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Foreign films

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dick Whitman, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    I know there are a few fans of foreign films here, notably Azrael, who seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of non-American movies.

    I have some free time later this summer, and would like to check out a few. Obviously there are a million places on the Internet to get lists, reviews, and so forth, and I've already thrown "La Dolce Vita," "8 1/2," and "The Seven Samurai" onto my queue.

    Wondering what others think or suggest? What do you get out of them, in comparison to domestic films, either studio or independent? Also interested to hear from people who hate them.
  2. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    I took a foreign films class -- Culture Through Cinema -- a couple years ago when I was finishing up my 12-year college Tour de Force. Figured it was an easy way to sleep through a few movies and earn an easy A.

    Actually, I enjoyed several of the films.
  3. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Working up a list.
  4. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    I enjoy them. I've seen Incendies, and Of Gods And Men recently. Both were outstanding.
  5. Greenhorn

    Greenhorn Active Member

    District B13 is one of the greatest action films ever made. Also, typically for a French movie, it contains a heavy political message. Skip the sequel.

    Swimming Pool (while a lot of it is in English is French) is a trippy eye-opener.

    John Woo's Hardboiled is his finest film.

    If you like Paz Vega (and who doesn't?) Sex and Lucia is pretty impressive.

    Funny, we never consider films from the UK to be foreign and yet they clearly are.
  6. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    No time to go on tilt about this, now, but loved 8 1/2.

    Don't miss Shoot The Piano Player.
  7. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    . . . and Breathless is an obvious must-see.
  8. maberger

    maberger Member

    These three are fairly recent, if you don't just mean classics:

    Let The Right One In
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    City of God
  9. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    These are a few favourites. And please do NOT watch the dubbed version of any of these! :)

    Jesus de Montreal (Arcand)

    Cyrano de Bergerac (Rappeneau)
    Le Dernier Metro (Truffaut)
    Jean de Florette (Berri)
    Uranus (Berri)

    Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore)

    Männer... (Dörrie)
  10. oxfordcrowe

    oxfordcrowe Member

    Excellent choices.
  11. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    My cinematic preferences can trend toward the grim, but I would suggest "After Life" by Hirokazu Koreeda, "All About Lily Chou-Chou" by Shunji Iwai, "Perfect Blue" by Satoshi Kon and "Come and See" by Elem Klimov.
  12. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Here's just some off the top of my that I have seen and liked.

    Anything by Jean Pierre Melville, but I prefer Army of Shadows, The Samurai and Leon Morin, Priest.

    Wake in Fright (1971)

    Revanche (2008)

    City of Life and Death (2009)

    Viva Riva! (2010)

    The Pusher (1996)

    Winter War (1989)

    Persepolis (2007)
    Offside (2006)

    Grave of Fireflies (1988)

    Soldier of Orange (1977)

    The Decalogue (1989)

    The Russian Ark (2002)
    The Ascent (1977)

    The Man Who Saved the World (Turkish Star Wars) (1982)
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