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What Are Your Favorite Foreign Language Films?
Self ^ | 12/19/09 | Randita

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!


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Here are a few I have enjoyed.

Life Is Beautiful (Italian) - 1997
Cinema Paradiso (Italian) - 1988
Amelie (French) - 2001
Rosenstrasse (German) - 2003
The Last Days of Sophie Scholl (German) - 2005

1 posted on 12/19/2009 2:01:18 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

Das Boot- German
Ran - Japanese


2 posted on 12/19/2009 2:02:27 PM PST by Mmogamer (<This space for lease>)
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To: randita

The Passion of the Christ


3 posted on 12/19/2009 2:02:36 PM PST by Dr. Sivana
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To: randita

Everything Jacques Tati ever did.


4 posted on 12/19/2009 2:03:01 PM PST by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: Mmogamer

Ran! What an incredible movie. A Japanese take on King Lear.


5 posted on 12/19/2009 2:03:58 PM PST by CompGeek
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To: Mmogamer

Das Boot - forgot that one. It was great!


6 posted on 12/19/2009 2:04:40 PM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Mmogamer

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!)


7 posted on 12/19/2009 2:05:25 PM PST by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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To: randita

A couple of recent movies you might enjoy

1. The Lives of Others - German
2. Il Divo - Italian


8 posted on 12/19/2009 2:05:51 PM PST by CompGeek
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To: randita

Whats Up Tiger Lily......


9 posted on 12/19/2009 2:05:57 PM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: randita

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
Das Boot
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)


10 posted on 12/19/2009 2:05:59 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Imagine a day when the politicians have to hold a bake sale to pay for votes!)
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To: randita
Ogniem i Mieczem - Jerzy Hoffman

Based on Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel, "With Fire and Sword".

Fire and Sword

11 posted on 12/19/2009 2:06:08 PM PST by Bon mots
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To: randita

Das Boot. Germany


12 posted on 12/19/2009 2:06:36 PM PST by SAMWolf (Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed. Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love)
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To: randita
The Seven Samurai (Japan) - 1954
Das Boot (Germany) - 1981
13 posted on 12/19/2009 2:06:48 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry. - Oliver Cromwell)
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To: randita

Super Fly (Ebonics) - (1972)


14 posted on 12/19/2009 2:07:54 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: randita

Das Boot - German
Chocolate - A Thai martial arts film. AWESOME.


15 posted on 12/19/2009 2:07:58 PM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: randita

Katyn - Polish


16 posted on 12/19/2009 2:07:58 PM PST by SAMWolf (Taxes are not levied for the benefit of the taxed. Lazarus Long, Time Enough for Love)
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To: CompGeek

I agree; The Lives of Others is one of the best movies ever, foreign-language or otherwise.


17 posted on 12/19/2009 2:08:20 PM PST by Bulldaddy
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To: Tijeras_Slim

LOL!


18 posted on 12/19/2009 2:08:55 PM PST by LiberConservative (Global Warming/'Climate Change": Biggest Scam in History)
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To: randita

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.


19 posted on 12/19/2009 2:09:02 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: randita

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


20 posted on 12/19/2009 2:09:34 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: randita

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.


21 posted on 12/19/2009 2:09:47 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: randita
My all-time favorite, the tale of how Tsar Peter married the poet Pushkin's great grandfather into Russian nobility:


22 posted on 12/19/2009 2:10:03 PM PST by wendy1946
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To: randita

Big Deal on Madonna Street - Italian - takeoff on Rififi


23 posted on 12/19/2009 2:10:35 PM PST by diefree
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To: Marie2

Let me add German films WITHOUT NUDITY, as in PG sort of rated? Those Europeans always seem to be strippin’ down...


24 posted on 12/19/2009 2:10:51 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: randita

“Riget” (1994) - Danish


25 posted on 12/19/2009 2:10:59 PM PST by seton89 (Al Gore is a greater perjurer than Titus Oates)
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To: CompGeek

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.


26 posted on 12/19/2009 2:11:43 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: icwhatudo

3 is Seven Samurai


27 posted on 12/19/2009 2:11:58 PM PST by OwenKellogg (GOE 1, July 4, Sep 12, and Nov 7 DC rallies)
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To: randita

Rocky


28 posted on 12/19/2009 2:12:10 PM PST by csmusaret (Pelosi and Reid have controlled Congress for two years. This is their recession.)
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To: icwhatudo

#3 Seven Samuri-duh lol


29 posted on 12/19/2009 2:12:13 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: randita; Kolokotronis
"The Island." Freeper Kolokotronis recommended it to me. Here's the Netflix blurb:

"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.

30 posted on 12/19/2009 2:12:22 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: Mmogamer

Yes two of my favorites too.

Also, Seven Samurai -Japanese 1954


31 posted on 12/19/2009 2:12:38 PM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: randita

Run, Lola, Run. Excellent German film


32 posted on 12/19/2009 2:13:31 PM PST by vidbizz
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To: RJR_fan
Das Boot
33 posted on 12/19/2009 2:13:36 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: Marie2
"Let me add German films WITHOUT NUDITY, as in PG sort of rated? "

Those are going to be some slim pickens. It's seems like all the better European films have at least some skin in them.

34 posted on 12/19/2009 2:13:51 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Marie2

Stalingrad.
you can dl it.


35 posted on 12/19/2009 2:14:32 PM PST by tired1 (When the Devil eats you there's only one way out.)
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To: randita
Well, I am quite sure you didn't intend to exclude foreign made silent films from the list. Therefore, if I may be so bold, I would like to offer my favorite foreign film of all time:



Fritz Lang's "Metropolis!"

Cheers
36 posted on 12/19/2009 2:14:51 PM PST by DoctorBulldog
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To: Marie2

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.


37 posted on 12/19/2009 2:15:21 PM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: Bon mots
"Ogniem i Mieczem"

Added to my netflix queue...

38 posted on 12/19/2009 2:15:26 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: OldDeckHand

“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.


39 posted on 12/19/2009 2:16:28 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: icwhatudo
"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."

"Hero?" With Jet Li? Such a GORGEOUS movie. Wow. Pure eye-candy.

40 posted on 12/19/2009 2:17:06 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: randita

Oops. Left out “Babette’s Feast.” Swedish, I think.


41 posted on 12/19/2009 2:18:23 PM PST by redhead (Redhead: That's me: Shovel ready, with the bullseye already on my back.)
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To: SAMWolf
Katyn - Polish

We just saw that one. Very good.

42 posted on 12/19/2009 2:18:23 PM PST by liege
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To: randita

Babette’s Feast


43 posted on 12/19/2009 2:18:28 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: OldDeckHand

those perverts!

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.


44 posted on 12/19/2009 2:18:28 PM PST by GeronL
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To: randita

Seven Samurai


45 posted on 12/19/2009 2:20:18 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: randita

Dersu Uzala - Russian/Japanese (1975)

46 posted on 12/19/2009 2:20:56 PM PST by csvset
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To: randita

La Nuit de Varennes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_Night_in_Varennes

Noir et Blancs en Couleur
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9805E4D71139E334BC4153DFB366838C669EDE

Tampopo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampopo

Toto les Heros
http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/reviews/Toto-the-Hero

Ma Vie en Rose (NOT La Vie en Rose)(somewhat PC but better than you might expect....)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_vie_en_rose

City of Lost Children
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_City_of_Lost_Children


47 posted on 12/19/2009 2:22:15 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: Gapplega

I watched this one after reading Medved’s take on it and found it very entertaining:

Ha-Ushpizin - Israeli - (2004)


48 posted on 12/19/2009 2:22:28 PM PST by randita (Chains you can bereave in.)
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To: GeronL
"I saw a Korean cop show once. "

I think Korean cinema is some the strangest movie-making out there, taking avant-garde to a whole other level. Very weird stuff.

49 posted on 12/19/2009 2:24:31 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: randita

Mark for later contribution.


50 posted on 12/19/2009 2:25:27 PM PST by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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