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Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2002 8:46 pm
by patsfan86
I gave my opinion a few posts ago that my favorite country for foreign films is Japan. However, when it comes to directors, I don't think any country, as a whole, can compare to France. The quality and quantity is incredible!

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 12:28 am
by javajunkie75
For me, it's a toss up between French & Italian cinema. Bread & Tulips was terrific. I'm SO looking forward to Pinocchio. I love Roberto Benigini (sp). Then there's Amelie, Under the Sand, and The Trouble with Harry.

Ciao.

java

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 4:46 am
by J-Man
Some people are just plain turned off by the french cinema, it's one of those things I feel that you either like it or you don't and if I had to choose a fantastic french director I would choose Bresson although I have yet to see one of his films, they interest me more than the other french filmmakers.

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 4:43 pm
by admin-2
I wonder where CURT is. Is he still with us? Did we loose him because some of us didn't take his query seriously? If we did, then it is a loss for ALL OF US. Any new convert to "foreign" film is a blessing. Perhaps we should have embraced him an "brought him along". We could have talked TO instead of AT him. Oh Well...

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2002 2:49 am
by Curt46n2
I'm right here, admin2! I've been reading all these posts and they are very helpful. It's giving me a good idea of what films to look into. I was just kidding about the ninja thing. I watched Seven Samurai and loved it. I also saw City of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It was brilliant. That is why I'm getting into foreign films. I'm sick of formulaic Hollywood crap.

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2002 3:44 am
by patsfan86
Here's a few more suggestions. Anything by Renoit( Grande Illusion, Rules of the Game ), Bergman( Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona ), and Russian Cinema( Battleship Potemkin, Cranes are Flying, Come and See ). And a great Kurosawa film that is not of the samurai genre is Dersu Uzala. Happy watching!

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2002 6:16 am
by J-Man
Perhaps I should rectify some of what I said earlier, I mean I am fully intent on seeing such a film as Weekend as it interests me much, but in general I don't think I like frencs cinema that much because of the humanism/realism element. And I know that that is a generalisation in itself, so I will see some more films before forming what my taste is for french films, it's just that to me they seem different than quite a few other countries. Like when people say that that is such a french film, well for me that maybe kind of turns me off and as I'm sure you can tell by now I prefer films with more interesting elements than just mere humanity and realism, in fact I usually prefer them. But if a realism/humanistic film comes along that's entertaining to me, then I will think twice before passing judgement.

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2002 3:08 am
by annelibrary
My favorites are often from mainland China (Zhang Yimou, Wai Kar-Wai or Iran. However, I'm quite eccletic- one of my favorites is Divided We Fall which is from the Czech republic.

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2002 3:43 am
by Arletty
Good question. It made me stop and think about it. Fassbinder, Lang & Wenders give the rest something to live up to so possibly Germany but it's hard to go past Bergman and Kurosawa and Renoir as the masters.

Re: What country has the best foreign films?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2002 3:51 am
by Arletty
You may enjoy the Iranian film, The White Balloon directed by Jafar Panahi.