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10 Favorite Foreign Language Movies


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1. The Confession

2. The Sorrow and the Pity

3. Time Regained

4. Fanny and Alexander

5. Spirited Away

6. A Man Escaped

7. Andrei Rublev

8. The Leopard

9. Grand Illusion

10. Russian Ark

 

Ten great foreign language movies I haven't seen:

 

1. Tokyo Story

2. Battleship Potemkin

3. The Bicycle Thief

4. L'Avventura

5. The Seventh Seal

6. Pather Panchali

7. Contempt

8. Ugetsu Monogatari

9. Au Hazard, Balthazar

10. Wild Strawberries

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La Belle et la Bete

Ladri di Biciclette

La Notte Bianche

Les Enfants du Paradis

Amarcord

Wild Strawberries

8 1/2

Cinema Paradiso

Ju Dou

La Dolce Vita

 

I'm ashamed that I still haven't see anything by Andrei Tarkovsky; and after seeing Seijun Suzuki's Tokyo Drifter on TCM, I want to see more of his work. I love the works of Yimou Zhang. I still have some voids to fill in Akira Kurosawa's oeuvre (another shameful fact [i allow myself to be so vulnerable with y'all]: I've never seen Rashomon).

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After two months I've decided to revise my list slightly:

 

1. The Confession

2. Shoah

3. The Sorrow and the Pity

4. Grand Illusioni

5. Andrei Rublev

6. Fanny and Alexander

7. A Man Escaped

8. The Seven Samurai

9. Cries and Whispers

10. Ordet

 

Spirited Away would be (11), The Leopard (12), Time Regained (13) and Russian Ark (14).

 

Ten great foreign language movies I haven't seen

 

1. Tokyo Story

2. L'Avventura

3. Pather Panchali

4. Contempt

5. Ugetsu Monogatari

6. Au Hazard, Balthazar

7. The 400 Blows

8. The Age of Gold

9. Metropolis

10. Pierrot le Feu

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1. Fanny And Alexander- Ingmar Bergman

2. Shoeshine- Vittoreo De Sica

3. The 400 Blows- Francois Truffaut

4. Wild Strawberry's- Ingmar Bergman

5. Ivan's Childhood- Andrei Tarkovsky

6. Pather Pancheli- Satyajit Ray

7. 8 1/2- Federico Fellini

8. The Bicycle Theif- Vittoreo De Sica

9. Anderi Rublev- Andrei Tarkovsky

10. Au Revoir Les Enfants- Louis Malle

 

I COULD GO ON FOREVER!!!!

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1) THE HEROIC TRIO

2) SANTA SANGRE

3) JOAN D'ARC OF MONGOLIA

4) TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

5) SUPERCOP (Jackie Chan)

6) MA VIE EN ROSE

7) POLICE FORCE (Jackie Chan)

8) THE BRAINIAC

9) THE MATCH FACTORY GIRL

10) DRUNKEN MASTER II (Jackie Chan)

 

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The ones I can think of at this moment are:

 

The Seven Samurai

Yojimbo

Augierre, the Wrath of God

Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (W. Germany directed by Herzog)

Lola (directed by Fassbinder)

Children of the Paradise

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (USSR directed by Parajanov)

Ways in the Night (Poland directed by K. Zanussi)

Big Deal on Madonna Street

Balkan Spy (Yugoslavia)

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It's painful to pick 10 and leave out so many great films. Here are the foreign-language masterpieces I've seen. A sort-of must-see list or a personal canon by year of world premiere.

 

1915. LES VAMPIRES (Feuillade)

1920. CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (Weine)

-------THE PARSON'S WIDOW (Dreyer)

1922. DR. MABUSE, THE GAMBLER (Lang)

-------NOSFERATU (Murnau)

1924. THE LAST LAUGH (Murnau)

-------NIBELUNGEN (Lang)

1925. POTEMKIN (Eisenstein)

1926. FAUST (Murnau)

1927. METROPOLIS (Lang)

1928. PANDORA'S BOX (Pabst)

-------THE PASSION OF JEANNE D'ARC (Dreyer)

1929. UN CHIEN ANDALOU (Bunuel)

1930. THE BLUE ANGEL (Sternberg)

-------EARTH (Dovzhenko)

-------L'AGE D'OR (Bunuel)

1931. LA CHIENNE (Renoir)

-------M (Lang)

1932. BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (Renoir)

-------I WAS BORN BUT... (Ozu)

1933. ZERO IN CONDUCT (Vigo)

1934. L'ATALANTE (Vigo)

1936. A DAY IN THE COUNTRY (Renoir)

1937. GRAND ILLUSION (Renoir)

1938. ALEXANDER NEVSKY (Eisenstein)

1939. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Renoir)

1942. OSSESSIONE (Visconti)

1943. DAY OF WRATH (Dreyer)

1945. CHILDREN OF PARADISE (Carne)

-------IVAN THE TERRIBLE (Eisenstein)

-------ROMA: OPEN CITY (Rosellini)

1946. SHOESHINE (De Sica)

1948. BICYCLE THIEVES (De Sica)

-------LA TERRA TREMA (Visconti)

1949. LATE SPRING (Ozu)

1950. LOS OLVIDADOS (Bunuel)

1951. RASHOMON (Kurosawa)

1952.IKIRU (Kurosawa)

-------THE LIFE OF OHARU (Mizoguchi)

1953. EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... (Ophuls)

-------THE GOLDEN COACH (Renoir)

-------TOKYO STORY (Ozu)

1954. SANSHO THE BAILIFF (Mizoguchi)

-------UGETSU (Mizoguchi)

1955. ORDET (Dreyer)

-------PATHER PANCHALI (Ray)

1956. THE SEVENTH SEAL (Bergman)

1957. A MAN ESCAPED (Bresson)

-------THE CRANES ARE FLYING (Kalatozov)

-------NIGHTS OF CABIRIA (Fellini)

-------WILD STRAWBERRIES (Bergman)

1959. FLOATING WEEDS (Ozu)

-------FRITZ LANG'S INDIAN EPIC (Lang)

-------HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR (Resnais)

-------MOI, UN NOIR (Rouch)

-------PICKPOCKET (Bresson)

1960. BREATHLESS (Godard)

-------L'AVVENTURA (Antonioni)

1961. LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (Resnais)

-------PLACIDO (Berlanga)

-------VIRIDIANA (Bunuel)

1962. LA JETEE (Marker)

--------L'ECLISSE (Antonioni)

-------MAMA ROMA (Pasolini)

1963. 8 1/2 (Fellini)

-------CONTEMPT (Godard)

-------EL VERDUGO (Berlanga)

-------THE LEOPARD (Visconti)

1964. SHADOWS OF OUR FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS (Paradjanov)

1965. LA NOIRE DE... (Sembene)

-------THE SHOP ON MAIN STREET (Kadar)

1966. AU HASARD BALTHAZAR (Bresson)

-------CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS (Menzel)

1967. MOUCHETTE (Bresson)

-------PLAYTIME (Tati)

1968. THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES (Paradjanov)

-------THE JOKE (Jires)

1969. ANDREI RUBLEV (Tarkovsky)

1970. THE CONFORMIST (Bertolucci)

-------THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS (De Sica)

1971. MURMUR OF THE HEART (Malle)

1972. THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISE (Bunuel)

1973. AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (Herzog)

-------CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Rivette)

-------LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Bertolucci)

-------THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE (Erice)

1974. ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Fassbinder)

-------EDVARD MUNCH (Watkins)

1976. CRIA (Saura)

1978. THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS (Olmi)

1979. STALKER (Tarkovsky)

1980. BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ (Fassbinder)

1981. PIXOTE (Babenco)

1982. FANNY AND ALEXANDER (Bergman)

-------LA TRAVIATA (Zefirelli)

1983. EL SUR (Erice)

-------SANS SOLEIL (Marker)

1985. THE OFFICIAL STORY (Puenzo)

-------SHOAH (Lanzmann)

1986. MELO (Resnais)

1987. YEELEN (Cisse)

1988. DEKALOG (Kieskowski)

-------THE GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Takahata)

-------LANDSCAPE IN MIST (Angelopoulos)

1990. CAIDOS DEL CIELO (Lombardi)

-------JU DOU (Yimou)

-------MONSIEUR HIRE (Leconte)

1991. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY (Yang)

-------RAISE THE RED LANTERN (Yimou)

-------TOTO THE HERO (Dormael)

1992. ACTRESS (Kwan)

1993. BUTTERFLY WINGS (Ulloa)

-------FAREWELL, MY CONCUBINE (Kaige)

-------THE PUPPETMASTER (Hou)

1994. ASHES OF TIME (Kar Wai)

-------BEFORE THE RAIN (Manchevski)

-------THREE COLORS: BLUE/WHITE/RED (Kieslowski)

-------TO LIVE (Yimou)

1995. UNDERGROUND (Kusturica)

1996. IRMA VEP (Assayas)

1997. THE TASTE OF CHERRY (Kiarostami)

1998. FLOWERS OF SHANGHAI (Hou)

1999. THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Kiarosatami)

2000. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Kar Wai)

2001. SPIRITED AWAY (Miyazaki)

-------TIME OUT (Cantet)

2002. RUSSIAN ARK (Sokurov)

-------THE SON (Dardenne)

2003. A TALKING PICTURE (de Oliveira)

2004. 2046 (Kar Wai)

2005. THREE TIMES (Hou)

 

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faves:

 

METROPOLIS - saw this on the big screen with an orchestra.

OPEN CITY

PIXOTE

CENTRAL STATION

THE PIANO TEACHER & THE SCHOOL OF FLESH - Isabelle Huppert is a TERRIFIC actress.

8 FEMMES - any movie starring France's leading ladies...Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Danielle Darrieux & Fanny Ardant is definitely worth a watch.

WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

OPEN YOUR EYES - VANILLA SKY can't hold a candle to the original.

UNDER THE SAND - 1/2 French - 1/2 English - Charlotte Rampling is GRREAT!

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