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« Reply #780 on: June 27, 2007, 10:36:25 AM »

Eva --

 I think the Irish have been making outstanding films.  Directors like

Shane Meadows --

A Room For Romeo Brass
Dead Man's Shoes

and Neil Jordan  (many fine films, most recently Breakfast on Pluto)

seem to have the Irish gift for telling a fine story, often with that wonderful Irish sense of humor.

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« Reply #781 on: June 27, 2007, 11:11:00 AM »

I see whiskey has The Double Life of Veronique as his avatar.  Criterion has recently come out with a very nicely packaged box set of Kieslowski's beautiful film:

http://www.amazon.com/Double-Life-Veronique-Criterion-Collection/dp/B000I2J75O/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1182956922&sr=1-1
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« Reply #782 on: June 27, 2007, 11:12:15 AM »

As far as Irish films, The Field remains one of my personal favorites:

http://www.amazon.com/Field-Richard-Harris/dp/B00005V1WP/ref=sr_1_5/105-5791205-4542015?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1182957082&sr=1-5
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« Reply #783 on: June 27, 2007, 11:22:08 AM »

A good foreign flick to see in the buff if one is accompanied by another kindred buff, is "Wings of Desire"...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093191/

Two recent releases that I liked...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/

A war flick with an anti-war theme.

And...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/

Political film eerily reminiscent of all too powerful government spying on the citizenry.



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« Reply #784 on: June 27, 2007, 11:50:12 AM »

 Very interesting, I hadn't considered the buff possibilities previously, but Wings of Desire is one of my most recommended films. Not only because the premise is good and the camera-work inspired for placing our watchers in exactly the spots we've always known they are. (Like everybody knows about  "the library angel", right?)

But, here's the topper, the dialogue in this script, often interior process of thought, is  in German  perfect poetry.


The other of the two films that you mentioned, again it is the German film that I've hoped to see and expect to see.  The French film was unknown about until you mentioned it although I know the premise upon which it is based, purportedly an actual event that had more to do with  carol-singing reciprocally than with "fussbol", in WW 1, I believe.  The latter had to go in there, films are action, and no one is going to just go see a film in which men sing Christmas carols to each other across the snow. Unless they happen to be German and sentimental and make a Xmas tradition of going to see the movie; but since this is French, no problem.
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« Reply #785 on: June 27, 2007, 11:52:36 AM »

With a penchant for foreign, independent directors and actors here, I'm looking for a kindred spirit (or two, or bring 'em all on) who could list their faves.

G-D-T!!  G-D-T!!

Guillermo Del Toro is my favorite director, after the Coen Bros.  "Pan's Labyrinth" blew me away, as did "Blade 2" and "The Devil's Backbone".  Heck, I even liked "Hellboy".  

IMDB says GDT was Will Smith's first choice to direct the upcoming "I Am Legend", and was Peter Jackson's first choice to direct "Halo", but he said no thanks, I've got to do "Hellboy 2".  That might prompt some WTF?'s, I know, as many people found "Hellboy" to be tedious.  I didn't, but that's just me.

Anyways, whenever I go to a movie anymore, it's always, "Well, '1408' starts at 7:20, but 'Blades of Glory' doesn't start until 7:40, and it's at the $1.50 cinema, so I guess I'll go see 'Blades'...," and that's pretty much the extent of the analysis.  There's rarely anything of which I say, "Oh boy, I can't wait to see that one...," and very rarely am I sitting in a movie and say to myself, "Wow, I really like this a lot."  

Even something like the "Bourne" movies, which I like, and am looking forward to "Ultimatum" (especially since Paddy Considine is in it)... it's just different.  I can be in a "Bourne" movie and sit there and enjoy it and everything is fine, etc., but it's different with a Coen Bros movie or a GDT movie.  I was sitting there watching "Pan's Labyrinth" feeling all giddy because it was so great.  I suspect I'll get a giddy feeling watching "No Country For Old Men" this fall.

And that's no knock against "Bourne" - I just picked it as an example because I liked both "Bourne" movies.  

Anyways, that's my ramble - for favorite foreign director, mark it GDT.

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« Reply #786 on: June 27, 2007, 11:55:12 AM »

Re: German - I liked "Das Leben Der Anderen" a lot - the guy who plays the Stasi officer has a very cool-looking face.  I would think he'd be able to get some Hollywood-type work (if he wanted it) on the strength of his performance in "DLDA".
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« Reply #787 on: June 27, 2007, 12:46:25 PM »

I believe the cool face you mentioned is in this one...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/

And I agree on "Pan's Labyrinth". I'm glad I saw it on the big screen.
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« Reply #788 on: June 27, 2007, 12:56:31 PM »

I believe the cool face you mentioned is in this one...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/

No, he was the writer in "Das Leben Der Anderen".  He was good, also, but the guy I'm talking about played the Stasi officer:

http://imdb.com/gallery/ss/0405094/Ss/0405094/02.jpg?path=gallery&path_key=0405094
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« Reply #789 on: June 27, 2007, 12:59:20 PM »

Yes, yes. You're right. The writer was the officer in "Black Book". Two different cool faces.
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« Reply #790 on: June 27, 2007, 01:59:11 PM »

Sh..., I can even pronounce Das Leben der Anderen but thanks for reminding me about the Black Book. Another on my list of things that I forget to remember to do. There is nothing more important than films.
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« Reply #791 on: June 27, 2007, 02:05:58 PM »

There is nothing more important than films.

Now that is funny.
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« Reply #792 on: June 27, 2007, 02:13:36 PM »

Sh..., I can even pronounce Das Leben der Anderen but thanks for reminding me about the Black Book. Another on my list of things that I forget to remember to do. There is nothing more important than films.

Not even peanut butter?

[Potential spoiler alert]

for a foreign film, it's way too american. just when you think it is ending...
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« Reply #793 on: June 27, 2007, 02:32:46 PM »

Faraway, So Close!

http://www.amazon.com/Faraway-So-Close-Otto-Sander/dp/B00004W4UC/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1948969-6965627?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1182969107&sr=1-1

is a good follow-up to Wings of Desire.
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« Reply #794 on: June 27, 2007, 02:33:57 PM »

I was glad to see If...

http://www.amazon.com/If-Criterion-Collection-Malcolm-McDowell/dp/B000OPPAEW/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/002-1948969-6965627?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1182969201&sr=1-1

finally released on DVD.
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