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Quiz 2020

No 34

Foreign Films


Set by Mel Kinsey


                                  Name the film

1/  A:1993 drama that explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, stars in a Peking opera troupe and the woman who comes between them; remains to date the only Chinese-language film to win the Cannes Palme d'Or. 

Farewell My Concubine

2/  Whoever thinks all animation is about 'cute' characters needs to see this gut-wrenching 1988 Japanese film that narrates the harrowing tale of two orphaned Japanese children during WWII. 

Grave of the Fireflies

3/ / This popular 1952 work of René Clément is set in wartime France and tells the heartbreaking story of two children who spend their time burying dead animals; it probably has the saddest ending in the history of movies.

Forbidden Games

4/  Ozu's 1953 film tells the story of an aging couple who travel to the titular city to visit their grown children but find their children are too absorbed in their own lives to spend much time with them; another classic of world cinema.    Tokyo Story

5/ Lengthy 1982 film from Ingrid Bergman that follows the lives of a brother and sister in an aristocratic Swedish family.   

Fanny and Alexander

6/ This 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl documenting a certain sporting event is controversial due to its political context; however it is still considered great as it pioneered advanced motion picture techniques that became industry standards.  


7/ Jean Renoir's 1937 classic set in a German POW camp that explores relations between 2 French officers and a German commandant.  

Grand Illusion

8/ This 1966 war classic of Gillo Pontecorvo has been critically celebrated and is often seen as an important commentary on urban guerilla warfare; set in an African country where France was the occupier.  

 The Battle of Algiers

9/ The title of this 1985 nine-hour thirty-six minute film by Claude Lanzmann literally means 'holocaust' in Hebrew.  


10/ This 1988 Italian work of Giuseppe Tornatore is a nostalgic evocation of his childhood as well as for the times when going to the movies was a pastime; lovingly shown through the eyes of an endearing child and his bosom adult buddy, this movie is sure to make you cry.

Cinema Paradiso

11/ This 1931 classic from Fritz Lang, often considered his best work, deals with the disturbing subject of child murders and stars Peter Lorre; can't be too difficult to guess a one-letter title. 


12/ This 1976 Russian classic by Larisa Shepitko must be one of the most powerful films ever on war; follows two soldiers who are trying to get supplies for their stranded group of partisans in the Russian winter during WWII.  


13/  This 1922 classic from F. W. Murnau is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, with details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel; introduced many vampire myths.   Nosferatu

14/ This 1977 Italian giallo horror film directed by Dario Argento is a cult classic; it follows an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to discover that it is controlled by a coven of witches.     


15/ This 1950 work of Kurosawa made from a story of Ryunosuke Akutagawa depicts a crime from multiple views and makes us question if there is anything such as absolute truth.


16/ Ang Lee's 2000 classic that is the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history; one clue - search for a stolen sword called the Green Dragon.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

17/ Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 movie -A Japanese romantic fantasy drama, and based on stories in Ueda Akinari's book of the same name. It is a ghost story and an example of the jidaigeki (period drama) genre.    Ugetsu

18/ :Probably the best work of the great Japanese animator Miyazaki, this 1997 period drama is set in lush forests during the late Muromachi period of Japan with numerous fantastic elements like mythical warriors, beasts and figures of magic.  

Princess Mononoke

19/ This 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li is often considered one of the greatest films to come out of China; tells the story of a young woman who becomes one of the concubines of a wealthy man during the Warlord Era.  

Raise the Red Lantern

20/ 1988 Spanish black comedy from Pedro Almodóvar; as the title indicates, its about melodrama, hysteria and ladies on the edge.   Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

21/  This 1959 French film by François Truffaut details the life of a troubled adolescent named Antoine Doinel; it title refers to an expression 'faire les quatre cents coups' which means 'to raise hell' and not to any punishment.  

The 400 Blows

22/ This classic 1989 Polish drama from Krzysztof Kieślowski consists of ten one-hour films, each of which represents one of the Ten Commandments, hence the title. 

The Decalogue

23/ This Iranian film from Abbas Kiarostami has an intriguing plot about a man who drives through a city suburb looking for someone who can carry out the task to bury him after he commits suicide.  

Taste of Cherry

25/ This 1927 film by Fritz Lang is considered the first sci-fi epic; set in an 'urban' dystopia, it explores the relations between workers and owners in capitalism.  


30/ A 1952 French comedy film directed by Jean Boyer and starring Bourvil and, in her first  film appearance, Brigitte Bardot.  

Crazy for Love


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