An aspiring film student in need of help

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An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby rorschachxii » Tue Dec 23, 2003 3:56 am

My name is Dan and I just began to study film in school. I have already viewed quite the number of American films and became interested in foreign films such as "Run Lola Run", "Irreversible", "Europa,Europa", "Its a beautiful life", "Cinema Paradiso", and a number of Kurosawa flicks. I really enjoy foreign films and would like to gain more knowledge in the field. I would like to request a list( of the top 20) of what you guys think are the best foreign films that I could start out with. Also I'd like to say that I would prefer more modern films; mainly 1990's up to now. French, German, Czech, Brazilian, drama, comedy, or war, I'm open to all.( I love French and German the most so far) I appreciate it very much and send out advanced thank yous.

Re: An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby jpmccusa-1 » Tue Dec 23, 2003 4:31 am

In no particular order:
1. 400 Blows (France)
2. Yojimbo (Japan)
3. Reflecting Skin (Canada)
4. Island on Bird Street (Denmark; in English)
5. Kikujiro (Japan)
6. Olivier Olivier (France)
7. Murmur of the Heart (France)
8. Stolen Children (Italy)
9. Ratcatcher (Scotland)
10. Wild Strawberries (Sweden)
11. La Dolce Vida (Italy)
12. Year My Voice Broke (Australia)
13. Pelle the Conqueror (Denmark)
14. Io Non Ho Paura (Italy)
15. Nostradamus Kid (Australia)
16. Butcher Boy (Ireland)
17. Address Unknown (Korea)
18. Le Jeune Werther (France)
19. Leolo (Canada)
20. Devil's Backbone (Spain)

Re: An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby kcpuden1 » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:02 am

In no order :

A Time for Drunken Horses (Iran)
The Wind will Carry us (Iran)
The Day I Became a Woman (Iran)
Chungking Express (Hong Kong)
Salaam Bombay (India)
Apu Trilogy (India)
Bangkok Dangerous (Thailand)
Vive L'Amour (Taiwan)
Vengenace is Mine (Japan)
Zero Kelvin (Norway, I think)
Dersu Uzala (Japan)
The Merchant of Four Season's (German)
The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Italian)
The Road Home (China)
Aquirre the Wrath of God (German)
Eureka (Japan)
Come and See (Russian)
Closely Watched Train (Czech)
In the Mood for Love (Hong Kong)
The King of Mask (China)
La Terra Trema (Italy)
Stroszek (German)
To Live (China)
The Isle (Korea)
Birdcage Inn (Korea)
Failan (Korea)
Christmas in August (Korea)
Persona (Sweden)
Not One Less (China)
Spirit of the Beehive (Spain)
So Close to Paradise (China)
Sennen-Tabito (Japan)
Twilight Samurai (Japan)
Suzhou (China)
Marriage is a crazy thing (Korea)
Virgin Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (Korea)

I limited myself to only DVD's which I own and watched. I also, tried to limit myself to more recent, unless the older movie is so great, it has to be mentioned. I know I went over your limit of 20, sorry, too many great movies to limit to 20. Much, much more could be listed.

Re: An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby fugl_foeniks » Tue Dec 23, 2003 7:36 pm

You should see:
1) Spirit of the Beehive (Spain/available on R2-DVD)
2) Aguirre, Wrath of God or The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Germany/both available on R1-DVD, I think)
3) Buñuel films like Viridiana, The Discreet Charm of the Burguoise or his earliest surrealist films (Viridiana does only exist in VHS, The Discreet charm.. in R1 Criterion DVD)
4) Roma or something else made by Fellini (Italy/available on R1-DVD, I think)
I don't think you shoud limit yourself to films made after 1990. There is not very much going on in Europe and Asia (or Latin America, or Africa..) these days. I also recomend you to explore Anmerican independent cinema (if you haven't done that already). You should see Gummo, made in 1997 by 23 year old Harmony Korine, the most fascinating and radical film of all films made after 1990 in my opinion. It was hailed by directors like Herzog and Bertolucci when it was released. John Cassavetes, the father of US independent cinema, is also a man you need to explore. Good luck!

Re: An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby groom_daniel » Tue Dec 23, 2003 9:01 pm

Some of the best films I've seen from the 90's:

Ashes of Time, Wong Kar Wai
The Actress, Stanley Kwan
A Brighter Summer Day, Edward Yang
The Puppetmaster, Hou Hsiao Hsien
Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee
Sopyonje, Im Kwon Taek
Hana-Bi and Sonatine, Beat Takeshi Kitano
The Eel, Shohei Imamura
Maborosi and After Life, Hirokazu Koreeda
Raise The Red Lantern, Zhang Yimou
Ju Dou, To Live and Not One Less, Zhang Yimou
The Blue Kite, Tian Zhuangzhuang
Through the Olive Trees, Abbas Kiarostami
Live Flesh, Pedro Almodovar
Three Colors: Red, Krzysztof Kieslowski
The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan
An Autumn Tale and A Summer Tale, Eric Rohmer
A Heart in Winter and Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud, Claude Sautet
Secrets and Lies, Mike Leigh

Re: An aspiring film student in need of help

Postby wpqx1 » Sat Dec 27, 2003 7:58 pm

Well I'll actually give you an order.
1. 8 1/2
2. Weekend
3. To Live
4. Napoleon
5. La Dolce Vita
6. Landscape in the Mist
7. Andrzej Wajda's War Trilogy (A Generation, Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds
8. Color of Pomegranates
9. The Grand Illusion
10. The Man With a Movie Camera
11. The Conformist (Good luck finding it)
12. The Seventh Seal
13. Jules and Jim
14. The Bicycle Thief
15. Solaris
16. Last Tango in Paris
17. The Exterminating Angel
18. Ran
19. The Passion of Joan of Arc
20. Wild Strawberries
I'll stop there because you asked for twenty.

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