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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films

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21 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

My top FF films of the 1980’s ….

 

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

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

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

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

8.  Colonel Redl (1985) Istvan Szabo, Hungary

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

I haven't yet seen any of the above, so it's heartening to know that there are still that many highly recommended titles left to watch.

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My top 10-

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1. Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Ruggero Deodato, Italy

2. Fitzcarraldo (1982) Werner Herzog, Germany

3. Pulgasari (1985) Shin Sang-Ok, North Korea

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

5. Kin Dza Dza (1986) Georgiy Daneliya, Russia

6. Come and See, Elem Klimov, USSR (1985)

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

8. Defilada (1989) Andrzej Fidyk, Poland

9. The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer, the Netherlands

10. They Were Actors (1981) Georgi Natanson, Russia

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  1. Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France
  2. Manon des Sources (1986) Claude Berri, France
  3. Cinema Paradiso (1988) Giuseppe Tornatore, Italy
  4. Mephisto (1981) Istvan Szabo, Hungary
  5. The Last Metro (1980) Francois Truffaut, France
  6. Tie Me Up!  Tie Me Down! (1989) Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  7. Pauline at the Beach (1983) Eric Rohmer, France
  8. Red Sorghum (1988) Zhang Yimou, China
  9. Lola (1981) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  10. Angry Harvest (1985) Agnieszka Holland, West Germany
  11. One Deadly Summer (1983) Jean Becker, France
  12. What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1984) Pedro Almodovar, Spain
  13. Betty Blue (1986) Jean-Jacques Beineix, France
  14. The 4th Man (1983) Paul Verhoeven, Netherlands
  15. Brussels by Night, Marc Didden, Belgium
  16. Pelle the Conqueror (1987) Bille August, Sweden
  17. À Nos Amours (1983) Maurice Pialat, France
  18. Ginger and Fred (1986) Federico Fellini, Italy
  19. Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  20. Le Beau Mariage (1982) Eric Rohmer, France
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 1.  Shoah (1985) Claude Lanzmann, France

 2.  Fanny and Alexander (1982) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

 3.  Fitzcarraldo (1982) Werner Herzog, West Germany

 4.  The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer, Denmark

  5. Hotel Terminus (1988) Marcel Ophuls, United States

 6.  Sans Soleil (1983) Chris Marker, France

 7.  L'Argent (1983) Robert Bresson, France

 8.  Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov, Soviet Union

 9.  My Neighbor Totoro (1988) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

10. The Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Isao Takahata, Japan

11. Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

12. My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden

13. Summer/The Green Ray (1986) Eric Rohmer, France

14. Alice (1988) Jan Svankmajer, Czechoslovakia

15. The Wannsee Conference (1984) Heinz Schirk, West Germany

16. The Sacrifice (1986) Andrei Tarkovsky, Sweden

17. Landscape in the Mist (1988) Theo Angelopoulos, Greece

18. The South (1983) Victor Erice, Spain

19. Nostalghia (1983) Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet Union

20. The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985) Sergei Parajanov, Soviet Union

21. The Horse Thief (1986) Tian Zhuangzhuang, China

22. Where is the Friend's Home? (1987) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

23. The Ballad of Narayama (1983) Shohei Imamura, Japan

 

 

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I just realized that I missed a 1989 foreign language film that I've seen, and it's one of my favorites. It should have been listed as my #2 choice for that year.

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Violent Cop featured the directorial debut of Takeshi Kitano, a stand-up comedian, film actor (going back to the late 1960's) and TV star making a radical career shift with this very bleak crime drama. Kitano uses a stripped-down cinematic style to depict a cop (Kitano) with a history of violence against suspects who finally cracks under bureaucratic pressure. It may sound like a typical Dirty Harry-style vigilante cop picture, but Kitano, along with writer Hisashi Nozawa, take the material into an existential direction, a theme that Kitano would continue to explore to mixed results throughout the next decade. Often credited under his stage name of "Beat" Takeshi, the comedian shows a flair for tough-guy menace with a deadpan, stone-faced intensity mixed with odd facial tics, and punctuated by unpredictable bursts of violence. 

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While we are on the 80's here are two films that I have seen in recent weeks after we posted about those years.  Neither film would have made my top tens for those years though.

1980

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Inferno (1980) Dario Argento, Italy

Not a bad B film in the occult genre.  The best thing about it is Argento's bold colour schemes.  Sort of like a Frank Tashlin slasher.

 

1984

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Deaths In Tokimeki (1984) Yoshimitsu Morita, Japan

An emotionless hit man goes to live with a handler in a remote town prior to a big job.  The film doesn't bother to tell you what it is about very much.  That's probably the thing that oddly holds your interest because it is otherwise pretty dull.  Not surprisingly the payoff is then disappointing.

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These were our top choices for the best of the 80's decade:

Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Ruggero Deodato, Italy

Das Boot (1981) Wolfgang Petersen, Germany

Koyaanisqatsi (1982) Godfrey Reggio, USA

Shoah (1985) Claude Lanzman, France

Jean de Florette (1986) Claude Berri, France

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My top FF films of 1990 of the 23 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Europa, Europa (1990) Agnieszka Holland, Germany

2.  Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

3.  Journey of Hope (1990) Xavier Koller, Switzerland

4.  Ju Dou (1990) Zhang Yimou, China

5.  Docteur Petiot (1990) Christian de Chalonge, France

6.  Ay, Carmela (1990) Calos Saura, Spain

7.  Korczak (1990) Andrzej Wajda, Poland

8.  Milou en Mai/May Fools (1990) Louis Malle, France

9.  Close Up (1990) Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

10. My Father’s Glory (1990) Yves Robert, France

 

Open Doors (1990) Gianni Amelio, Italy

The Nasty Girl (1990) Michael Verhoeven, Germany

La Femme Nikita (1990) Luc Besson, France

Uranus (1990) Claude Berri, France

Tatie Daniele (1990) Etienne Chatiliez

Vincent and Me (1990) Michael Rubbo, Canada [English & French versions]

The Station (1990) Sergio Rubini, Italy

The Tigress (1990) Camilio Luzuruaga, Ecuador

 

and I’ve also seen …

My Mother’s Castle (1990) Yves Robert, France

Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Cargo (1990) Francois Girard, Canada

Nouvelle Vague (1990) Jean-Luc Godard, France

The Voice of the Moon (1990) Federico Fellini, Italy

 
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1990

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  1. La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson, France
  2. Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France
  3. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Akira Kurosawa & Ishiro Honda, Japan
  4. Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland, Germany
  5. Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
  6. Island of Fire aka The Prisoner, Chu Yen-Ping, Taiwan

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I've also seen:

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  • Ninja Empire, Godfrey Ho, Hong Kong
  • Soldier of Fortune, Pierluigi Ciriaci, Italy

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Asthenic Syndrome, Kira Muratova, USSR
  • Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran
  • Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland, Germany
  • No Fear, No Die, Claire Denis, France
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1990

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1. La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson, France

2. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Akira Kurosawa & Ishiro Honda, Japan

3. Europa, Europa, Agnieszka Holland, Germany

4. The Shore of Salvation, Arya Dashiyev, Ryu Ho Son, Russia

5. Close-Up, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

6. Blackest Heart, Christoph Schlingensief, Germany

7. Apartment No.13,  Yadollah Samadi, Iran

8. From 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., Kim Yu-Sam, North Korea

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1 hour ago, Gershwin fan said:

4. The Shore of Salvation, Arya Dashiyev, Ryu Ho Son, Russia

I couldn't find The Shore of Salvation on the imdb with a search of the title or the two directors.

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1. C'est la Vie/La Baule Les Pins  Diane Kurys, France

2. La Femme Nikita  Luc Besson, France

3. Dreams  Akira Kurosawa, Japan

4. The Nasty Girl  Michael Verhoeven, West Germany

5. Days of Being Wild  Wong-Kar Wai, China (Hong Kong)

6. Close-Up  Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

7. Open Doors  Gianni Amelio, Italy

8. Nouvelle Vague  Jean-Luc Godard, France

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Eric Rohmer kicked off his glorious quartet Contes des Quatre Saisons in 1990, with Conte de Printemps (A Tale of Springtime). A great film in a series of four typically Rohmer-esque beauties. My favorite foreign-language film of 1990.

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The 1990 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film …

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Journey of Hope (1990) Xavier Koller, Switzerland ****

 

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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

 

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Ju Dou (1990) Zhang Yimou, China

 

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The Nasty Girl (1990) Michael Verhoeven, Germany

 

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Open Doors (1990) Gianni Amelio, Italy

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The 1990 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Milou en Mai/May Fools (1990) Louis Malle, France

 

The 1991 BAFTA Best Film Award included ….

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The Nasty Girl (1990) Michael Verhoeven, Germany ****

 

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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

 

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The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990) Patrice Leconte, France

 

The 1992 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Europa, Europa (1990) Agnieszka Holland, Germany

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The winner of the 1990 European Film Awards Best Picture was …

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Open Doors (1990) Gianni Amelio, Italy

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The 1990 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included this nominee …

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Freeze Die Come to Life (1990) Vitail Kanevsky, Russia

 

The 1991 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included these nominees …

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Requiem For Dominic (1990) Robert Dornhel, Austria

 

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Taxi Blues (1990) Pavel Lounguine, Russia

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The winner of the 1990 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

 

The winner of the 1991 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film was …

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Europa, Europa (1990) Agnieszka Holland, Germany

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The 1990 winner of France’s Cesar Best Picture Award …

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Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France

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The 1990 winner of Sweden’s Guldbagge award was …

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Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990) Kjell Grede, Sweden

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Denmark’s 1990 Robert Best Picture Award went to …

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Dance of the Polar Bears (1990) Birger Larsen, Denmark

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  1. The Match Factory Girl, Aki Kaurismäki, Finlandvflgnl.jpg
  2. Ju Dou, Zhang Yimou, China
  3. La Femme Nikita, Luc Besson, France
  4. Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France
  5. Koko Flanel, Stijn Coninx, Belgium
  6. The Sacrament, Hugo Claus, Belgium
  7. Open Doors, Gianni Amelio, Italy
  8. The Ages of Lulu, Bigas Luna, Spain
  9. Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong
  10. The Hairdresser's Husband, Patrice Leconte, France
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I don't come here often.  But I just binged all 91 pages of posts in this thread!  I applaud all of you who have seen so many of the older films - I have just made a huge list of everything I want to see.  I wouldn't know where to find half of it, especially the German films from the 20s and 30s.  Also, everything you find on Youtube and elsewhere seem to not have subtitles.    But I *will find them!  Thanks for all your efforts!!!

Freddie

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