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Foreign Films for Beginners

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:35 am
by FF-jason
Hello everyone,
I'd like to set up a section on the site that provides film recommendations for those just getting started. Help me compile a list of recommendations in this thread.

Thanks,
Jason

Re: Foreign Films for Beginners

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:32 am
by smurfrevolt
amelie could be on the list. chungking express, malena.

Re: Foreign Films for Beginners

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 11:35 am
by Gaz
Les 400 Coups
Fanny and Alexander
Wild Strawberries
Au Revoir les Enfants
Aguirre, Wrath of God
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Knife in the Water
Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources
La Haine
Y Tu Mama Tambien

Re: Foreign Films for Beginners

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2003 7:47 pm
by kcpuden1
Here's a few :

The Wind will Carry Us by Abbas Kiarostami

8 1/2 by Frederico Fellini (though this might be a bit much
for some beginner's)

L'Atalante by Jean Vigo

Kadosh by Amos Gitai

Three Colors Trilogy by K. Kieslowski

Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman

A Short film about Love by K. Kieslowski (or all of the
Dekalog)

Salaam Bombay by Mira Nair

Yomimibo By Akira Kurosawa

Bangkok Dangerous by the Pang Brothers

Viva L'Amour by Tsai Ming-Liang

Stanlingrad by Joseph Vilsmaier

Behind the Sun by Walter Salles

Vengeance is Mine by Imammura Shohei

Red Cherry by Zhang Li

Amores Perros by Alejandro G. Inarritu

Woman in the Dunes by Hiroshi Teshigahara

Open your Eyes by Alejandro Amenabar

Zero Kelvin by Stellan Skarsqard

Madadayo by Akira Kurosawa

Dersu Uzala by Akira Kurosawa

Tin Drum by Volker Schlondorff (though this one might be
be a bit much for some
beginners)

The Merchant of Four Seasons by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The Great Silence by Sergio Gorbucci Spaghetti Western

Diabolique by Henri George Clouzot

The Seventh Seal by Ignmar Bergman

Wooden Man's Bride by Jianxin Huang

High and Low by Akira Kurosawa

The Tree of Wooden Clogs by Ermanno Olmi (one of the best
movies I've ever
seen)

The Obscure Object of Desire by Luis Bunuel

Dairy of a Chamber Maid by Luis Bunuel

Belle De Jour by Luis Bunuel

The Road Home by Zhang Yimou (Had me crying like a baby)

Ordet by Carl Theodor Dreyer (might be a bit much for some
beginners)

Das Boot by Wolfgang Petersen (possibly the best war movie
ever)

Aquire the Wrath of God by Herzog (though mentioned, can't
be mentioned enough)

Repulsion by Roman Polanski

Sonatine by Kitano Takeshi

Killer by Darezhan Omirbaev

Human Condition Trilogy by Masaki Kobayashi

Eureka by Shinji Aoyama

Ali Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbiner

Audition by Takashi Miike (might be a tad scary for some)

The Sacrifice by Andrei Tarkovsky (might be a tad slow for
some)

Come and See by Elem Klimov

Barking dogs never bite by Joon-ho Bong

In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-Wai

Plenty more, but that's a good start.


Re: Foreign Films for Beginners

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 9:40 am
by groom_daniel
I'd tend to recommend films with a straight forward narrative. I know when I first started getting into foreign films it was because of films like Kurosawa's Rashomon and The Seven Samurai, and Bergman's Seventh Seal. Rashomon isn't exactly a straight forward narrative, but it's easy to understand that it's a story told from four different perspectives. Pather Panchali is a good film for beginners, a well told, conventional story with a good rhythm. Although, to be honest, something modern like Amelie really is perfect, especially given it's conventional ending. That isn't to say that new viewers can't appreciate a "cinema of ideas", I just think it's better to see the great storytellers first.