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#1 of 27 OFFLINE   Caleb Penner

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Posted July 05 2002 - 06:57 PM

Recently, I've become more interested in other languages.(than English)

Could you recommend to me some movies worth seeing that are in multiple languages within the same movie?

Examples include:
The Bourne Identity: A little bit of French and German.
The Red Violin: Lots of French, German and Italian.

I can speak English and French, and am working on my German. I know enough to (barely) get by in Germany.

Thanks in advance. I expect many responses to my first thread.

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#2 of 27 OFFLINE   MichaelAW


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Posted July 05 2002 - 07:04 PM

Dances with Wolves is in English and Lakota. Odds are that it'll be in the top two or three of any films named in this thread.
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#3 of 27 OFFLINE   Bruce Hedtke

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Posted July 05 2002 - 07:46 PM

Don't forget Bottle Rocket where the spanish translations are used to hilarious effect.

Are you looking soley for films with multi-lingual dialogue? What about films that have only one language?

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#4 of 27 OFFLINE   JessV



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Posted July 05 2002 - 07:46 PM

Traffic has a good bit of Spanish in it. Lone Star might have some Spanish too.

#5 of 27 OFFLINE   Caleb Penner

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Posted July 05 2002 - 08:01 PM

Thanks guys.

Bruce, I'm only looking for movies with multi-languages. It doesn't matter which languages, English doesn't even have to be one of them.

Hey, I just thought of another one: Babette's Feast, in Danish and a little French.

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#6 of 27 OFFLINE   Zane Charron

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Posted July 06 2002 - 01:57 AM

'The Savior' and 'The Peacemaker' both have quite a bit of Serbo-Croation. Although technically a French film, 'Grand Illusion' is all in French and German.

Of course, any foreign film will work. Plenty of good ones out there, especially from Criterion.

You might try 'Incubus' to brush up your Esperanto. Hell, 'Trainspotting' might even qualify. Posted Image

#7 of 27 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted July 06 2002 - 02:34 AM

Renoir's Grand Illusion, which features French, German and English.

#8 of 27 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 06 2002 - 05:25 AM

Autumn Sonata is in Swedish and English
Rohmer's Summer is in French but has one scene played in German and English.
Patton is in English and German.
Fox And His Friends is in German, French, and a few lines of English.
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#9 of 27 OFFLINE   Mark Kalzer

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Posted July 06 2002 - 06:06 AM

Uhhhh....Star Wars?
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#10 of 27 OFFLINE   Iain Jackson

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Posted July 06 2002 - 06:36 AM

The Godfather and especially The Godfather Part II has a lot of Italian in it (Robert de Niro was the first actor to win an Oscar for a role not primarily in the English Language, I think).
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#12 of 27 OFFLINE   Caleb Penner

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Posted July 06 2002 - 06:20 PM

Thanks. I'll try to rent these sometime.

I thought of Starwars, but it doesn't count because they aren't "Real" languages. I mean Klingon is more of a language than "Huttese" or R2's language.

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#13 of 27 OFFLINE   Rex Bachmann

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Posted July 06 2002 - 06:53 PM

Caleb Penner wrote:

Could you recommend to me some movies worth seeing that are in multiple languages within the same movie?

This is in no way a recommendation, since I haven't ever seen more than snippets of the movie in tv reviews, but

Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Warner Bros., 1985) with (plenty of?) Japanese dialog would seem to fit the bill.

John Boorman's Excalibur (1981) has a snippet or two of Old Irish in the "charm of making" heard several times at crucial points in the story ("anal nathrach . . . ."). (Unfortunately for authenticity's sake, the Arthurians would have been speaking Old Welsh or Cornish, and not Irish, in medieval Britain.)
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#14 of 27 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted July 07 2002 - 03:44 AM

8 1/2- Italian, French and English

Barry Lyndon- English, German and French

Three Kings- English and Arabic

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Posted July 07 2002 - 04:05 AM

Try the HONG KONG IMPORT (R0 by Universe Laser&Video is the legit one) NOT the upcoming dubbed and butchered Dimension version of Jackie Chan's The Accidental Spy. Half the movie is in English, half in Cantonese with a dash of Korean in a few places

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Posted July 07 2002 - 06:30 AM

The Longest Day- English, French, and German

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Posted July 07 2002 - 01:29 PM

You definately want to check out both No Man's Land and Dark Blue World.

Back and forth between languages all the time. NML has several languages and deals with it as a major issue at times.

Monsoon Weddding has characters using basically a constant mix of languages in a way that they are accustomed to.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding has a good mix of Greek and English, though it is mostly an English film. There are several very funny language jokes in there.

Yi-Yi is a good one because you have different Asian characters using English as the common language at one point, which is pretty interesting.

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Posted July 07 2002 - 01:47 PM

Steven Spielberg's


Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Schindlers List

Saving Private Ryan

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#19 of 27 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted July 07 2002 - 04:24 PM

Under the Sand (French and English).
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Posted July 08 2002 - 04:33 PM

I haven't seen these:

Eat A Bowl of Tea
Joy Luck Club

but I believe that they have a fair bit of Chinese (dunno if it's Cantonese or Mandarin, maybe even both) in them, apart from English of course. oddly enough, I don't think The Last Emperor actually had any spoken Mandarin in it, not that I remember anyway.