mizoguchi's "200+ Essential "Foreign" films"

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I use the term "foreign" to mean not in English, as this is an English-language site, and the term is generally quite quickly understood, though of course really it’s absurd and not one i’m keen on. For instance in the UK, Welsh language films have been described as in a foreign language though Welsh is the native language of Britain

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  1. 1.
    Sansho the Bailiff
    by Kenji Mizoguchi

  2. 3.
    The Rules of the Game (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jean Renoir

  3. 4.
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    by Ang Lee

  4. 5.
    8 1/2 (The Criterion Collection)
    by Federico Fellini

  5. 6.
    The Passion of Joan of Arc (The Criterion Collection)
    by Carl Theodor Dreyer

  6. 7.
    Tokyo Story (The Criterion Collection)
    by Yasujiro Ozu

  7. 8.
    Children of Paradise (The Criterion Collection)
    by Marcel Carné

  8. 9.
    Talk to Her (Hable con Ella)
    by Pedro Almodóvar

  9. 10.
    The Seventh Seal (The Criterion Collection)
    by Ingmar Bergman

  10. 11.
    Cinema Paradiso
    by Giuseppe Tornatore

  11. 12.
    Metropolis (Restored Authorized Edition)
    by Fritz Lang

  12. 13.
    Bicycle Thieves (The Criterion Collection)
    by Vittorio De Sica

  13. 14.
    Spirited Away
    by Hayao Miyazaki

  14. 15.
    Pather Panchali
    by Satyajit Ray

  15. 16.
    City of God
    by Fernando Meirelles

  16. 17.
    Aguirre, the Wrath of God
    by Werner Herzog

  17. 18.
    by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

  18. 19.
    Battleship Potemkin
    by Sergei M. Eisenstein

  19. 20.
    Three Colors Trilogy (Blue / White / Red)
    by Krzysztof Kieslowski

  20. 21.
    The Battle of Algiers (The Criterion Collection)
    by Gillo Pontecorvo

  21. 22.
    Grand Illusion (The Criterion Collection)
    by Jean Renoir

  22. 23.
    M (The Criterion Collection)
    by Fritz Lang

  23. 24.
    Andrei Rublev (The Criterion Collection)
    by Andrei Tarkovsky

  24. 25.
    Jean De Florette / Manon of the Spring - 2 DVD Set
    by Claude Berri

  25. 27.
    À bout de souffle (Breathless)
    by Jean-Luc Godard

  26. 28.
    by Chan-wook Park

  27. 29.
    Ugetsu (The Criterion Collection)
    by Kenji Mizoguchi

  28. 30.
    by F.W. Murnau

  29. 31.
    Chungking Express
    by Kar Wai Wong

  30. 32.
    Raise the Red Lantern
    by Zhang Yimou

  31. 33.
    Wings of Desire (Special Edition)
    by Wim Wenders

  32. 34.
    by Ingmar Bergman

  33. 35.
    Rashomon (The Criterion Collection)
    by Akira Kurosawa

  34. 37.
    L' Atalante
    by Jean Vigo

  35. 38.
    Y Tu Mama Tambien
    by Alfonso Cuarón

  36. 39.
    L'Avventura (The Criterion Collection)
    by Michelangelo Antonioni

  37. 40.
    The 400 Blows (The Criterion Collection)
    by François Truffaut

  38. 42.
    Throne of Blood (The Criterion Collection)
    by Akira Kurosawa

  39. 43.
    La Dolce Vita [Region 2]
    by Federico Fellini

  40. 44.
    by Pedro Almodóvar

  41. 45.
    Celine and Julie Go Boating
    by Jacques Rivette

  42. 46.
    The Decalogue
    by Krzysztof Kieslowski

  43. 47.
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    by Jean-Paul Rappeneau

  44. 48.
    Come & See
    by Elem Klimov

  45. 49.
    by Souleymane Cissé

  46. 50.
    by Abbas Kiarostami

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Created by mizoguchi on Dec 22, 2006.


Untitled — 7 years ago

Well i’ve done this quite quickly, with no preparation, so don’t read too much into the order. I’ve tried to ensure a mix of popular and more demanding arthouse favourites, and not overload the list with any director, period or country- i hope there’s a reasonable balance.

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