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Old 05-20-2008, 11:39 PM   #451
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I've heard about his work, but I've never seen any of it. My knowledge of foreign film is mediocre at best.


Dude, you really need to check something out. The dub jobs are actually very good.

I would probably recommend Spirited Away (Oscar winner!) first, which is best described as a Japanese Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's a bit more of a "family" film, but parts of it are actually very dark, and I just think it's one of the best things animation has ever produced.

Another good entry point is Castle in the Sky, which has villain voice work by Mr. Luke Skywalker himself, and I think Anna Paquin is one of the leads.

And of course Princess Mononoke, which is about as epic as anime gets, and has vocal work from Cate Blanchett, Gillian Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, and Claire Danes.

Hardcore fans have other favorites (mine is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is an earlier, sci-fi take on the themes explored in Mononoke), but these are probably the best to start with. Really, all this shit blows Disney out of the water.
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^ My daughters are big fans of Miyazaki too. And she just agreed with everything you said here
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To whet your appetite, some screencaps. From Nausicaa:




One of the best directors in cinema, period.
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I'm not sure why more pictures didn't post; they're all from the same site.

Anyway, look through them yourself:

http://mehve.net/media/caps/movie/
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They might have a hotlink block. Wasn't it Minnie Driver in Princess Mononoke, not Cate Blanchett?
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You are right. Sure sounds like Cate.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:16 AM   #457
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Dude, you really need to check something out. The dub jobs are actually very good.

I would probably recommend Spirited Away (Oscar winner!) first, which is best described as a Japanese Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's a bit more of a "family" film, but parts of it are actually very dark, and I just think it's one of the best things animation has ever produced.

Another good entry point is Castle in the Sky, which has villain voice work by Mr. Luke Skywalker himself, and I think Anna Paquin is one of the leads.

And of course Princess Mononoke, which is about as epic as anime gets, and has vocal work from Cate Blanchett, Gillian Anderson, Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Crudup, and Claire Danes.

Hardcore fans have other favorites (mine is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, which is an earlier, sci-fi take on the themes explored in Mononoke), but these are probably the best to start with. Really, all this shit blows Disney out of the water.
Sounds cool. Nausicaa looks stunning and has a badass title.

I like some Disney-animated films: The Lion King (a happy, animal-filled musical Hamlet), Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, but can't stand the lot of them. Pixar's where it's at, man.

Back to general foreign film, where are some good places to start for:

Expressionism
French New Wave
Japanese cinema
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FRENCH NEW WAVE

Godard: Breathless and Band of Outsiders
Truffaut: Jules and Jim, Shoot the Piano Player, and The 400 Blows
Resnais: Last Year At Marienbad and Hiroshima, Mon Amour

There are others, but these guys are the most popular.


GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau)


JAPANESE CINEMA

There are people who are big fans of the more classic style of Ozu and Mizoguchi, but I would familiarize myself with The Master before getting into anything else.

Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Ikiru, High and Low
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And in addition, I would look towards checking out:

RUSSIAN CINEMA

Andrei Tarkovsky: the original Solaris, Stalker, The Sacrifice, and The Mirror.


ITALIAN CINEMA

Bernardo Bertolucci: The Conformist, 1900 (with Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Burt Lancaster, Gerard Depardeu), Last Tango in Paris (English language, with Marlon Brando)

Michelangelo Antonioni: L'Avventura, L'Eclisse, La Notte, Red Desert, The Passenger (English language, with Jack Nicholson)

Federico Fellini: La Dolce Vida, 8 1/2, Amarcord, Juliette of the Spirits, La Strada
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Those are some great recs laz, a few I need to check out myself sometime.

LMP, if you are really new to foreign cinema I'd also suggest watching a wide variety of films from a range of countries, not necessarily sticking to a few directors or periods at the very beginning.

For example, you've got such great crossover films such as Amelie, Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources, Amores Perros, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Battle Royale, Cinema Paradiso, The Downfall, Run Lola Run, Volver, Oldboy, Hard Boiled, CITY OF GOD and just so many more. As I've said before, even though it's hardly a best ever list itself, the IMDb top 250 is a great starting place for many different types of cinema.
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:57 PM   #462
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Thanks, guys.

I've actually seen 2 of the 3 Impressionist suggestions (Metropolis and Nosferatu) and dug them both. They were also my first experiences with silent film. For Bertolucci, you wouldn't suggest The Last Emperor?

French New Wave is probably the genre I'm excited for the most, since I'm a huge fan of Wes Anderson and I've been plowing through Scorsese's filmography.
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I love The Last Emperor, but it's not so much an example of the Italian film industry, as it is of Bertolucci's total internationalism. Of course, The Conformist takes place partially in Paris, and so does all of LTIP, but it's a little closer to his roots. I would also recommend his earlier film The Spider's Strategem.
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Okay, thanks again for the recs.
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For my US History class, we have a thing called Decades Day, where you dress up as a particular person or wear a certain style from a decade. Who was I, you ask? Well I'll tell you:

Daniel motherfuckin' Plainview:



And the Mel Gibson stare in the back absolutely kills me.
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