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Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby A » Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:02 am

Now, this is really something we need!
On a site devoted to foreign films, the best-of lists of the members are sure to reveal films that need to be seen (again (and again (and again )))
OK, I`ll start, and it was VERY difficult.
Here are my 100 (and one) favorite foreign films:
After trying very hard, I have to admit my failure in listing them from 1 to 100. Instead here`s a alphabetical list:

1900 (1976 / Bernardo Bertolucci / France, Italy, West Germany)
A Clockwork Orange (1971 / Stanley Kubrick / UK)
Alphaville, une trange aventure de Lemmy Caution "Alphaville" (1965 / Jean-Luc Godard / France)
Andrei Rublyov "Andrei Rublev" (1966 / Andrei Tarkovski / Soviet Union)
Aparajito The Unvanquished (1957 / India / Satyajit Ray)
Avalon (2001 / Mamoru Oshii / Poland, Japan)
Barry Lyndon (1975 / Stanley Kubrick / UK)
Blackmail (sound version / 1929 / Alfred Hitchcock / UK)
Blowup (1966 / Michelangelo Antonioni / UK)
Brother (1999 / Australia / Adam Benjamin Elliot)
Bu jian "The Missing" (2003 / Lee Kang-sheng / Taiwan)
Bungalow (2002 / Ulrich Khler / Germany)
Ch'ing shaonien na cha "Rebels of the Neon God" (1992 / Tsai Ming-liang / Taiwan)
Clo de 5 7 "Cleo from 5 to 7" (1961 / France, Italy / Agns Varda)
Code inconnu: Rcit incomplet de divers voyages "Code Unknown" (2000 / Michael Haneke / France)
Cra cuervos "Raise Ravens" (1976 / Spain / Carlos Saura)
Dare mo shiranai Nobody Knows (2004 / Japan / Hirokazu Koreeda)
Der Aufenthalt "The Turning Point" (1983 / Frank Beyer / East Germany)
Deus E o Diabo na Terra do Sol "Black God, White Devil" (1964 / Glauber Rocha / Brazil)
Die Bergkatze "The Wildcat" (1921 / Ernst Lubitsch / Germany)
Die Verfehlung (1992 / Heiner Carow / Germany)
Django (1966 / Sergio Corbucci / Italy, Spain, France)
Duo luo tian shi "Fallen Angels" (1995 / Wong Kar-wai / Hong Kong)
El Topo (1970 / The Mole / Alejandro Jodorowsky / Mexico)
El viaje The Voyage (1992 / Argentina, Mexico, UK, Spain, France / Fernando E. Solanas)
Eureka (2000 / Japan / Shinji Aoyama)
Few of Us (1996 / Lithuania, Portugal, France, Germany / Sharunas Bartas)
Frau fhrt, Mann schlft (2004 / Rudolf Thome / Germany)
Ganga Bruta (1933 / Brazil / Humberto Mauro)
God sobaki "The Year of a Dog" (1993 / Semyon Aranovich / Russia, France)
Goff in der Wste "Goff in the desert" (2002 / Heinz Emigholz / Germany)
Goto, l'le d'amour "Goto, Island of Love" (1968 / Walerian Borowczyck / France)
Hable con ella "Talk to her" (2002 / Pedro Almodovar / Spain)
Hana-bi "Fireworks" (1997 / Takeshi Kitano / Japan)
Haonan haonu Good Men, Good Women (1995 / Taiwan, Japan / Hsiao-hsien Hou)
Idioterne "The Idiots" (1998 / Lars von Trier / Denmark, and others)
Insomnia (1997 / Erik Skjoldbjaerg / Norway)
Jesus' Son (1999 / Alison Maclean / Canada, USA)
Jin-R "Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade" (1998 / Hiroyuki Okiura / Japan)
Klassenverhltnisse Class Relations (1984 / West Germany, France / Danile Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub)
Kkaku kidtai "Ghost in the Shell" (1995 / Mamoru Oshii / Japan)
L'amant "The Lover" (1992 / Jean-Jacques Annaud / France, UK, Vietnam)
L'appartement "The Apartment" (1996 / Gilles Mimouni / France)
L'enfant de l'hiver "Winters Child" (1989 / Olivier Assayas / France)
La Bte "The Beast" (1975 / Walerian Borowczyck / France)
La bte humaine The Human Beast (1938, France, Jean Renoir)
La Jete "The Pier" (1962 / Chris Marker / France)
La maman et la putain "The mother and the whore" (1973 / France / Jean Eustache)
Le Mpris "Contempt" (1964 / Jean-Luc Godard / France)
Les enfants du paradis "Children of paradise" (1945 / France / Marcel Carne)
Los Amantes del Crculo Polar "The Lovers of the Arctic Circle" (1998 / Julio Medem / Spain)
Los lunes al sol "Mondays in the Sun" (2002 / Fernando Leon de Aranoa / Spain)
Mai fu "Surveillance" (1997 / Jianxin Huang, Yazhou Yang / China)
Marseille (2004 / Angela Schanelec / Germany)
Mes petites amoureuses (1974 / France / Jean Eustache)
Moe no suzaku (1997 / Japan / Naomi Kawase)
Monsieur Hire (1989 / France / Patrice Leconte)
Moonlighting (1982 / Jerzy Skolimowski / UK, West Germany)
Mortelle randonne "Deadly run" (1983 / Claude Miller / France)
Moznosti dialogu "Dimensions of Dialogue" (1982 / Jan Svankmajer / Czechoslovakia)
My Life Without Me (2003 / Isabel Coixet / Spain, Canada)
Naked (1993 / Mike Leigh / UK)
Nebo. Samolyot. Devushka. "Sky. Plane. Girl" (2002 / Vera Storozheva / Russia)
Otaku (1994 / Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jackie Bastide / France)
Paris, Texas (1984 / West Germany, France / Wim Wenders)
Playtime (1967 / Jacques Tati / France)
Pola X (1999 / France / Leos Carax)
Possession (1981 / Andrzej Zulawski / France, West Germany)
Ran (1985 / Akira Kurosawa / Japan, France)
Ressources humaines Human Resources (1999 / France, UK / Laurent Cantet)
Rosa Luxemburg (1986 / Margharethe von Trotta / West Germany)
Rysopis "Identification Marks: None" (1964 / Jerzy Skolimowski / Poland)
Saint-Cyr "The Kings Daughters" (2000 / Patricia Mazuy / France)
Saikaku ichidai onna The Life of Oharu (1952 / Japan / Kenji Mizoguchi)
Snger frn andra vningen "Songs from the Second Floor" (2000 / Roy Andersson / Sweden)
Sayat Nova "Color of Pomegranates" (1968 / Sergej Paradjanov / Soviet Union)
Sedmikrasky "Daisies" (1966 / Vera Chytilov / Czechoslovakia)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000 / E. Elias Merhige / UK, USA, Luxembourg)
Son frre "His Brother" (2003 / Patrice Chereau / France)
Suna no onna "Woman in the Dunes" (1964 / Hiroshi Teshigahara / Japan)
Tenshi no tamago Angels Egg (1985 / Japan / Mamoru Osh)
The Butcher Boy (1997 / Neil Jordan / Ireland)
The Claim (2000 / Michael Winterbottom / UK, France, Canada)
The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989 / Peter Greenaway / UK)
The Piano (1993 / Jane Campion / Australia, New Zealand, France)
The Reflecting Skin (1990 / Philip Ridley / UK, Canada)
To vlemma tou Odyssea "Ulysse's Gaze" (1995 / Greece / Theo Angelopoulos)
Topzu "Tokyo Decadence" (1992 / Japan / Ryu Murakami)
Trois couleurs: Bleu "Three Colors: Blue" (1993 / Krzysztof Kieslowski / France, Poland, Switzerland, UK)
Trys dienos "Three Days" (1991 / Soviet Union / Sharunas Bartas)
Umberto D. (1952 / Italy / Vittorio De Sica)
Un chien andalou "An andalusian dog" (1928 / Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali / France)
Unter der Milchstrae "Under the Milky Way" (1995 / M.X. Oberg / Germany)
Uttara "The Wrestlers" (2000 / Buddhadev Dasgupta / India)
Verrckt bleiben - verliebt bleiben (1997 / Germany / Elfi Mikesch)
Xiao cheng zhi chun "Springtime in a small town" (2002 / Tian Zhuangzhuang / China)
Xich Lo "Cyclo" (1995 / Vietnam, France / Tran Anh Hung)
Ying xiong "Hero" (2002 / Zhang Yimou / China, Hong Kong)
Zhantai "Platform" (2000 / Zhang Ke Jia / China, Hong Kong, France)
Zina (1985 / Ken McMullen / UK)

By director:

Mamoru Oshi: 3

Jean Eustache: 2
Jean-Luc Godard: 2
Jerzy Skolimowski: 2
Sarunas Bartas: 2
Stanley Kubrick: 2
Walerian Borowczyck: 2

others: 1

By country:

France: 24
Japan: 11
UK: 11
Germany: 8
China: 4
Spain: 4
West Germany: 4
Italy: 3
Soviet Union: 3
Taiwan: 3
Australia: 2
Brazil: 2
Canada: 2
Czechoslovakia: 2
India: 2
Poland: 2
Russia: 2
Argentina: 1
Denmark: 1
East Germany: 1
Greece: 1
Hong Kong: 1
Ireland: 1
Lithuania: 1
Mexico: 1
Norway: 1
Sweden: 1
Vietnam: 1

By decade:

90s: 32
00s: 22
60s: 15
80s: 14
70s: 8
50s: 3
20s: 3
30s: 2
40s: 1


Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby wpqx » Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:08 pm

Well UK films are going here I take it, or at least that's how you laid it down. As far as co-productions, I'll keep it as this, any film that wasn't "eligible" for my American list, I'll put on this. I have some work to do to make the list, a lot of work actually, and seeing Rebels of the Neon God on your list, I think I should watch that first, because it is sitting on my floor right now. BTW, shame on you for not numbering. I'm probably not going to have enough patience to list every film by it's foreign as well as International title, so don't expect anything too technical. Where's John-5 when you need him, he was always good for lists.

Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby A » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:08 pm

Yeah, haven`t seen him for a long time actually - or better "read" hm...
I tried numbering for about 3 hours, but gave up after that. I can list my Top 30, and the bottom 30, but the films in between were too hard.

Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby trevor826 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:20 am

This is going to be tough but I'll give it a go, should have a list up in a few days.

Cheers Trev.

Sorry taking much longer than I expected, I need more time on the PC.

Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby Sara » Tue Sep 06, 2005 5:36 pm

Me, too. After the coming weekend.

I think I will do mine by directors.


Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby Sara » Wed Sep 21, 2005 7:15 pm

I'm going to try to do it very soon. One thing - my list will only be foreign language films. So where does that leave the UK and Australia since we did not include them in our Top US films? (Or at least I didn't.)

I think I will at least make a separate list of my top 50 UK/Australia/New Zealand films. There are some truly significant films from the UK, etc - and I want to make space for them since I only included US films in my other list.

What do you think?


Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby wpqx » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:00 pm

I like the separate list idea, which wouldn't be too bad. The only thing is A set the precedent and as you can see he included UK films. So it depends, if I want to fit more films, then I'll try the separate list, if not I'll copy his format.

Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby A » Mon Sep 26, 2005 12:31 am

Why shouldn`t UK and Australia be included? I thought we are discussing non-US films...

Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby Sara » Mon Sep 26, 2005 4:47 pm

I guess there are several ways we could do this. It seems in the "old days" there was a list of 100 Top Foreign Language films and another called 100 Top Foreign films (which I would understand would be non USA and would include films from the UK, Australia, etc.)

And now we have our Top 100 US films. And I did not include UK films in my list.

I'll go either way on this. It's all right, but it does seem that the UK and Australia and New Zealand got cut out of our USA list. I just don't want them to get short changed. A lot of folks think of British film not as foreign film.

Should we have a list of Top Foreign language film (non
English) and a list for Top English speaking films (US and UK, etc.?) Or a separate list for UK as we have a list for US films?

Some of you folks figure this out and I'll go along.


Re: Your 100 favorite foreign films

Postby Johndav » Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:16 pm

Not in English.

1.Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
2.Mirror (Tarkovsky)
3.Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky)
4.The Green Ray (Rohmer)
5.Celine and Julie go Boating (Rivette)
6.Maborosi (Kore-eda)
7.L'Avventura (Antonioni)
8.Alice in the Cities (Wenders)
9.La Regle du Jeu (Renoir)
10.Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
11.Tales of the Taira Clan (Mizoguchi)
12.Tokyo Story (Ozu)
13.Pather Panchali (Ray)
14.Story of the Late Chrysanthemums (Mizoguchi)
15.Abraham Valley (Oliveira)
16.Pierrot le Fou (Godard)
17.Innocence (Hadzihalilovic)
18.8 1/2 (Fellini)
19.The Colour of Pomegranates (Paradjanov)
20.The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski)
21.A Day in the Country (Renoir)
22.Howl's Moving Castle (Miyazaki)
23.Ugetsu Monogatari (Mizoguchi)
24.Late Spring (Ozu)
25.Eternity and a Day (Angelopoulos)
26.L'Atalante (Vigo)
27.The Life of Oharu (Mizoguchi)
28.Stalker (Tarkovsky)
29.Metropolis (Lang)
30.Spirit of the Beehive (Erice)
31.Persona (Bergman)
32.Orphee (Cocteau)
33.Pakeezah (Amrohi)
34.Claire's Knee (Rohmer)
35.Kings of the Road (Wenders)
36.My Night with Maud (Rohmer)
37.Les Enfants du Paradis (Carne)
38.Ulysses' Gaze (Angelopoulos)
39.Tale of Tales(Norstein)
40.Casque d'Or (Becker)
41.Hiroshima mon Amour (Resnais)
42.Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein)
43.Alexander Nevsky (Eisenstein)
44.Man with a Movie Camera (Vertov)
45.My Girlfriend's Boyfriend (Rohmer)
46.Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
47.La Grande Illusion (Renoir)
48.Cloud-Capped Star (Ghatak)
49.Nosferatu (Murnau)
50.Night of the Shooting Stars (Taviani bros)
Aguirre Wrath of God (Herzog)
The Return (Zvyagintsev)
Hidden Fortress (Kurosawa)
Madame de (Ophuls)
Ordet (Dreyer)
Werckmeister Harmonies (Tarr)
Senso (Visconti)
Gertrud (Dreyer)
The Human Condition (Kobayashi)
The Loyal 47 Ronin (Mizoguchi)
Rosetta (Dardenne bros)
Close up (Kiarostami)
The Wayward Cloud (Tsai)
Eureka (Aoyama)
Early Summer (Ozu)
Spies (Lang)
Fall of Leaves (Iosseliani)
Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai)
Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou)
Kwaidan (Kobayashi)
Close Up (Kiarostami)
Mughal-e-Azam (Asif)
The Leopard (Visconti)
Madchen in Uniform (Sagan)
The Chess Player (Bernard)
Contempt (Godard)
Miss Oyu (Mizoguchi)
The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky)
La Notte (Antonioni)
Ivan the Terrible (Eisenstein)
The Mother and the Whore (Eustache)
A Short Film about Love (Kieslowski)
The Gospel according to St Matthew (Pasolini)
The Only Son (Ozu)
Day of Wrath (Dreyer)
Goto, Isle of Love (Borowczyk)
Salt for Svanetia (Kalatazov)
Landscape in the Mist (Angelopoulos)
Three Colours Blue (Kieslowski)
What Time is it There? (Tsai)
Rase the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou)
My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki)
La Dolce Vita (Fellini)
Two Stage Sisters (Xie Jin)
Days and Nights in the Forest (Ray)
The End of Summer (Ozu)
The Saragossa Manuscript (Has)
The Testament of Dr Mabuse (Lang)
Gabbeh (M.Makhmalbaf)
The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo)

bubbling under:
Early Spring (Ozu)
Arsenal (Dovzhenko)
Mouchette (Bresson)
Chunhyang (Im)
Belle de Jour (Bunuel)
The Weeping Meadow (Angelopoulos)


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