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Foreign film poll

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Foreign Film Poll

Italy
4
13%
France
9
29%
Germany
5
16%
Sweden
1
3%
Russia
3
10%
Spain
2
6%
Mexico
0
No votes
Japan
3
10%
China
2
6%
Other
2
6%
 
Total votes: 31

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Re: Foreign film poll

Postby charliechaplinfan » July 16th, 2013, 8:53 am

When I came across a country who's films I liked I added more to my rental list, which had interesting consequences, I really discovered world cinema blindly, without and knowledge which led to some interesting discoveries, like Realm of the Senses, I wasn't ready for that one. Overall I enjoyed discovering movies in this way, then I got to know pretty quickly what directors I liked and what stars, I'd watch anything with Marcello Mastroianni or Vittorio Gassman in for instance and I'd watch anything directed by Ophuls or Lubitsch.
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Re: Foreign film poll

Postby JackFavell » July 16th, 2013, 12:33 pm

I read a lot of movie books growing up, (my sister had quite a few, since she was 6 years older, and my parents had shelves full of books) and I just read whatever was in the house, since reading was my favorite pastime. These books spurred me to see foreign films, and classic movies because they said you should see X number of films in your lifetime. Movies like Grand Illusion and La Strada and Late Spring and Earth were in my consciousness early on, even though I hadn't seen them. And then there was the PBS station in Chicago which was a TREASURE TROVE of foreign films - Pygmalion (I know it doesn't seem foreign, but it was to me), The 400 Blows, Eisenstein, Metropolis, and Le Million - all of these were on TV when I was around 9-16 years old, so I got some fantastic stuff at a very early age. Then I kind of went into a fallow phase, until videos came out, and then it was more modern foreign films, movies like Jean de Florette, The Wedding Banquet, Tampopo, Red White and Blue, and the Canadian films by Hal Hartley.

Only more recently have I gone back and tried to pick up on the ones on those lists that I hadn't seen initially.

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Re: Foreign film poll

Postby JackFavell » July 16th, 2013, 3:07 pm

You were so lucky. What a great way to grow up, watching movies in a movie house! That's wonderful!

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Re: Foreign film poll

Postby JackFavell » July 16th, 2013, 5:09 pm

That's wonderful, Masha, the way you write it conjures up quite a picture for me. Your uncle sounds rather brave. you should write a movie about him and your movie experiences. Maybe Maven can direct it. :D

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Re: Foreign film poll

Postby Lucky Vassall » February 5th, 2014, 3:43 pm

Masha wrote:I thank all who have commented!

I love that there is so much variation and that some had to qualify their votes. That speaks so much of the nature of the movies and of those who watch them. :)

I am surprised that Ingmar Bergman has not inspired more people to delve into Swedish movies. Or perhaps people have done so and found them lacking in some way?



Hardest poll I've ever taken. Limiting it to three choices was the problem. Every country (including all the English-speaking countries) comes up with at least a few really great or at least really enjoyable films.

France was easy; "Four Hundred Blows" has always been my favorite film, and all the new wave films I've seen have been worth the time. Not surprising that France is so far ahead. I suspect the problem with Mexico is that we have the spectacular "Los Olvidados" and just about nothing else.

Truth: I included Sweden, because of Bergman of course, before I read Masha's comment. Watched "Sunday's Children" (Sondagsbarn 1992) for the first time last week. Directed by Daniel Bergman, but written by Ingmar. The master hasn't lost his touch!

And thanks, Masha, for thinking of this. It proved to be even more fun than I expected. Hope this post will encourage others to get their two cents in. Come on, prove you're not JUST a Hollywood junky!
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