Best Non-American Film You Have Ever Seen?

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  1. Toucan_Sam1

    Toucan_Sam1 aka 2can Shakur

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    Amelie would be up there for me.....it's such a chick flick though, but it's pretty good
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  2. chickenwang

    chickenwang (the) state of the art

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    i saw "battle royale", a japanese flick, in philosphy class last week and it was quite gangsta. highly recommended.

    as for my favs...

    city of god, most likely
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  3. OrtizDupri

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  4. The Jeus

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    Tokyo Story, although Persona had potential, I just didn't get to watch all of it.

    The one i've seen most, though, is run lola run
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  5. The Jeus

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    I take that back, Night and Fog tops Tokyo Story
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    City of God


    Aren't I cool?
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    Y tu mama tambien and amores perros...so i'm kind of biased.

    city of god, oldboy, amelie were good too.
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  8. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama The Future!

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    wow, tough...

    my all-time fave: the good, the bad, and the ugly (italy) - meant to be viewed in english though... some mistakenly think italian is the language of choice

    others of note:

    - once upon a time in the west (italy) - same as tgtbtu
    - city of god (brazil)
    - yojimbo (japan)
    - sanjuro (japan)
    - the proposition (australia)
    - lone wolf and cub series (japan)
    - oldboy (korea)
    - amores perros (mexico)

    five films looking forward to (the jeus, sadistik, or anyone else, give me a quick thought on any of these you seen):

    - the leopard (italy)
    - l'avventura (italy)
    - la dolce vita (italy)
    - the seven samurai (japan)
    - ran (japan)
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  9. SadistiK1

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    Yessss, my favorite movie
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  10. SadistiK1

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    Great choices... On the five you listed on the bottom the ones Ive seen are:

    La Dolce Vita- Great film... A little long, and Fellini's work is sometimes hard to sit through to me a la Bergman... But its good, absolutely worth a watch.

    Seven Samurai- Lives up to the hype, incredible. Especially seeing more Kurosawa films in your favorites, youll love it.

    Ran- Excellent, Id almost say Underrated. Out of all the Kurosawa Ive seen this one is the easiest watch, but still full of all the poetic elements that make him great.

    Id recommend Rashamon from Kurosawa too if you havent seen that.







    To answer the question my favorite foreign films are:

    Oldboy
    Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    Sympathy for Mr Vengeance
    2046
    A Bittersweet Life
    Man Bites Dog
    Irreversible
    Funny Games
    Haute Tension
    I STand Alone
    Rashamon
    8 1/2
    Seven Samurai
    Ran
    Virgin Spring
    Seventh Seal
    Suspiria
    The Beyond
    Opera
    The Good The Bad and The Ugly
    City of God
    Amores Perros
    Battle Royale
    Salo
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  11. The Jeus

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    ^ i agree on the kurosawa's, and that fellini can be difficult. but no tarkovsky?

    I wanted to watch L'Avventura, but it was always checked out when I went to the library looking for it. I was going to buy La Dolce Vita today, but I never made it to Borders, maybe tomorrow.
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    Wow, really? I blind-bought Night and Fog and wasnt really that impressed with it for some reason.. I know its acclaimed and all that , maybe I missed something.

    And add A Tale of Two Sisters to my list
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  13. Riz

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    Dirty Pretty Things, City of God... Braveheart if it counts...
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    speaking of fellini, i sat down with 8 1/2 one evening and had to turn it off... it was the most boring first 20 minutes of a film i've ever seen

    in fairness though, i was kind of sleepy to begin with when i tried watching it, so maybe that had an effect. i want to be in one of those moods when i'm really alert and ready to focus sharply when i try watching one of his films again.

    i'm curious to see what all the fuss is about over the guy and this film in particular (the vatican even has it in its top 10 list!). fellini was a big influence on david lynch, who's one of my favorite directors, so i know there has to be something i will enjoy about his work.
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  18. The Jeus

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    I think it had such an effect on me at least in part because I had just finished reading a memoir of a holocaust survivor and watched a documentary by and about jews about the holocaust and how it's being capitalized now and how it had been co-opted as america's tragedy until 9/11. That was an interesting film itself. I wish I knew the name of it. It was on the Documentary Channel.

    But as for the film itself, I'll defer to Philip Lopate, who wrote the introductory essay for the Criterion Collection:
    "Finally, it may be well to take up the suggestion by Truffaut, quoted earlier, that Night and Fog has tremendous significance as a film against war, against violence itself. Movies that purport to dramatize “War is hell” almost inevitably make the experience of battle glamorous and exciting. Only by looking back reflectively and trying to understand the sufferings and disasters of history, “when there is nothing but ruins and desolation,” can we commit ourselves to prevent further atrocities."

    I think it's probably the most important film I've ever seen, as it relates to humanity and the relation of people toward each other.
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    + Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels.


    A Bittersweet Lie is one of the most under appreciated movies, i swear. Hardly anyone has head of it. It was easily the best film of last year imo, i went to see it in the cinema as soon as it dropped.
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  20. SadistiK1

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    8 1/2 only gets more boring... Its a very very difficult movie to sit through, but its one you can kinda appreciate when you think about it later. To be honest though, it felt to me like it could have ended 25 times before it did. I want to see La Strada as Ive heard its a better piece of his work, well see.

    And word up @ David Lynch wooooo
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