Skip to comments.What Are Your Favorite Foreign Language Films?
Posted on 12/19/2009 2:01:18 PM PST by randita
I really enjoyed the responses from last week's "What Are Your Favorite Movies Made Before 1950?" thread (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2406295/posts).
So here's another movie topic - favorite foreign language films of any era. (Hey, we need a pleasant distraction from the debacle going on in DC!)
If you know the date or even decade of the film and the language, please include it.
Thank you and enjoy!
Life Is Beautiful (Italian) - 1997
Cinema Paradiso (Italian) - 1988
Amelie (French) - 2001
Rosenstrasse (German) - 2003
The Last Days of Sophie Scholl (German) - 2005
Das Boot- German
Ran - Japanese
The Passion of the Christ
Everything Jacques Tati ever did.
Ran! What an incredible movie. A Japanese take on King Lear.
Das Boot - forgot that one. It was great!
Grave of the Fireflies (Japanese)
The Color of Paradise (Farsi)
Metropolis (German / silent)
LEAST favorite foreign film ....
8 Women (French — snarky snickers about the rib-tickling hilarity of father-daughter incest. Must be wonderful to be “progressive” enough to get the joke!)
A couple of recent movies you might enjoy
1. The Lives of Others - German
2. Il Divo - Italian
Whats Up Tiger Lily......
I’ve only sat through three foreign language films in my life, so I guess they’re my favorites since I own a copy of each:
The Seven Samurai
The Passion of the Christ (which probably doesn’t qualify as a “film” since it was made by an American for an American audience, but it’s in a foreign language and that’s enough for me)
Das Boot. Germany
Super Fly (Ebonics) - (1972)
Das Boot - German
Chocolate - A Thai martial arts film. AWESOME.
Katyn - Polish
I agree; The Lives of Others is one of the best movies ever, foreign-language or otherwise.
Help me on the names folks:
1. Kagushima? War movie where the soldiers had flags on their backs and they picked some twin commoner to stand in for general.
2. Recent film where assassins were trying to kill the Chinese emperor and at the end the guy had a chance to kill him with one move (he got close enough by supposedly killing other assassins) but he wanted China to be united and didn’t do it. He died in a hail of arrows like 300.
3. Black and white film where peasants hired a bunch of out of work samuri to defend the town.
The Lives of Others (German) 2007
Downfall (German) 2005
A Woman in Berlin (German) 2008
After the Truth (German)1999
Sophie Scholl (German) 2005
La Vie En Rose (French) 2007
I like to watch films in German. If anyone can recommend German language film(s) to me, I’d appreciate it.
I have watched and thoroughly enjoyed “Das Boot” and “Schultze Gets the Blues.”
Any other German language films out there and rentable? When I ask at Blockbuster they just say umm, I don’t know.
Big Deal on Madonna Street - Italian - takeoff on Rififi
Let me add German films WITHOUT NUDITY, as in PG sort of rated? Those Europeans always seem to be strippin’ down...
“Riget” (1994) - Danish
I second your motion, on both counts. Lives of Others was phenomenal. I saw Moliere (made in 2006 or 2007) a few months ago. It didn’t receive the critical acclaim - probably because it’s a comedy/drama. But, it was quite entertaining, as is anything that starring Laura Morante.
3 is Seven Samurai
#3 Seven Samuri-duh lol
"Father Anatoli (portrayed by former Russian rock star Pyotr Mamonov) lives a hermitlike existence in a remote Russian Orthodox monastery, where he's visited by people who believe he has the power to heal, see the future and exorcise demons. But Anatoli's odd behavior confuses his fellow monks, who are unaware that he's tortured by a past sin and considers himself an unworthy fraud. Pavel Lungin directed this poignant parable.
Yes two of my favorites too.
Also, Seven Samurai -Japanese 1954
Run, Lola, Run. Excellent German film
Those are going to be some slim pickens. It's seems like all the better European films have at least some skin in them.
you can dl it.
Sophie Scholl and Rosenstrasse do not have violence or nudity. They’re just gripping human dramas, both based on true stories and set during WWII.
Added to my netflix queue...
“Those are going to be some slim pickens. It’s seems like all the better European films have at least some skin in them. “
Yes, even the kids’ shows I rented from Goethe Institute had the joyful host sliding (side view) into the tub, taking off his clothes (butt only) for a swim, changing clothes. . . my kids are like, what is it about German people?
So if anyone has any German films without buck nekkid Germans in them, do tell. My kids watch with me, and we don’t go there.
"Hero?" With Jet Li? Such a GORGEOUS movie. Wow. Pure eye-candy.
Oops. Left out “Babette’s Feast.” Swedish, I think.
We just saw that one. Very good.
I like Japanese monster movies. lol.
I saw a Korean cop show once. That was kind of strange but interesting. I also saw one of those movies from India on AMC, have no idea what that was about really.
La Nuit de Varennes
Noir et Blancs en Couleur
Ma Vie en Rose (NOT La Vie en Rose)(somewhat PC but better than you might expect....)
City of Lost Children
I watched this one after reading Medved’s take on it and found it very entertaining:
Ha-Ushpizin - Israeli - (2004)
I think Korean cinema is some the strangest movie-making out there, taking avant-garde to a whole other level. Very weird stuff.
Mark for later contribution.
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