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I have seen two Foreign Films....and I loved them!

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Postby Keb » Tue May 13, 2008 11:44 pm

Zero wrote:As popular cinema has improved and become more sophisticated populist literature has been getting dumber and dumber. The 70s are where it all levels out, for me at least.
Please give this man a prize.

Although I disagree with the 70s. I'd say more like the 60s.
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Postby Zero » Wed May 14, 2008 12:39 am

Yeah, but I like a lot of beat generation stuff and finds that it doesn't really start to fade into mediocrity until the rise of Stephen King. I don't like to pick him out here but along with Crichton and Grisham he's fairly emblematic of what I'm talking about. At the same time films like Godfather and French Connection were being made and succeeding. Criticise Jaws for creating the 'summer blockbuster' but it's still a skilfully made movie that doesn't dumb itself down.

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Postby nietoperz » Wed May 14, 2008 12:55 am

Elling is actually one of my favourite films of all time! Jon, if you enjoyed it I'd like to recommend a Swedish film called 'Together' ('Tillsammans' in Swedish). It's equally as lovely, really. :-)
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Postby DeadFett » Wed May 14, 2008 2:07 am

House, as a film student, you really need to watch some Kurosawa films. Seven Samurai, Sanjuro and Yojimbo are my three favorite from Kurosawa. They're actually high on my list of favorite movies. Another foreign film I would recommend is Man Bites Dog.
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Postby L Independant » Wed May 14, 2008 8:04 am

Amelie is my favorite film. If I have a shitty day, I just pop it in.

Pan's Labyrinth is...remarkable. Ingenious.

El Orfanato (The Orphanage) scared the shit out of me. And seriously messed me up for over a week. I want to buy it, but I'm scared to. Seriously.

The City of Lost Children is really awesome. I think it was Ron Perlman's first lead role, and it's in French. He does a great job as One, and I want to adopt that little girl with the black ringlets and the big brown eyes and attitude.

The City of God...chilling. Violent. Brilliant. A must see.

I echo the sentiments about the Seven Samurai. Also, check out anything by Ingmar Bergman, namely The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. Those are two of the best of his films. I've seen others, but there are reasons those are cited among his top films (R.I.P). The Seventh Seal also originated the idea of playing chess against Death.

Leon actually counts as foreign as it is a French film (though in English).

British comedies? The best!

There are a ton of Irish films to name, and I'm only going to name the funniest: Waking Ned Devine.

Hope that keeps you going. Those are the popular ones. There are a TON out there (you found two I haven't heard of, for instance).

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Postby Jonathan » Wed May 14, 2008 8:45 pm

nietoperz wrote:Elling is actually one of my favourite films of all time! Jon, if you enjoyed it I'd like to recommend a Swedish film called 'Together' ('Tillsammans' in Swedish). It's equally as lovely, really. :-)


Thanks, Houman; I'll look for it. I also want to see the sequel/pre-quel of Elling.

EDIT - Thanks Shawn and Tony! I'll start looking those up and finding copies. I'm really digging European cinema right now, though...with the exception of a film I saw several months ago in a Film History class - Breathless (1967). French and very disjointed. But it was part of French New Wave, so there you go.

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Postby KingPagla » Wed May 14, 2008 9:06 pm

DeadFett wrote:House, as a film student, you really need to watch some Kurosawa films. Seven Samurai, Sanjuro and Yojimbo are my three favorite from Kurosawa. They're actually high on my list of favorite movies. Another foreign film I would recommend is Man Bites Dog.
Yeah, I had to read his post a few time and I still have trouble believing it.
A film student who as never watched a Kurosawa film? :shock:
Next thing you know, he'll say he's never seen any Eisenstein.
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Postby Jonathan » Wed May 14, 2008 9:07 pm

MechaKingPagla wrote:Yeah, I had to read his post a few time and I still have trouble believing it.
A film student who as never watched a Kurosawa film? :shock:
Next thing you know, he'll say he's never seen any Eisenstein.


Eisenstein?

:? :oops:

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Postby KingPagla » Wed May 14, 2008 9:20 pm

Jonathan wrote:Eisenstein?

:? :oops:

Oy! :roll:


Are there any actual Film Classes at your Film School?



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Postby Jonathan » Wed May 14, 2008 9:30 pm

MechaKingPagla wrote:Oy! :roll:


Are there any actual Film Classes at your Film School?



:P


Sure, we just don't watch many movies - that's more for directing and theory, which is more of NYU's kinda thing. We're a tech school - they teach us how to put up the lights, operate the cameras, that kinda stuff. But they cover the whole thing - everything from scriptwriting to post-production and producing.

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Postby KingPagla » Wed May 14, 2008 9:40 pm

Absolutely essential viewing for anyone even just interested in film making.
Especially structure and editing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec
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Postby Jonathan » Wed May 14, 2008 9:41 pm

MechaKingPagla wrote:Absolutely essential viewing for anyone even just interested in film making.
Especially structure and editing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps-v-kZzfec


Ah, thanks, James. I'll watch that later. I gotta get to bed for class in the morning in a few, but I'll make sure to take a gander.

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Postby KingPagla » Wed May 14, 2008 9:52 pm

I was afraid that recommending The Odessa Steps was a bit clinched, but after watching it again just now (it's been years), I'm reminded that some things are studied endlessly for a reason.

Really great stuff!
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Postby KingPagla » Wed May 14, 2008 9:54 pm

Oh, and I gotta look for Elling...
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Postby Jonathan » Wed May 14, 2008 9:55 pm

MechaKingPagla wrote:Oh, and I gotta look for Elling...


It's so good. SO, so good....

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