Thursday, July 29, 2010

Movie Night!

I love going to the movies. However, I tend to stick to films made in English and my exposure to foreign films is limited to Bollywood. 
So, #39 on my List is to Watch all the Oscar Winners for Best Foreign Language Film from 1980-present. I realize the Oscars are not the best measure of foreign cinema, but I do think they are a good place for me to start. There’s no particular reason that I am choosing 1980 as a start point, except that I sometimes like to round off numbers (though I do like arbitrary prime numbers as well!) and 30 years before I started this blog seems like a good number! Also, I think 30 movies to catch up on seems doable but I reserve the right to add to this number at some point! 

So the movies are as follows -
  1. Moscow does not believe in tears (1980)
  2. Mephisto (1981)
  3. Volver a Empezar (1982)
  4. Fanny & Alexander (1983)
  5. Dangerous Moves (1984)
  6. The Official Story (1985)
  7. The Assault (1986)
  8. Babette’s Feast (1987)
  9. Pelle the Conquerer (1988)
  10. Cinema Paradiso (1989)
  11. Journey of Hope (1990)
  12. Mediterraneo (1991)
  13. Indochine (1992)
  14. Belle Epoque (1993)
  15. Burnt by the Sun (1994)
  16. Antonia’s Lina (1995)
  17. Kolya (1996)
  18. Character (1997)
  19. Life is Beautiful (1998)
  20. All About my Mother (1999)
  21. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
  22. No Man’s Land (2001)
  23. Nowhere in Africa (2002)
  24. The Barbarian Invasions (2003)
  25. The Sea Inside (2004)
  26. Tsotsi (2005)
  27. The Lives of Others (2006)
  28. The Counterfeiters (2007)
  29. Departures (2008)
  30. El secreto de sus Ojos (2009)
I have only seen six of them.
I loved El secreto de sus ojos. It was the perfect cocktail of story, characters and treatment of the former two. 
The Counterfeiters was strong and provocative. 
The Lives of Others is one of those films that stayed with me long ofter I watced it – I was so moved my the simplicity and beauty of the story. Ulrich Muhe is brilliant. 
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was breathtaking with a compelling story and beautifully choreographed action sequences. 
Life is beautiful is one of my favorite movies of all time but I think I would find it difficult watch again simply because I was so emotionally spent the first time I saw it, it made me laugh, cry and it broke my heart. 
Cinema Paradiso is another one of my favorites – nostalgic, innocent and sentimental (but not sappy).
Tonight I am watching Fanny & Alexander, I am really looking forward to it, its an Ingmar Bergman film, so my expectations are already sky high!

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