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Old 8th Feb 2010, 22:58
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Best foreign language film.

Reading the thread about the movie Avatar got me thinking of some of the more enjoyable films I have seen. Some years ago I had a girlfriend who lived near the small cinema near the fire station in Kings Road in Chelsea. This cinema used to show a fair number of foreign language films with sub-titles.

It stands to reason that talented film makers are not restricted to English speaking nations and we saw some very good films. Anybody have some good recommendations?

Two that I enjoyed were:

Indochine (French with sub-titles) starring Catherine Deneuve. Synopsis here.

and a really black comedy, again French with sub-titles, called Delicatessen. Synopsis here.

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Old 8th Feb 2010, 23:08
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Lives of Others [German] and Downfall [also German]
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Mongol (2007). I would venture to guess you haven't heard of anybody in it. Doubtless doesn't hold up to historical scrutiny, but it's a whole lot of fun to watch.
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About 50 years ago I first saw Jacques Tati's M. Hulot films, and still try to catch them on their rare re-runs.

Also from the same era Ballad of a Soldier (russian)
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I'd have to agree that 'Downfall' must be up there in my top ten. Also this one, a fantastic adaptation of Les Miserables (NOT the musical), into the first 60 years of the 20th century: Les misérables (1995)

I'm not the only one to have liked it. See reviews of JP Belmondo’s film Les Miserables: Les misérables (1995)
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Best foreign language film.

Trainspotting...
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The 1953 Wages of Fear starring Yves Montand, one of the great suspense films.

Plenty of extracts on YouTube.
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Easy, "Das Boot"
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Das Leben der Anderen & Gomorra are pretty good.
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Das Boot is a great film. My favourites though are 'Himalaya' & 'Le Maitre de Musique'. Both have some of the most wonderful music I've heard.
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French films do it for me, as mentioned above "Wages of Fear" is a first class thriller and Jacques Tati's "Le Jour de Fete" will have you rolling in the aisles.
Two others, "Rififi" a bank robbery that became the model for many real life break-ins and one of the funniest films, certainly with kids, "La Guerre des Boutons".
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 05:18
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Angel Here's a few out of the top of my head ....

Stalingrad (Germany)
Good-Bye Lenin! (Germany)
Drei Chinesen mit dem Kontrabass (Three Chinese with a double bass) (Germany) - wiki article only in German
Bang Boom Bang (Germany) - wiki article only in German
Dobermann (France) [also very violent, odd but good]
La Haine (France)
Ne le dis a personne (France) based on Harlan Coben's novel
Indigenes (Days of Glory) (France)
Y tu mama tambien (Mexico)

(click on link to see info on wiki)

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As a young man growing up I watched allot of interesting German films, I could not always understand the dialogue but it was very easy to get an accurate idea of what was going on.

I found most of these films had a very strong middle sequence but the ending was generally the same and predictable, I found that they could only keep my attention for a few minutes before my initial enthusiasm was expelled!
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For Netflix subsribers in the USA.....they have a swoop of excellent foreign films for instant viewing! These are the ones I can remember from the past couple of weeks.

Katyn
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Stalingrad
Omagh
Che
The Disappeared
All's Quiet on the Western Front
All the King's Men
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Old 9th Feb 2010, 08:03
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Another vote for Delicatessen. Great movie.

In no particular order:

Les Bronzes font du ski
La haine
Les disparus
Das boot
Amelie
Lola Rennt
Kontroll (Hungarian, great movie)
Y tu mama tambien
Les Ripoux
Cinema Paradiso
Three colours trilogy
Etre et Avoir - not a movie, but a documentary.
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Best foreign language film

Crocodile Dundee?
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Already mentioned here, so another vote for:

Goodbye Lenin (German)
The Lives of Others (German)
Amelie (French)
Cinema Paradiso (Italian)

But I'd also like to add:

Il Postino (Italian)
Burnt by the Sun (Russian)
Andrei Rublev (Russian)
Solaris (Russian) - the original 1972 one.
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