui, Hong Kong.  Apparently this is a prequel to the first two Better Tomorrow's that John Woo directed.  According to Wikipedia Woo had a hand in writing Part III before he dropped out and the script has many similarities to his Bullet In the Head (1990).   Not great but Chow Yun-Fat is always fun to watch.

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Violent Sh1t- This low quality German horror film is the epitome of so bad it is good. "Karl the Butcher-Sh1tter" (yes, that is his actual name) goes crazy and kills his mom. Years later, he breaks out of prison to kill again. He uses a chainsaw that isn't even plugged in and his victims are inexplicably covered in ketchup (blood)! :D This one is so terrible it must be seen to be believed. The script writing is also top notch with such great line readings as "Fu-king dammit sh1t! Sh1t! What am I doing here, anyway? Sh1t! This bullsh1tting job is fu-king me to sh1ts!" This one got four just as bad sequels. Recommended. :lol: maxresdefault.jpg

Ilha das Flores - I decided to check this one out because it is in the Brazilian edition of the 1001 Movies book and is only 13 minutes. It follows the life of a spoiled tomato from being picked to served to discarded in the trash and sent to the garbage island (isle of flowers). This one uses a blend of live action and Monty Python style cut out animation. Meh....

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My top FF films of the 1980’s ….

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1.  Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen, Germany

2.  Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3.  Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio, USA

4.  Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov, Russia

5.  Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France

6.  Manon of the Spring (1986) Claude Berri, France

7.  Coup de Torchon (1981) Bertrand Tavernier, France

8.  Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France

9.  Colonel Redl (1985) Istvan Szabo, Hungary

10.  The Makioka Sisters (1983) Kon Ichikawa, Japan

11. The Decline of the American Empire (1986) Denys Arcand, Canada

 

Edited by Bogie56
sorry, I can't count.  My top ten goes to 11.
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Favorites of the 1980's

 

1) Koyaanisqatsi, Godfrey Reggio, USA (1982)

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2) Das Boot, Wolfgang Petersen, West Germany (1981)

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3) Ran, Akira Kurosawa, Japan (1985)

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4) Come and See, Elem Klimov, USSR (1985)

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5) Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan (1988)

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6) Tetsuo, the Iron Man, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan (1989)

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7) Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders, West Germany (1987)

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8} Fanny and Alexander, Ingmar Bergman (1982)

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9) Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa, Japan (1980)

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10) Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog, West Germany (1982)

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Sorry, I meant to recap our number one choices from each year of the 1980's first.  I got too excited! :D

 

Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Germany

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Ruggero Deodato, Italy

Kagemusha (1980) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France

Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980) Alain Resnais, France

 

Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen, Germany (2)

Mephisto (1981) Istvan Szabo, Hungary

Pixote (1981) Hector Babenco, Brazil

They Were Actors (1981) Georgi Natanson, Russia

 

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio, USA (2)

Fanny and Alexander (1982) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Fitzcarraldo (1982) Werner Herzog, Germany

La Nuit de Varennes (1982) Etore Scola, Italy

Le Beau Mariage (1982) Eric Rohmer, France

 

And the Ship Sails On (1983) Federico Fellini, Italy

Carmen (1983) Carlos Saura, Spain

The Makioka Sisters (1983) Kon Ichikawa, Japan

Pauline at the Beach (1983) Eric Rohmer, France

Project A (1983) Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Hong Kong

Sans Soleil (1983) Chris Marker, France

 

The Home and the World (1984) Satyajit Ray, India (2)

Double Feature (1984) Jose Luis Garci, Spain

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

The Wannsee Conference (1984) Heinz Schirk, Germany

What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1984) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan (2)

Angry Harvest (1985) Agnieszka Holland, Germany

Pulgasari (1985) Shin Sang-Ok, North Korea

Shoah (1985) Claude Lanzman, France

 

Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France (2)

The Decline of the American Empire (1986) Denys Arcand, Canada

Kin Dza Dza (1986) Georgiy Daneliya, Russia

Summer/Le Rayon Vert (1986) Eric Rohmer, France

 

Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Bille August, Sweden (2) 

Wings of Desire (1987) Wim Wenders, Germany (2) 

Where Is the Friend’s Home (1987) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

 

Akira (1988) Katsuhiro Otomo, Japan

Cinema Paradiso (1988) Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy

Laibach: Victory Under the Sun (1988) Goran Gajic, Yugoslavia

Salaam Bombay! (1988) Mira Nair, India

The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer, the Netherlands

 

Defilada (1989) Andrzej Fidyk, Poland

Homework (1989) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

Jesus of Montreal (1989) Denys Arcand, Canada

Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989) Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Japan

Tie Me Up!  Tie Me Down! (1989) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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