Got some good foreign film suggestions for the uninitiated?

Bob McLaughlin

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A friend of mine is new to foreign movies and would like some suggestions. I had a few basic titles but I'd really like to hear what you would recommend to the newcomer. (I tried the search function but it is down right now.) Thanks!
 

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I dont know much about foreign film , but heres some I like:
Seven Samurai(One of the greatest films ever made)
Ran
The City Of Lost Children
Exotica
The Good The Bad and the Ugly
For a Few Dollars More
A Fistful of Dollars
The Seventh Seal
The War Zone
Shine
Last Emperor(Not sure if this qualifies, but what a great movie)
Lie Is Beautiful
Le Femme Nikita
Heavenly Creatures
Live Flesh
Trainspotting
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Do all Americans view Canadian films as foreign? I'm sure they do SEEM foreign compared to the crap released in Hollywood on a daily basis

JonZ's list has some great titles. If you like unusual films check out Jean Luc Godard's Alphaville (though you may get hooked and buy all his movies) Also check out the eerily beautiful Aguirre: The Wrath of God.
If you're already checking out Kurosawa movies (Ran, Seven Samurai) don't miss Ikiru there are no fight scenes or Samurai but it still manages to kick ass in it's own way.
BTW if you like Atom Egoyan's Exotica don't miss Calender or The Sweet Hereafter.
 

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Leaving out english-language films from the UK, Australia & New Zealand, I'd recommend:
France:
BEAUTY & THE BEAST (1946)
ORPHEUS (1949)
THE WAGES OF FEAR
DIABOLIQUE (1955)
RIFIFI
CLEO FROM 5 TO 7
LE BONHEUR
THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG
VIVA MARIA!
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK
SPIRITS OF THE DEAD
Germany:
NOSFERATU (1922)
METROPOLIS
FAUST
THE LAST LAUGH
M
TESTAMENT OF DR. MABUSE (1933)
THE 1000 EYES OF DR. MABUSE (1960)
AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
NOSFERATU (1979)
FITZCARRALDO
RUN LOLA RUN
Greece:
NEVER ON SUNDAY
Hong Kong:
MR. VAMPIRE
ZU, WARRIORS OF MAGIC MOUNTAIN
SWORDSMAN 2
POLICE STORY (Jackie Chan)
PROJECT A (Jackie Chan)
ARMOUR OF GOD (Jackie Chan)
OPERATION CONDOR: ARMOUR OF GOD 2 (Jackie Chan)
WHEELS ON MEALS (Jackie Chan)
A CHINESE GHOST STORY
THE KILLER (1989)
HARD-BOILED
THE HEROIC TRIO
THE BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR
Italy:
LA STRADA
NIGHTS OF CABIRIA
8 1/2
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
CINEMA PARADISO
ALLEGRO NON TROPPO
THE ICICLE THIEF
VOLERE VOLARE
BLACK SUNDAY (1960)
BLACK SABBATH
Japan:
THE SEVEN SAMURAI (directed by Akira Kurosawa)
THE HIDDEN FORTRESS (Akira Kurosawa)
YOJIMBO (Akira Kurosawa)
SANJURO (Akira Kurosawa)
RASHOMON (Akira Kurosawa)
IKIRU (Akira Kurosawa)
HIGH & LOW (Akira Kurosawa)
THRONE OF BLOOD (Akira Kurosawa)
THE BAD SLEEP WELL (Akira Kurosawa)
STRAY DOG (Akira Kurosawa)
KAGEMUSHA (Akira Kurosawa)
SAMURAI I
SAMURAI II
SAMURAI III
GODZILLA (1956)
RODAN (1957)
THE MYSTERIANS (1957)
THE H-MAN (1958)
MOTHRA (1962)
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964)
KWAIDAN
DAIMAJIN
RETURN OF DAIMAJIN
WRATH OF DAIMAJIN
BRANDED TO KILL
FEMALE CONVICT SCORPION: JAILHOUSE 41
LONE WOLF & CUB: SWORD OF VENGEANCE
LONE WOLF & CUB: BABY CART AT THE RIVER STYX
SHALL WE DANCE? (1996)
TAMPOPO
CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO (animated)
LUPIN III: THE FUMA CONSPIRACY (animated)
URUSEI YATSURA: BEAUTIFUL DREAMER (animated)
PROJECT A-KO (animated)
ROBOT CARNIVAL (animated)
TWILIGHT OF THE COCKROACHES (live-action/animated)
PRINCESS MONONOKE (animated)
South Africa:
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY
THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY 2
Taiwan:
EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
 

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You HAVE to check out one of my all-time favorite movies, Before the rain . I think it's from Macedonia. About 1/3 of it is in English. GREAT movie.
/Mike
 

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I'd say four really important films that would give you a really good grounding to branch out from are
The Grand Illusion
The 400 Blows
Seven Samurai
Grave of the Fireflies
 

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I'll second CINEMA PARADISO as an outstanding film. Another good coming of age film is BUTTERFLY (Spanish) set during the Spanish Civil War.
JEAN DE FLORETTE and the sequel MANON OF THE SPRING are two very fine French films.
If we're talking foreign films and not just foreign language films I'll also recommend GALLIPOLI, a great Australian film set in WWI and THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, one from Britain dealing with the British mob.
 

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Start with one actress: Catherine Deneuve.
-Belle De Jour
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Drama of the Rich
Woman With The Red Boots
Anima Persa
The Last Metro
Indochine
Frequence Meutre
are all wonderful french films that should set your freind down a good path.
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Don't forget about the Italian classic Suspiria. One of the all-time great horror films.
 

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Very good suggestions! May I add the original The Vanishing?
Cees
 

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From our website:
1 * The Passion of Joan of Arc * Dreyer * 1928
2 * The Bicycle Thief * De Sica * 1948
3 * Le Notti di Cabiria * Fellini * 1957
4 * Autumn Sonata * Bergman * 1978
5 * The Mirror * Tarkovsky * 1975
6 * The 400 Blows * Truffault * 1959
7 * Ikiru * Kurosawa * 1952
8 * Red * Kieslowski * 1994
9 * Summer * Rohmer * 1986
10 * In The Mood For Love * Kar-Wai * 2000
11 * Les parapluies de Cherbourg * Demy * 1964
12 * High and Low * Kurosawa * 1963
13 * Grande Illusion * Renoir * 1937
14 * Andrei Rublev * Tarkovsky * 1969
15 * Not One Less * Yimou * 1999
16 * Chloe in the Afternoon * Rohmer * 1972
17 * The Woman Next Door * Truffault * 1981
18 * Decalogue #6 ( 58 minutes ) * Kieslowski * 1988
19 * Insomnia * Skjoldbjærg * 1997
20 * My Night at Mauds * Rohmer * 1969
21 * Battleship Potemkin * Eisenstein * 1925
22 * Aviator's Wife * Rohmer * 1980
23 * Jean De Florette * Berri * 1986
24 * M * Lang * 1931
25 * Vagabond * Varda * 1985
26 * Sacrifice * Tarkovsky * 1986
27 * Mother and Son * Sokurov * 1997
28 * Small Change * Truffault * 1976
29 * Seven Samurai * Kurosawa * 1954
30 * Cleo from 5 to 7 * Varda * 1962
31 * White * Kieslowski * 1994
32 * Il Bidone * Fellini * 1955
33 * Ran * Kurosawa * 1985
34 * Decalogue #9 * Kieslowski * 1987
35 * Tampopo * Itami * 1986
36 * 47 Ronin * Mizoguchi * 1941
37 * Children of Heaven * Majidi * 1997
38 * Farewell My Concubine * Chen * 1993
39 * Chushingura * Inagaki * 1962
40 * Chun King Express * Kar-wai * 1994
41 * Flowers of Shangahai * Hsiao-hsien Hou * 1998
42 * Orpheus * Cocteau * 1949
43 * After Life * Koreeda * 1998
44 * A Single Girl * Jacquot * 1995
45 * The Seventh Seal * Bergman * 1957
46 * Live Flesh * Almodóvar * 1997
47 * Kikujiro * Kitano * 1999
48 * Beauty and The Beast * Cocteau * 1946
49 * The Last Metro * Truffault * 1980
50 * All About My Mother * Almodóvar * 1999
51 * Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie * Buñuel * 1972
52 * Babette’s Feast * Axel * 1987
53 * Strike * Eisenstein * 1925
54 * Testament of Orpheus * Cocteau * 1960
55 * The Eel * Imamura * 1997
56 * King of Masks * Wu * 1996
57 * Cinema Pardiso * Tornatore * 1988
58 * Raise the Red Lantern * Zhang * 1991
59 * Diva * Beineix * 1981
60 * Matter of Dignity * Cacoyannis * 1957
61 * Cabinet of Dr. Calagari * Wiene * 1920
62 * Manon of the Spring * Berri * 1986
63 * Woman in the Dunes * Teshigahara * 1964
64 * Fireworks * Kitano * 1998
65 * Vivre sa vie * Godard * 1962
66 * Color of Pomegranites * Paradzhanov * 1968
67 * Full Moon in Paris * Rohmer * 1984
68 * La Strada * Fellini * 1954
69 * Les Vacances de M. Hulot * Tati * 1953
70 * Day For Night * Truffault * 1973
71 * Das Boot * Petersen * 1981
72 * Jules et Jim * Truffault * 1961
73 * Aquiree, The Wrath of God * Herzog * 1972
74 * Color of Paradise * Majidi * 1999
75 * A Good Marriage * Rohmer * 1982
76 * Confidentially Yours * Truffault * 1983
77 * Whity * Fassbinder * 1971
78 * Grave of the Fireflies * Nosaka * 1988
79 * Deszu Uzala * Kurosawa * 1974
80 * Dodes Kaden * Kurosawa * 1970
81 * Amarcord * Fellini * 1974
82 * Central Station * Salles * 1998
83 * Wages of Fear * Clouzot * 1953
84 * Suzanne's Career * Rohmer * 1963
85 * The Bride Wore Black * Truffault * 1967
86 * Yojimbo * Kurosawa * 1961
87 * Black Orpheus * Camus * 1950
88 * Good Morning * Ozu * 1959
89 * Bed and Board * Truffault * 1970
90 * Ashes of Time * Wong * 1994
91 * Metropolis * Lang * 1927
92 * Beau Pere * Blier * 1981
93 * Fist of Legend * Chan * 1994
94 * In the Realm of the Senses * Oshima * 1976
95 * Happy Together * Wong * 1997
96 * Alphaville * Godard * 1965
97 * Stray Dog * Kurosawa * 1949
98 * The Sorrow and the Pity * Ophuls * 1969
99 * Legend of the Drunken Master 2 * Chia-Liang * 1994
100 * Run Lola Run * 1998
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From our website:
My Personal Top 100 Foreign Films:
1 * The Passion of Joan of Arc * Dreyer * 1928
2 * The Bicycle Thief * De Sica * 1948
3 * Le Notti di Cabiria * Fellini * 1957
4 * Autumn Sonata * Bergman * 1978
5 * The Mirror * Tarkovsky * 1975
6 * The 400 Blows * Truffault * 1959
7 * Ikiru * Kurosawa * 1952
8 * Red * Kieslowski * 1994
9 * Summer * Rohmer * 1986
10 * In The Mood For Love * Kar-Wai * 2000
11 * Les parapluies de Cherbourg * Demy * 1964
12 * High and Low * Kurosawa * 1963
13 * Grande Illusion * Renoir * 1937
14 * Andrei Rublev * Tarkovsky * 1969
15 * Not One Less * Yimou * 1999
16 * Chloe in the Afternoon * Rohmer * 1972
17 * The Woman Next Door * Truffault * 1981
18 * Decalogue #6 ( 58 minutes ) * Kieslowski * 1988
19 * Insomnia * Skjoldbjærg * 1997
20 * My Night at Mauds * Rohmer * 1969
21 * Battleship Potemkin * Eisenstein * 1925
22 * Aviator's Wife * Rohmer * 1980
23 * Jean De Florette * Berri * 1986
24 * M * Lang * 1931
25 * Vagabond * Varda * 1985
26 * Sacrifice * Tarkovsky * 1986
27 * Mother and Son * Sokurov * 1997
28 * Small Change * Truffault * 1976
29 * Seven Samurai * Kurosawa * 1954
30 * Cleo from 5 to 7 * Varda * 1962
31 * White * Kieslowski * 1994
32 * Il Bidone * Fellini * 1955
33 * Ran * Kurosawa * 1985
34 * Decalogue #9 * Kieslowski * 1987
35 * Tampopo * Itami * 1986
36 * 47 Ronin * Mizoguchi * 1941
37 * Children of Heaven * Majidi * 1997
38 * Farewell My Concubine * Chen * 1993
39 * Chushingura * Inagaki * 1962
40 * Chun King Express * Kar-wai * 1994
41 * Flowers of Shangahai * Hsiao-hsien Hou * 1998
42 * Orpheus * Cocteau * 1949
43 * After Life * Koreeda * 1998
44 * A Single Girl * Jacquot * 1995
45 * The Seventh Seal * Bergman * 1957
46 * Live Flesh * Almodóvar * 1997
47 * Kikujiro * Kitano * 1999
48 * Beauty and The Beast * Cocteau * 1946
49 * The Last Metro * Truffault * 1980
50 * All About My Mother * Almodóvar * 1999
51 * Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie * Buñuel * 1972
52 * Babette’s Feast * Axel * 1987
53 * Strike * Eisenstein * 1925
54 * Testament of Orpheus * Cocteau * 1960
55 * The Eel * Imamura * 1997
56 * King of Masks * Wu * 1996
57 * Cinema Pardiso * Tornatore * 1988
58 * Raise the Red Lantern * Zhang * 1991
59 * Diva * Beineix * 1981
60 * Matter of Dignity * Cacoyannis * 1957
61 * Cabinet of Dr. Calagari * Wiene * 1920
62 * Manon of the Spring * Berri * 1986
63 * Woman in the Dunes * Teshigahara * 1964
64 * Fireworks * Kitano * 1998
65 * Vivre sa vie * Godard * 1962
66 * Color of Pomegranites * Paradzhanov * 1968
67 * Full Moon in Paris * Rohmer * 1984
68 * La Strada * Fellini * 1954
69 * Les Vacances de M. Hulot * Tati * 1953
70 * Day For Night * Truffault * 1973
71 * Das Boot * Petersen * 1981
72 * Jules et Jim * Truffault * 1961
73 * Aquiree, The Wrath of God * Herzog * 1972
74 * Color of Paradise * Majidi * 1999
75 * A Good Marriage * Rohmer * 1982
76 * Confidentially Yours * Truffault * 1983
77 * Whity * Fassbinder * 1971
78 * Grave of the Fireflies * Nosaka * 1988
79 * Deszu Uzala * Kurosawa * 1974
80 * Dodes Kaden * Kurosawa * 1970
81 * Amarcord * Fellini * 1974
82 * Central Station * Salles * 1998
83 * Wages of Fear * Clouzot * 1953
84 * Suzanne's Career * Rohmer * 1963
85 * The Bride Wore Black * Truffault * 1967
86 * Yojimbo * Kurosawa * 1961
87 * Black Orpheus * Camus * 1950
88 * Good Morning * Ozu * 1959
89 * Bed and Board * Truffault * 1970
90 * Ashes of Time * Wong * 1994
91 * Metropolis * Lang * 1927
92 * Beau Pere * Blier * 1981
93 * Fist of Legend * Chan * 1994
94 * In the Realm of the Senses * Oshima * 1976
95 * Happy Together * Wong * 1997
96 * Alphaville * Godard * 1965
97 * Stray Dog * Kurosawa * 1949
98 * The Sorrow and the Pity * Ophuls * 1969
99 * Legend of the Drunken Master 2 * Chia-Liang * 1994
100 * Run Lola Run * 1998
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