Part I, Part II & Part III can be read by click on the links. Here's my most recent Foreign Film's viewed for this series and have been selected from Edward Copeland's best of non-English film nomination list.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
In a touchingly intimate film, an older widow and Moroccan Arab have a chance meeting and learn that they can satisfy each others loneliness and need for compassion, yet at the same time must be ostracized by their various close communities, especially once they get married.
Although there was a couple turns in this film that I didn't particularly track with, I thought the character portrayals, especially that of Brigitte Mira playing the elderly Emmi was touching and real.
Seven Samurai (1956) directed by Akira Kurosawa
This very long movie was enjoyable, but very long (3.5 hours). Despite it's length, I enjoyed how it played out in chapters, with different stages in the story, from the recruitment of the Samurai, to the preparing in the village, to the battle with the bandits. I thought the level of production that went into this 1950s Japanese film was incredible, from sets and the staged fighting, to use of slow motion during fight scenes.
The message I saw in this film, especially with Kambei Shimada's final lines saying "Again we are defeated. The farmers have won. Not us." Is definitely a powerfully and partially uncomfortable unique message this film has, I would like to delve into this message further.
Eyes Without a Face (1962) directed by Georges Franju
If there was ever a horror movie worth redoing, especially with current film fascinations with torture, it would be this one. It has such a haunting style that is as engaging as many Alfred Hitchcock films. The story is about a surgeon and his assistant who kidnap young girls, remove their faces and tries to perform a successful face transplant on his own daughter, who otherwise wears a mask and is presumed dead to the world.
This film is engaging and his tremendous special effects and makeup, there were certainly points where I was squeamish and squealing as I watched it.
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