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  • OnTheAisle
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    I have enjoying the recent best lists. Posters have prompted me to go back and watch some great, and in  a couple of instances, not so great films.

    I thought it would be interesting to read what foreign films are valued here.

    My favorites chronologically:

    1949 Italy The Bicycle Thief

    1956 Italy La Strada

    1957 Italy The Nights of Cabiria

    1983 Sweden Fanny & Alexander

    1998 Italy Life is Beautiful

    I was surprised both by how many winners are from Italy and how many I loved. Upon thinking about it, I think these film show a perspective of innocence. In American films, children are wise crackin’ miniature adults who do not act like children. In these films, you can understand innocence and perhaps recall it in your youth.

     

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    Tom
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    I agree with three of your choices:

    1949 – The Bicycle Thief (Italy)
    1983 – Fanny & Alexander (Sweden)
    1998 – Life is Beautiful (Italy)

    My two additions would be:

    2000 – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan)
    2012 – Amour (Austria) 

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    KT
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    I was surprised both by how many winners are from Italy and how many I loved. Upon thinking about it, I think these film show a perspective of innocence. In American films, children are wise crackin’ miniature adults who do not act like children. In these films, you can understand innocence and perhaps recall it in your youth.

     

    Have you seen Cinema Paradiso?  Go see it!  I was fascinated that there are two different cuts: the theatrical version + a much longer director’s cut in which the main character actually reconnects with his lover.  Harvey Scissorhands strikes again!

    Bergman and Fellini and DeSica dominated this category.  They never lost when nominated (the first two)!  There are some very strong wins.  The Bicycle Thief and Rashomon were presented honorary awards before there was a category—two of the most important films ever.  Virgin Spring is great.  I still can’t believe Au Revoir Les Enfants didn’t win the Oscar.

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    Gabriel
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    Bicycle Thieves indeed. One of the greatest films of all time.

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    KyleBailey
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    I hate Life is Beautiful but my picks are: 

    Pan’s Labryinth (Best Art Direction, Cinematography, Make Up) 
    La Vie en Rose (Best Actress, Make Up) 
    Letters from Iwo Jima (Best Sound Editing) 
    The Great Beauty (Best Foriegn Film 2013)
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Best Foriegn Film 2000, Art Direction, Original Score, and Cinematography)  
     

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    marcelo
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    Forbidden Games
    Rashomon
    8 1/2 
    La nuit Americaine
    Amarcord 

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    babypook
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    Great thread!

    Let_s see…

    Only five….but I almost always cheat so

    Chronological order

    Rashomon

    Z

    Dersu Uzala

    Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

    Fanny and Alexander

    Ok that takes me to 1983.

    Strictly from the “winners”, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is the only other FLF that I would consider replacing one of the above. It truly kills me that Kurosawa_s Ran isnt up there for a win.

     

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    babypook
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    [quote=”OnTheAisle”]

    I was surprised both by how many winners are from Italy and how many I loved. Upon thinking about it, I think these film show a perspective of innocence. In American films, children are wise crackin’ miniature adults who do not act like children. In these films, you can understand innocence and perhaps recall it in your youth.

     

    Have you seen Cinema Paradiso?  Go see it!  I was fascinated that there are two different cuts: the theatrical version + a much longer director’s cut in which the main character actually reconnects with his lover.  Harvey Scissorhands strikes again!

    Bergman and Fellini and DeSica dominated this category.  They never lost when nominated (the first two)!  There are some very strong wins.  The Bicycle Thief and Rashomon were presented honorary awards before there was a category—two of the most important films ever.  Virgin Spring is great.  I still can’t believe Au Revoir Les Enfants didn’t win the Oscar.[/quote]

    I am with you here, except for accolades for The Bicycle Thief. I appreciate the film, but allow me to admit that for me, it was a slog, a chore to get through, redundant, almost pointless, so that by the end, I didnt much care about anything being wrapped up. Honorary my ass.

    Jmho.

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    OnTheAisle
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     I still can’t believe Au Revoir Les Enfants didn’t win the Oscar.

     

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     It truly kills me that Kurosawa_s Ran isnt up there for a win.

    For me it was the loss of Pan’s Labrynith to The Lives of Others that still sticks in my craw.

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    manakamana
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    The Bicycle Thieves (Italy)

    A Separation (Iran)

    8½ (Italy)

    Nights of Cabiria (Italy) 

    Rashoman (Japan) 

    Three of my favorites are Italian but all very distinct from one another (and two Fellinis). I do think I would peg Italy, Iran and Japan as my three favorite stages of world cinema ever as well.  

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    Gain
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    The Lives of Others.

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    Jake
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    Since 2000

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    The Sea Inside
    The Lives of Others
    A Separation
    The Great Beauty 

    Top 5 among nominees and non-winners
    Pan’s Labirynth
    Waltz with Bashir
    The White Ribbon
    In Darkness
    The Hunt

    Unfortunately I’ve not seen enough older winners to decide overall – certainly something to catch up. 

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    Akash Vijay
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    Winners-

    1) 8 1/2
    2) La Strada
    3) Z
    4) Amacord  
    5) The Lives of Others 

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    Filmatelist
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    In chronological order:

    Shoeshine (1946)
    8 1/2 (1963)
    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
    Fanny and Alexander (1983)
    A Separation (2011) 

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    MHS83
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    One of my minor pet peaves is when a thread asks for a specific number and then people respond with more than the question asks.  What part of “top 5” did you not understand??  Well, everyone on this thread has been great about following the rules and I’m going to be the dork who can’t comprehend what “top 5” means. 

    Like Babypook, I find it so hard to limit myself to 5.  Unlike Babypook, I am not disciplined enough to edit my llist down.  I tried to break them into tiers but I just like these 10 so much I couldn’t do it.  There are many others that I enjoy that didn’t make this list.  There are some winners that I think “meh” but I don’t begrudge them their wins even if they beat something I like much better (looking at you Babette’s Feast) and there are some winners (usually eastern European) that I just..don’t…get.

    Here are by 10 favorite:

    The Bicycle Thief
    Mon Oncle
    Black Orpheus
    The Shop on Main Street
    Z
    Dersu Uzala
    Fanny and Alexander
    Cinema Paradiso
    Life is Beautiful
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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