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Foreign Films - split topic from Birdman
« on: March 31, 2015, 01:04:51 PM »
Beemaster, if you liked the way it uses fantasy and reality, watch Pan's Labyrinth, a movie set in the Spanish Civil War period, written and directed Guillermo del Toro.  I think it was the first fantasy movie to win an Oscar for foreign film, in 2007(?).
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Re: Foreign Films - split topic from Birdman
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 10:03:51 PM »
Pan's was interesting, it got a lot of phrase and I think deserved.

A movie (very likely in this "movies forum") that isn't a slight of hand trick, keeping us guessing when and where we are - just a well weaved plot of characters in a three hour movie that will always be in my to 20 list: Magnolia. Made by the same director as Boogie Night's, Magnolia also has many of the same actors.

I won't redo a review, I'll just say that if you haven't seen it, it is a good three hours used and watch it close to see the relationships of the many characters, I think in book form, I would either be utterly confused or spellbound - not sure which.

Boogie Night's if I could sum it in one sentence is the story of a adult film producer (Burt Reynolds) trying to evolve as his genre goes from theaters to VHS tape! There... that sums it up and might not sound like Steve's cup of tea, but a movie that still has a story to tell and does a pretty good job! Mind you, it is no Magnolia, but if you are studying film styles, they are two good ones to compare.



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Re: Foreign Films - split topic from Birdman
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 11:31:28 PM »
I've always been partial to some of the better French movies, because the film makers seem to expect the viewer to be a participant, in a way -- to have a role in the interpretation of the work, rsther than being just an observor.  I can't offhand give an example of this, but let's see if you agree.
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2015, 09:40:36 AM »
I watch a lot of foreign movies (often French or Spanish).  Some I love.  Some I hate.  Sometimes I can't figure out what the point was...  But they are always NOT hollywood cliches... and that I always appreciate.
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Re: Foreign Films - split topic from Birdman
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 03:27:03 PM »
Okay, so we're talking foreign films - one leads the pack for me - Tampopo.

I saw this movie a very long time ago, and in this video short it starts to give you the impression of what the movie was aiming at: making you appreciate the delicate and full bodied (the yin and yang) of good raman. Nothing more complicated than the search for the best bowl of noodles, a metaphor surely, but a quest that will make you hungry if you appreciate good soup.

Although you expect this to break out into a Kung-fu movie, I promise it doesn't, it is just what it is - about the quest.

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Re: Foreign Films - split topic from Birdman
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2015, 03:49:16 PM »
Another I just have to mention - Life is Beautiful. This can be found dubbed in English and it loses nothing, actually it helps us slow readers - ugh.

A beautiful love story turns tragic when a man, wife and small boy are herded into a concentration camp. The unlikely part about a small boy being kept in the camp alive is done well, you don't need to suspend belief too much there.

The father tells the boy they are there as part of a game to get points and the first to reach the goal gets a tank. The fathers only goal is to keep the horror of the camps from the boy as they slowly march toward the end of the camps - can they survive, no one knows the end is coming, no one knows when the game will end.

Great film.







But I'll include a few trailers in case you have not seen this powerful, yet captivating film.
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