Got some good foreign film suggestions for the uninitiated?

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  1. 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 [​IMG]
    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
     
  6. Chauncey_G

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    Das Boot! Nobody's said DAS BOOT!
     
  7. Richard Kim

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    The 400 Blows is another one not mentioned yet.
     
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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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    One great Internet resource is Strictly Film School:
    http://www.filmref.com/index.html
    It's a side project from the HTF's own, Pascal A.
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    Very good suggestions! May I add the original The Vanishing?
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    I would recommend Kieslowski's "Three Colors".
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    Great stuff, guys. This will keep my friend busy watching movies for a long time!
     
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    Don't forget Pedro Almodovar's "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown".
     
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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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