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Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:56 am
by Precious Doll
Reza wrote:Finally caught up with Spain's first foreign film Oscar winner - "Volver a empezar". Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major" & Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" are both to this film what "Lara's Theme" is to Dr Zhivago. Was it the music that won over Academy members because the film is such a minor piece of fluff? And deathly slow. Jarring comic scenes clash with the warm but bittersweet sequences depicting an old man's return to his hometown after years as he connects with an old flame and an old buddy. Antonio Ferrandis as the old man is extremely good though.

I haven't seen three of the other nominees for that year (1982) but the french entry - Bertrand Tavernier's "Coup de Torchon" - is a way better film with wonderful performances by Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert and Stéphane Audran.


Very weak line-up, though it is surprising in retrospect that the Academy didn't award the Tavernier film. I do remember seeing To Begin Again, released in cinemas because of its win and thinking WTF - how did that win. I would have voted for Alsino and the Condor, a crudely made but rather topical film in its day. Flight of the Eagle is very minor Troell and though I found Private Life rather dull it had it admirers back in its day.

I'm now down to 'only' ten films from the Foreign Language category to see:

1958 - Arms and the Man (Germany)
1959 - Paw (Denmark)
1967 - El Amor Brujo (Bewitched Love) (Spain)
1967 - Portrait of Chieko (Japan)
1970 - Hoa-Binh (France)
1970 - Paix sur les Champs (Peace in the Fields) (Belgium)
1974 - The Truce (Argentina)
1975 - Sandakan No. 8 (Japan)
1984 - Double Feature (Spain)
1987 - Course Completed (Spain)

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:49 pm
by Reza
Finally caught up with Spain's first foreign film Oscar winner - "Volver a empezar". Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D Major" & Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" are both to this film what "Lara's Theme" is to Dr Zhivago. Was it the music that won over Academy members because the film is such a minor piece of fluff? And deathly slow. Jarring comic scenes clash with the warm but bittersweet sequences depicting an old man's return to his hometown after years as he connects with an old flame and an old buddy. Antonio Ferrandis as the old man is extremely good though.

I haven't seen three of the other nominees for that year (1982) but the french entry - Bertrand Tavernier's "Coup de Torchon" - is a way better film with wonderful performances by Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert and Stéphane Audran.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:46 pm
by Reza
Precious Doll wrote:Koto (Twin Sisters of Kyoto)


Available on YouTube with English subtitles.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:43 pm
by Reza
Precious Doll wrote:Tlayucan


It's available on YouTube but in Portugese. No English subtitles.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:57 am
by Precious Doll
Movie Detective has two more foreign language nominated films available. However, they are not on the website and you will need to email to request them for which you receive a PayPal invoice. The films are:

Koto (Twin Sisters of Kyoto)
Tlayucan

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:37 am
by Precious Doll
Movie detective has just listed three more hard to see Foreign Language nominees:

The Important Man
The Ninth Circle
Los Tarantos

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:31 am
by Precious Doll
Movie Detective have just listed another hard to see Foreign Language Film nominee on their site: The Year Long Road which is better known as The Road a Year Long.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:13 am
by Precious Doll
Movie Detective have just listed My Dearest Señorita on DVD for sale on their site. This is a very difficult title to track down and no doubt it is from the Spanish DVD with the English subtitles added.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:25 pm
by Conway
Going back to Reza's original list, since edited (updated) multiple times, and sticking to my favorites and/or favorite rarities from among those: MovieDetective.net has Harry and the Butler (I just ordered this and don't know if the movie is any good), Blood on the Land (where Mary Chronopoulou is strong in a supporting role), Pharaoh (search at the website = Faraon to avoid an English misspelling), The Boys of Paul Street, and Adalen '31 (search = widerberg 31). Also Live for Life (search = vivre pour vivre), which I almost quit watching, but then the eventual musical theme was good, as was the performance by Annie Girardot once her character became more developed, starting in both cases I think at the footbridge scene. MovieDetective.net also has The Flight of the Eagle, but J4HI.com (Just 4 the Hell of It), for several more dollars, supplies a case with nice cover art to go with the DVD-R. Close to Eden is best watched on the VHS if one can find it, because import DVDs of the movie from Russia and South Korea, even if one can find them, have Russian dubbed over the original Mongolian dialect, which is not at all good. The eleven YouTube installments for Close to Eden only have English subtitles (the CC button near the bottom right of the rectangular video) for the first two installments, but even so are worth a glance because they offer a hint of just how excellent the movie is. Daens so far is only on VHS, and hard to find. The DVD for A Place in the World is increasingly scarce, but if you can find it, be aware that it doesn't have chapters. There's also a VHS. The movie got yanked from the nominations, being credited instead to Argentina and disqualifying the Uruguayan submission. After the Wedding and Elling are both on normal DVD and are very dramatic and funny, respectively. Sandakan No. 8 and The Truce, one could find DVD-Rs for a while back on iOffer.com, but not currently. There's a normally available DVD for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, but a Google (search = sophie scholl white fortitude 1:55:51) will bring up a free YouTube. The DVD for White Bim Black Ear is a Russian import and hard to find anymore, but fortunately there's a pair of YouTubes, with clickable subtitles (the CC button), found by a Google (search = white bim black ear english subtitles). For The Glass Cell, another Google (search = die glaserne zelle eng subs) will likewise bring up a free YouTube. Divided We Fall is good, and there's a normal DVD for it. Beyond Silence, pretty good, and ditto on the DVD. Under the Sun appears to have gotten both rare and very expensive on normal DVD, but it looks like, on ebay, there's a South Korean import DVD (eBay searchbox search = under the sun lassgard). The issue there being that I haven't ordered it and don't know if the import DVD quality is any good.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:00 am
by Precious Doll
Turns out the Criterion release will be the original Swedish full length versions.

The American versions (i.e. shorter & dubbed) will not be included with this release.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:22 am
by Precious Doll
The Original BJ wrote:Well, well, well...

Today the Criterion Collection announced it will be releasing both a DVD and Blu-Ray box set of The Emigrants and The New Land.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


BJ, you just beat me to this. The running times are not stated but I couldn't imagine anything less than the Swedish television versions.

Criterion are also releasing Death by Hanging DVD & Blu Ray. I haven't been buying much from them lately but February will be a best line-up in ages. Can't wait.

Hopefully more Oshima to follow (i.e. Boy, The Ceremony, etc).

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:17 pm
by The Original BJ
Well, well, well...

Today the Criterion Collection announced it will be releasing both a DVD and Blu-Ray box set of The Emigrants and The New Land.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:47 pm
by Precious Doll
I have corrected my post. It should read The New Land - that it was I purchased from Movie Detective. However, I suspect that The Emigrants is also the full Swedish TV version.

I have only ever seen the U.S. dubbed cut version of The Emigrants. I really should purchase the version at Movie Detective but I'm hoping for a rumoured Criterion release.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:19 am
by Big Magilla
The U.S. release was cut by 40 minutes, but the Warner Home Video release was the full movie.

The Emigrants is available on Comcast/Xfinity On Demand for TV viewing, but is not available on-line.

Re: Unseen Foreign Film nominees

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:48 am
by Precious Doll
The New Land from Movie Detective is the Swedish Television version and has been taken from a Swedish DVD. I imagine the The Emigrants is the same. Funny watching The New Land for the first time a couple of months ago (the day after I got back from the Melbourne Film Festival with a shocking head cold) in that I could get some of the scenes which I imagine would have been cut out of the international cinema release.

There has been talk for sometime now of Criterion releasing these so the discs from Movie Detective will suffice until proper releases find there way.