Five Foreign Film Favorites

Are you curious about classic cinema outside the golden gates of Hollywood? Would you like to see well established critically acclaimed films that influenced many of the great current-working directors such as Woody Allen, Scorsese and Steven Spielberg? If so, these are five delicious visual delicacies to wet your would be film critic eyes.

Seven Samurai – is the Ultimate Epic. It has all the swift swordplay of a ten-year-old boy’s wet dream. The cinematography is dazzling and the story moving and majestic. Fans of epics such as “300” and “Troy” will be surprised with the film’s intricacy and depth. The tale concerns a group of Samurai who are sworn to protect a small peasant community against a group of bandits. During this heroic struggle the group is forced to many devastating, heart wrenching sacrifices.

Jules and Jim – is a fun and melancholy romp in the live of two best friends and their love for the same woman. The strains of this love ultimately result in the death of two of the members of this love triangle. Future French films such as “Amelie” would both owe and homage the films revolutionary method of narrative storytelling.

8 /2 – is a ravishing, beautiful and hysterically funny surrealistic comedy of director preparing to direct a film. It delves into his fears, hopes, and playful daydream fantasies to an almost Freudian level. The film also takes gentle stabs at the industry, religious groups, and star infidelity. Directors such as Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam owe a lot to the films creative and wacky visuals.

Wild Strawberries – is a provoking film about old age and accomplishment in life. It dwells on an elderly man’s realization of his soon approaching death, his relationship to the next generation and his past. It is both a film of the encounters of road and a film of haunting images of the mind.

M – is an amazing German Expressionist proto-noir masterpiece. The towns authorities, parents, and thieves are clenched with anxiety in the desperate search for the whistling child murderer played by Peter Lory, who would later go on to act in Hollywood masterpieces such as “Casablanca” and “The Maltese Falcon.” The highlight of this film is the famous trial seen which is guaranteed to leave every member of the audience clenching the arms of their chair. This film is also known for being the first film to portray a serial killer.

Robert Forsyth

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