Americans do you like foreign movies? What's your favorites?
January 27, 2008 10:41am CST
This can be answered by any nationality but I was curious about what Americans specifically thought about foreign movies because I don't feel that we are as exposed to other cultures as others. I love watching foreign movies. I for one get sick of watching the same types of American movies with no diversity. Foreign films are very refreshing to me. I don't know that I have a favorite because I like so many. Here's some that I like... Volver, Pans Labyrinth, (Spanish) 2040 (Hong Kong) Infernal Affairs (Hong Kong) (this is what The Departed was based on) Tideland (Canadian) very strange movie.
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29 May 08
I just signed up on myLot, so I'm tardy in joining this discussion. I have a respect for all the films you mentioned, especially 2046, which carries on with the male character introduced in Wong's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. In Ang Lee's recent LUST, CAUTION, Tony Leung does an about face from his previous persona and plays an incredibly menacing character--an amazing contrast from the vulnerable characters he has played in Wong's films. The main thing I like about films made outside of Hollywood is their abilty to structure themselves in unconventional ways. Two examples of this are by Spanish director Julio Medem. LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE is structured like a palindrome, showing the lovers going through life both forwards and backwards, from first love to old age, simultaneously. Medem's follow-up, LUCIA takes the narrative a step further, making a "modular" story, where visual clues like falling into holes and dissolves to white show where you could, on further viewing, insert other chunks of the story, and reconstruct the narrative to have a very different meaning. TIDELAND was by Terry Gilliam, an American--it did partially have Canadian financing, though, you're right about that. Like most of his films, it seems always to be straining to show how imaginative he is. A similar story was much better handled in a 1988 film called PAPERHOUSE. Currently, it's only available on a Region 2 DVD. Depending on your player, there may be an easy way to use your remote to make it an all-region player. If you're interested in knowing how, just ask. Thanks, belatedly, for starting this discussion strand.