Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

16 May 2010

Quick and Dirty Non-English-Language Film List

I made this quick and dirty list for my friend Matt who is trying to see more films in languages other than English. Some of these come from as early as the 1950s and some are really recent, but I have restricted myself to one film per country. They are in no particular order:

Germany: Werner Herzog - Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Czechoslovakia: Jiří Menzel - Closely Watched Trains
South Africa: Gavin Hood - Tsotsi
Canada: Denys Arcand - Jesus of Montréal
China: Zhang Yimou - Raise the Red Lantern
Italy: Marco Bellocchio - Fists in the Pocket
Denmark: Thomas Vinterberg - The Celebration
Korea: Kim Ki-duk - Spring Summer Autumn Winter ... and Spring
Poland: Krzysztof Kieślowski - Three Colors: Blue
Sweden: Ingmar Bergman - Fanny and Alexander
Brazil: Fernando Meirelles - City of God
Japan: Kon Ichikawa - The Burmese Harp
Belgium: Dardenne Brothers - The Son
Spain: Pedro Almodóvar - All About My Mother
India: Satyajit Ray - Pather Panchali: Song of the Little Road
France: Jean-Pierre Melville - Le Samouraï

Making a list like this means leaving off so many good movies, but I figure these are all must-sees. Have you seen them all? If not, consider putting one in your Netflix queue today. You will not be sorry; I promise.