Foreign Language Films
Set by Mel Kinsey
From the description can you name the film?
1/ Luis Buñuel's film that stars Catherine Deneuve as a woman who decides to spend her days as a prostitute while her husband is at work.
Belle de Jour
2/ This 1988 Dutch film has a man searching for his lost wife and features perhaps the most disturbing ending in the history of cinema; remade by Hollywood into a more sanitized version in 1993.
3/ This 2001 animated classic can be called a Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland; tells the charming story of a girl called Chihiro who is lost in a magical world of spirits that come to visit a bath-house..
4/ Don't be fooled by the inviting title, this anti-war movie based on true incidents of WWII features a scene where people from an entire village, children included, are shoved into a barn that is set on fire.
Come and See
5/ This 1971 Taiwanese film directed by King Hu that is considered 'the' wuxia film features a princess on the run; the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes.
A Touch of Zen
6/ This 1993 German story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 German marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend's life; do keep watching if you don't like the way the story is turning out because you will see two more versions.
Run Lola Run
7/ This 2011 Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi is a recent addition to the list of foreign classics; a simple domestic incident escalates into a situation whose ramifications impact two families in a major way.
8/ This remarkable and Oscar-winning 2006 German drama shows the workings of the dreaded Stasi through the eyes of a cold agent Wiesler and has been called by some critics as the best movie they ever saw.
The Lives of Others
9/ This 1972 film was adapted by Andrei Tarkovsky from a classic sci-fi novel of Stanisław Lem and is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the titular planet.
10/ The classic 1955 French thriller - a murder is committed and the body disappears!
11/ The first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this delicious movie is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen. You will be hungry for a sumptuous meal after seeing this one.
12/ 1973 Spanish drama directed by Víctor Erice that shows the world through the eyes of a little girl named Ana who after watching the horror film Frankenstein begins to experience life using the elements of it.
The Spirit of the Beehive
13/ Francois Truffaut's film about the theatre during WWII; a Jewish director hides in the cellar for the duration of the war and his wife runs the theatre.
The Last Metro
14/ 1925 Classic, directed by Sergei Eisenstein. .The baby carriage on the steps - what, you want more?
The Battleship Potemkin
15/ This 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica is about a man and his son searching for the titular object.
Bicycle Thieves (or) The Bicycle Thief
16/ This 1997 Austrian thriller whose plot involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games is not so laughable.
17/ :Dark 1991 comedy set in a post-apocalyptic France; the story is set in an apartment building that is owned by a butcher specializing in a 'different' kind of meat; one of the wackiest movies you'll ever see.
18 Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director, is suffering from 'director's block.' This Fellini film's title is a pointer to the number of films he had made at that point of time.
19/ This 1960 classic that depicts the decadence of modern society introduced the word 'paparazzi' to the world; best remembered for Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi fountain - life is sweet.
La Dolce Vita
20/ 2002 Brazilian crime film by Fernando Meirelles that traces the devolution of a housing project from the 60s to the 80s and shows unflinching gang warfare.
City of God
21/ This 1928 film that saw the debut of the great Spanish director Luis Buñuel is best remembered for a scene in which a razor slices an eyeball.
An Andalusian Dog
22/ 1960 French romantic crime drama film from Jean-Luc Godard that is remembered today for its bold visual style and the use of jump cuts.
23/ 1954 world classic that follows the story of a village of farmers that hire a group of warriors to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
The Seven Samurai
24/ This 1955 debut of Satyajit Ray that follows the lives of two children in a Bengal village got him worldwide recognition.
25/ Another Kurosawa classic - this examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning via the construction of a public park.