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[Sunday
]

pale_odalisque
 i am dying to find out the name of this film. it showed on Sundance's "in short" section as a french short film. i looked on the website, but they didn't list this movie. anyway, it's about a young woman who gets into a traffic accident and she is reviewing her life. it shows shots of how her friends react to the news, and she's narrating exactly what they would do and there are past flashbacks with her and her boyfriend. i found it a very moving and powerful film. in the beginning her friends are all doing normal things.. playing tennis, putting on a puppet show for little kids, someone in a pool on the swim team. also the boyfriend's name is mathieu and the friend that calls is benjamin.

if you know the name of this movie,  PLEASE get back to me. <3

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Werner Herzog Films [Monday
]

hollow_leg76
I just saw a really enjoyable interview with Werner Herzog, and I'd like to see some of his films. Can anyone suggest some good titles? Thanks.

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Italian neorealist cinema in postage stamps. [Wednesday
]

gallianoparfait





This set of four 1988 Italian stamps commemorated four films associated with the neo-realist era in Italian cinema after World War II. Luchino Visconti's wartime-made Ossessione was a relentless and gritty film-noir about lust and murder that attempted to unshackle the cinematic conventions of the fascist era. Roberto Rossellini's Open City, about partisan fighters and resistance to the Nazis in occupied Rome, was an overwhelming groundbreaker. The Bicycle Thief of Vittorio De Sica poignantly pitted a desperate man and his son against the injustices of an indifferent society. Giuseppe De Santis' Bitter Rice mixed sex, violence, and social struggle and found audience appeal. To discuss the period in terms of only these four films is to trivialize it and omit some of the Italian cinema's vaster breadth and scope during that time, but each is indeed a worthwhile film. The first three of this group are also genuine cinematic masterpeices of enormous import and influence.

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[Thursday
]

applenoire
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does anyone know which mastroianni movie this still is from? 
i'd love to see it. i hope someone knows.

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Someone capped Fellini. [Monday
]

gallianoparfait
Someone just did captures for one of my favorite Italian films of all time, the 1957 Nights of Cabiria or Le notti di Cabiria by Federico Fellini. Take a look at the marvelous images. See this film!
http://community.livejournal.com/film_stills/386992.html

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[Tuesday
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mocassin
anyone know anything about this? i just ran into the website when browsing for something else, will there be an LA showing?

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Padre Padrone. [Thursday
]

gallianoparfait

Encouraging bestiality in high school!

After class one day, my department head came in with a grim look on his face. "I hear you are showing the kids a film about sex with animals," he said. He wanted me to explain why.

Now, when I used to teach high school Italian, I generally showed students one feature film of merit each quarter. A number of years ago I showed to a class of mature juniors (oxymoron?) the celebrated film by the Taviani Brothers by the name of Padre Padrone. The movie is based on the autobiographical story of Gavino Ledda, raised by a tyrranical father who removed him from school to tend sheep in the Sardinian countryside. Later, as an adult and with the education he received in the Italian military and beyond, Ledda rebelled against his father and the patriarchal authoritarianism endemic to that society. The ignorant boy ultimately became a professor of linguistics and wrote a book detailing this life-altering story of rebellion and self-discovery.

The film by the Taviani brothers follows the book and story of Ledda from childhood to after his college education. Part of the narration deals with the secluded life of the shepherd boys, and there is a scene, which though not pornographic, clearly depicts boys having sex with donkeys and other animals. One young lady in the class complained to the administration and my department head relayed all this to me.

My salvation came when the class dean said to me, "Oh yes, my wife was talking about that movie. It's a great work of art. Don't worry about it."

Case settled, but I never risked showing this sublime film again. Actually, I had taken a class to see it in a movie theatre over a decade earlier. Not one parental or studental eyebrow had been raised then. Anyway, if you haven't yet seen it, run out and rent Padre Padrone, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. The film won a top prize at Cannes and I saw the North American premiere at the 1977 Montreal World Film Festival, with the directors on hand to introduce their acclaimed creation.

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Join Peliculas [Sunday
]

mispeliculas
J o i n


Hi guys. We set our sights on portraying films that aren’t widely reviewed. Most importantly we don’t want to marginalize films because that would restrict further climb! We’re fond of supplemental film information, the criterion collection and friends. This site is updated often. Thanks.

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[Friday
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mocassin
hello all

i'm new to the community. i just saw a robert bresson film au hasard balthasar and really found bresson an interesting director. the way he used a donkey to portray certain human life experiences/emotions was amazing. anyone familiar with his films and could recommend some?

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Recommendations, por favor? [Friday
]

onthe___edge
Hello all. A newbie here and not just to the community. I've always admired foreign culture and ci, foreign films as well. Ages ago (in addition to watching "La Vita E Bella [Life Is Beautiful]" years and years ago in school plus "Malena" too) I caught the movie "Fanfan" (starring Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz...that's the title, I think) and a few months ago, "Mar Adentro [The Sea Within]" on TV.

I liked them (as well as a couple of random foreign films I was able to catch on TV such as "La Finestra di Fronte [Facing Windows]" with Raoul Bova) and I've really gotten into foreign movies since then. I recently saw the infamous "Y Tu Mama Tambien [And Your Mother Too]" (though I've been aware of it and what it was way before) and I just LOVED it. I chose to see "La Mala Educacion [The Bad Education]" then "Amores Perros [Love's A Bitch]" (Gael fan, obviously ;) and I adored the 2 as well.

Very recently (and I mean yesterday!), I was able to get "Diaros de Motocicleta [The Motorcycle Diaries]" and "Cidade de Deus [City of God]" though I haven't had the chance to watch either yet. Well with that said...

Can you please recommend to me more similar/worthwile contemporary foreign films, particularly Spanish language films?

Thank you so much/muchas gracias! I can't wait to watch more worthwile films. Bless and nice to meet you all! ;)


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[Monday
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gallianoparfait
The film_stills community has a nice array of captures posted of two Italian film masterpieces. Check both out. Then see these great films, especially if you haven't.
The Leopard:
http://community.livejournal.com/film_stills/300006.html
Fists in the Pocket:
http://community.livejournal.com/film_stills/299732.html

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Y Tu Mamá También subtitles? [Thursday
]

_eleka_nahmen_
[ mood | arrrrrrrrgh. ]

I bought Y Tu Mamá También from the local indie video store a few days ago as a post-finals treat for myself (I've been meaning to see it forever). I was so excited they had it that I, being the moron that I am, forgot to check which version of the film it was. Turns out, it's the version FROM MEXICO so there are no English subtitles. >< I tried to watch it, depending on my 4 years of Spanish in high school for translation, but it's not working out. I only catch bits of the quick conversations. And since I'm in college (thus, dirt broke) I don't have my own TV/DVD player, so I can't get them THAT way either, and my laptop won't automatically do subtitles. Gar.

If anyone has the DVD with English subtitles and woulldn't mind uploading the .sub file, or just has the subtitles file (or the script in English) lying around in their hard drive somewhere, I'd love you forever for saving me the $30 in gas and the video store's $5 exchange fee for opened DVD's.

Thanks! :D
<3Jenna

[sorry for any x-posting troubles: _cinemaparadiso, _diegoluna, el_cinema]


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Kieslowski [Tuesday
]

semisomnia
After falling in love with 'The Three colors Trilogy' and becoming extremely enamoured by this wonderful director's work, I recently came across 'Dekalog' or 'The Ten Commandments'.... has anyone else seen this series of short films??? I would be more than interested in hearing the views of another on this masterpiece of a work....
J xx

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[Saturday
]

gallianoparfait
[ mood | Magnanimous. ]

A tribute to Anna Magnani

A drawing of Anna Magnani by my friend Joe Fuoco.

My favorite actress of all time is Anna Magnani, 1908-1973. She was one of the cinema's great icons, like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis. I first saw her when I was still a boy and going to our local Johnston Theatre. It was as Serafina delle Rose in the 1956 The Rose Tattoo, opposite Burt Lancaster. She had mastered only enough English to play the role phonetically. Based on a play written for her by Tennessee Williams, the film earned Anna an Academy Award for best actress as a New Orleans woman devout to the memory of her departed husband (with a rose tattoo) while being swooned over by the buffoonish Alvaro Mangiacavallo (Lancaster) who dares to get a rose tattoo of his own. It was her first English-language role and she tore up the screen. Other popular American films with Magnani were Wild is the Wind with Anthony Quinn, The Fugitive Kind with Marlon Brando, and The Secret of Santa Vittoria with Anthony Quinn again.

More tribute and photos of Anna MagnaniCollapse )

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[Monday
]
____not____here
i've posted here before (for french and latino reccomendations)

i get into arguments with my best friend over movies. for no reason she hates gael garcia bernal and movies in spanish. she prefers stupid mainstream movies over the beauty of good filmaking. i know she would get offended if she watched "El crimen del padre amaro" because she's catholic ( along with 99.9% of mexicans) and UGH i get so frustrated with her.

i can't wait for the science of sleep. and last night while watching bailando por un sueno ( my huge guilty pleasure, i loveee imanol ♥) i saw a preview for a movie called "my brothers girlfriend" ( i'm not sure the exact title in spanish)with babara mori. i want to see it!

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[Wednesday
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_coy
[ mood | relaxed ]

Hi, this is my first post here. I guess I can start off by saying that I have a wide variety of favorite foreign films, (some are La Vita è bella, Jeux d'enfants, Maria full of grace). The most recent ones i have seen are the Agronomist,(haitian documentary), and Ghost House(korean film).

For anyone who has seen the movie Pauline et Paulette, what languages are seen here? I noticed some French, and another European one, but i'm not sure.


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[Wednesday
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ellenclaire
The last post about French films reminded me -- I just saw Innocence by Lucile Hadzihalilovic at the MFA in Boston. Highly recommend it. It's worth seeing just for the cinematography. Very sweet film, but also haunting and a little creepy. Has anyone else seen it? All kinds of symbolism going on, not something to be understood literally. I don't think it can be taken literally.

One warning -- the first 5-10 minutes are slow. It does get much much better.

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[Friday
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____not____here
can anyone recommned me some cute french movies?
i've already seen amelie :)

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recommendations - italian film? [Tuesday
]

thelongerhours
[ mood | good ]

what are everyone's personal favorites from italy?
{or set in italy?}

im looking for something relatively contemporary -- 1980's and later. preferably drama, thrillers or independent films rather than comedy and action. but im open to suggestions. love 'cinema paradiso', 'malena', recordati di me'... any ideas that netflix might have? thanks all, its appreciated.


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He Loves Me He Loves Me Not [Saturday
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suku
Has anyone of you seen the French thriller -- À la folie... pas du tout (He Loves Me He Loves Me Not)? It's something like Hollywood's Fatal Attraction, only more handsomely shot and cleverly narrated. Click here for details.

I quite enjoyed the movie and love the soundtrack. Especially the background, of the opening scene, showing Ms Audrey Tautao ride her bicycle to the art school.

Would any of you know where I can find the music?

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