In Contention’s 15 Greatest Foreign Language Films


John Foote over at In Contention has assembled a list of the 15 greatest foreign films and I thought it was worth passing along to all of you. For the rest of the article please visit the source.

1. “The Rules of the Game”
2. “Seven Beauties”
3. “The Tin Drum”
4. “Breathless”
5. “Beauty and the Beast” (1946)
6. “Nosferatu the Vampyre” (1979)
7. “Das Boot”
8. “City of God”
9. “Downfall”
10. “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner”
11. “Day for Night”
12. “Ran”
13. “8 1/2″
14. “Cries and Whispers”
15. “The Bicycle Thieves”

I haven’t seen any of the above films, but have wanted to get my hands on Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. It takes place in the far north and was receiving a lot of buzz on the CBC. Lists like this remind me that I need to watch more foreign film. I don’t have an aversion to foreign film, nor do I mind subtitles; they are just not usually available at my local rental shops. Now that I am spending some time in Hollywood, I should probably take advantage of the superior selection.

Foreign films that I would like to mention are Babette’s Feast, Shaolin vs. Llama, Crippled Avengers, 5 Element Ninjas, Hard Boiled and Amazon Jail (today is my birthday).

International Friends: what foreign language films do you enjoy? Please give us your picks.

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