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Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:26 am



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*Unreleased in the U.S. till mid-1997, when the list was compiled by the magazine. Many of these films are now available stateside, though many still aren't. (Needless to say, I don't agree with all of the rankings and selections.)
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PART ONE

1. NOUVELLE VAGUE
Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland/France 90 439 points

2. LES AMANTS DU PONT NEUF
Leos Carax, France 91 433

3. AND LIFE GOES ON
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 92 425

4. COLD WATER
Olivier Assayas, France 94 386

5. DRIFTING CLOUDS
Aki Kaurismaki, Finland 96 385

6. BEYOND THE CLOUDS
Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy/France/Germany 95 341

7. CLOSE-UP
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 90 337

8. THE PUPPET MASTER
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan 93 327

9. QUINCE TREE SUN/DREAM OF LIGHT
Victor Erice, Spain, 92 322

10. THE VALLEY OF ABRAHAM
Manuel de Oliveira, Portugal 93 306

11. GOODBYE SOUTH, GOODBYE
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Japan/Taiwan 96 255

12. BULLET IN THE HEAD
John Woo, Hong Kong 90 253

13. THE SUSPENDED STEP OF THE STORK
Theo Angelopoulos, Greece 91 236

14. A BRIGHTER SUMMER DAY
Edward Yang, Taiwan 91 226

15. ASHES OF TIME
Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong 94 204

16. A SUMMER'S TALE
Eric Rohmer, France 96 196

17. DAYS OF BEING WILD
Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong 91 187

18. VOICES OF THE MOON
Federico Fellini, Italy 90 184

19. ACTRESS
Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong 91 175

20. MADADAYO
Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 93 174

21. LE GARÇU
Maurice Pialat, France 95 171

22. FALLEN ANGELS
Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong 96 167

23. PETITS ARRANGEMENTS AVEC LES MORTS
Pascale Ferran, France 94 153

24. SMOKING/NO SMOKING
Alain Resnais, France 94 146

25. A MOMENT OF INNOCENCE
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran 96 145

26. SALAAM CINEMA
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran 95 145

27. D'EST
Chantal Akerman, France/Belgium/Portugal 93 141

28. LISBON STORY
Wim Wenders, Germany 94 138

29. WHISPERING PAGES
Alexandr Sokurov, Russia/Germany 135

30. THE TROUBLES WE'VE SEEN
Marcel Ophuls, France 94 133

31. BOILING POINT
Takeshi Kitano, Japan 90 129

32. GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN
Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan 95 126

33. ON THE BEAT
Ning Ying, China 95 126

34. THE WOMAN OF THE PORT
Arturo Ripstein, Mexico 91 125

35. JEANNE LA PUCELLE
Jacques Rivette, France 94 122

36. A NEW LIFE
Olivier Assayas, France 93 115

37. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL AT THE END OF THE 1960s
Chantal Akerman, France 94 109

38. REBELS OF THE NEON GOD
Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan 93 105

39. FRESH BAIT
Bertrand Tavernier, France 94 104

40. I DON'T KISS
André Téchiné, France 92 104

41. AUTUMN MOON
Clara Law, Hong Kong/Japan 92 97

42. DARK SIDE OF THE HEART
Eliseo Subiela, Argentina 92 97

43. PRETTY VILLAGE, PRETTY FLAMES
Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia 96 93

44. MAHJONG
Edward Yang, Taiwan 96 90

45. GOD'S COMEDY
Joao César Monteiro, Portugal 95 88

46. DEATH OF A NEOPOLITAN MATHEMATICIAN
Mario Martone, Italy 92 85

47. THE BRANCHES OF THE TREE
Satyajit Ray, India 90 83

48. NO, OR THE VAIN GLORY OF COMMAND
Manuel de Oliveira, Portugal 90 83

49. A CONFUCIAN CONFUSION
Edward Yang, Taiwan 95 80

50. QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Arturo Ripstein, Mexico 94 79
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:48 pm

PART TWO

51. SWEET EMMA, DEAR BOBE
Istvan Szabo, Hungary 92 76

52. HOMEWORK
Abbas Kiarostami, Iran 90 75

53. REGARDE LES HOMMES TOMBER
Jacques Audiard, France 94 73

54. THE MAN WHO LOST HIS SHADOW
Alain Tanner, Switzerland 91 72

55. MALINA
Werner Schroeter, Germany 91 70

56. AT FULL GALLOP
Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland 96 69

57. POSTMAN
He Jian-Jun, China 95 69

58. THE TREE, THE MAYOR, AND THE MEDIATHEQUE
Eric Rohmer, France 93 67

59. FATE
Fred Keleman, Germany 94 66

60. GORILLA BATHES AT NOON
Dusan Makevejev, Germany 92 66

61. NOBODY WILL SPEAK OF US WHEN WE'RE DEAD
Agustin Diaz Yanes, Spain 95 62

62. THE OUTPOST
Peter Gothar, Hungary/Romania 94 62

63. LE JEUNE WERTHER
Jacques Doillon, France 93 59

64. US GO HOME
Claire Denis, France 95 59

65. J'ENTENDS PLUS LA GUITARRE
Philippe Garrel, France 90 57

66. GENESIS
Ermanno Olmi, Italy 94 56

67. LE PARFUM D'YVONNE
Patrice Leconte, France 94 56

68. PARIS S'EVEILLE
Olivier Assayas, France 91 56

69. PALMS
Artur Arkstakisian, Moldova/Russia 94 53

70. SCREAM OF STONE
Werner Herzog, Germany 92 53

71. LESSONS OF DARKNESS
Werner Herzog, Germany 92 50

72. SOPYONJE
Im Kwon-Taek, South Korea 93 50

73. SALE COMME UN ANGE
Catherine Breillat, France 92 48

74. UN DEUX TROIS SOLEIL
Bertrand Blier, France 93 48

75. THE SATAN
Viktor Aristov, USSR 90 47

76. IN THE HEAT OF THE SUN
Jiang Wen, China 94 46

77. THE HOUSE OF SMILES
Marco Ferreri, Italy 91 46

78. DAY OF THE BEAST
Alex de la Iglesia, Spain 95 44

79. PIGS
Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Poland 92 43

80. SCHTONK
Helmut Dietl, Germany 91 43

81. 71 FRAGMENTS OF A CHRONOLOGY OF CHANCE
Michael Haneke, Austria 94 42

82. TRAVOLTA AND ME
Patricia Mazuy, France 93 42

83. THE VOYAGE OF CAPTAIN FRACASS
Ettore Scola, Italy 90 42

84. WILD HORSES
Marcelo Piñeyro, Argentina 95 41

85. STONE
Alexandr Sokurov, Russia 92 40

86. AU PETIT MARGUERY
Laurent Benegui, France 95 39

87. CITIZEN LANGLOIS
Edgardo Cozarinsky, France 95 39

88. RED ROSE, WHITE ROSE
Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong 95 39

89. VACAS
Julio Medem, Spain 92 39

90. LIBERATORS TAKE LIBERTIES
Helke Sander, Germany 92 38

91. THE LONG SILENCE
Margarethe von Trotta, Italy 93 38

92. A PLACE IN THE WORLD
Adolfo Aristarain, Argentina 92 38

93. SPOTTED DOG RUNNING ALONG THE SEASHORE
Karen Gevorkian, USSR 90 38

94. STEP ACROSS THE BORDER
Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel, Switzerland/Germany 90 37

95. BETRAYAL
Rada Mihaileanu, France 94 36

96. THE DEATHMAKER
Romnald Karmakar, Germany 95 36

97. FAMINE '33
Oles Yanchuk, Ukraine 92 36

98. I WANTED TO SEE ANGELS
Sergei Bodrov, Russia 93 36

99. THE ACTOR
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran 93 35
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:20 am



PART THREE

100. ANTIGONE
Straub/Huillet, Germany 92 34

LA GUERRE SANS NOM
Bertrand Tavernier, France 92 34

IP5: THE ISLAND OF PACHYDERMS
Jean Jacques Beinix, France 92 34

LIFE ACCORDING TO AGFA
Assi Dayan, Israel 92 34

104. GONIN
Takeshi Ishii, Japan 95 33

105. KRISTIN LAVRANSDATTER
Liv Ullman, Norway 95 32

MIDDLE OF THE MOMENT
Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel,
Switzerland 95 32

107. DEADLY MARIA
Tom Tykwer, Germany 95 31

JOHNNY 100 PESOS
Gustavo Graef Marino, Chile 93 31

MANNEKEN PIS
Frank Van Passel, Belgium 94 31

110. LE FILS PREFERE
Nicole Garcia, France 94 30

DOWN THE DRAIN
Shinobu Yaguchi, Japan 93 30

QUIET DAYS IN AUGUST
Pantelis Voulgaris, Greece 91 30

113. AND ALL THINGS FAIR
Bo Widerberg, Sweden 95 29

L'ANGE NOIR
Jean-Claude Brisseau, France 94 29

DIEU SAIT QUOI
Jean-Daniel Pollet, France 93 29

116. CARDIOGRAM
Darezhan Omirbaev, Kazakhstan 95 28

EARTH/TIERRA
Julio Medem, Spain 96 28

118. AMELIA LOPES O'NEILL
Valeria Sarmiento, Chile/Spain/France 90 27

NARGESS
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Iran 92 27

THE RED SQUIRREL
Julio Medem, Spain 94 27

SIXTEEN OH SIXTY
Vinicius Mainardi, Brazil 95 27

122. AN INDEPENDENT LIFE
Vitali Kanevski, Russia/France 92 26

THE RIDE
Jan Sverak, Czech Republic 94 26

LE ZEBRA
Jean Poiret, France 92 26

125. ANGEL OF FIRE
Dana Rotberg, Mexico 91 25

BLUSH
Li Shaohong, China 94 25

TO HEAR THE BIRDS SINGING
Jorge Sanjinandeacutes, Bolivia 95 25

128. LA CABALE DES OURSINS
Luc Moullet, France 91 24

MADAGASCAR
Fernando Perez, Cuba 94 24

THE SECOND TIME
Mimmo Calopresti, Italy 95 24

131. LOTHRINGEN
Straub/Huillet, Germany 94 23

THE NORTHERNERS
Alex Van Warmerdam, Netherlands 93 23

THE SECRET OF THE OLD WOODS
Ermano Olmi, Italy 93 23

THE SON OF GASCOGNE
Pascal Aubier, France 95 23

135. THE DAYS
Wang Xiaoshuai, China 93 21

DIEN BIEN PHU
Pierre Schoendorfer, France 91 21

MARKS
Yoichi Sai, Japan 96 21

NOBODY LOVES ME
Marion Vernoux, France 94 21

ONCE UPON A TIME CINEMA
Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iran 91 21

SHADOW OF A DOUBT
Aline Issermann, France 93 21

TRAVELLERS
Bahram Beizai, Iran 92 21

142. THE BLUE VEILED
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Iran 95 20

FADO, MAJOR AND MINOR
Raul Ruiz, France 95 20

GOLDEN BALLS
Bigas Luna, Spain 93 20

KING OF MASKS
Wu Tianming, Hong Kong/China 96 20

LANDSCAPE OF MEMORY
José Aranjo, Brazil 96 20

ROSALYNE AND THE LIONS
Jean-Jaques Beineix, France 90 20

SINGAPORE SLING
Nikos Nikolaidis, Greece 90 20

THE SPOUSE
Mehdi Fakhimzadeh, Iran 94 20

TANGO
Patrice Leconte, France 93 20

TROP DE BONHEUR
Cedric Kahn, France 94 20

under 20 points in alphabetical order:

A LA VIE, A LA MORT
Robert Guediguian, France 95

ACCION MUTANTE
Alex de la Iglesia, Spain 93

ACCUMULATOR 1
Jan Sverak, Czech Republic 94

ALEX
Teresa Villaverde, Portugal 90

AND THE MOON DANCES
Garin Nugroho, Indonesia 95

ANIMAL LOVE
Ulrich Seidl, Austria 95

ANNA KARAMAZOVA
Rustam Khamdamov, USSR 91

L'ANNEE JULIETTE
Philippe Le Guay, France 95

L'ANNONCÉ FAITE À MARIE
Alain Cuny, France 92

ANTONIO'S GIRLFRIEND
Manuel Poirier, France 92

APPLE TREES/APFELBAUME
Helma Sanders-Brahms, Germany 92

AUX PETITS BONHEURS
Michel Deville, France 93

AVETIK
Don Askarian, Armenia/Germany 92

THE BILINGUAL LOVER
Vincente Aranda, Spain 93

BLUE NOTE
Andrzej Zulawski, France/Poland/Germany 91

BOATMAN
Gianfranco Rosi, India 94

CRADLE SONG/CANCIONE DE CUNA
Jos Luis Garci, Spain 94

CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Raymond Depardon, France 95

CELLULOIDE
Carlo Lizzani, Italy 96

CHILD MURDERS
Ildiko Szabo, Hungary 93

LE CONFESSIONEL
Robert Le Page, Canada 95

THE CONJUGAL BED
Mircea Daneliuc, Romania 93

THE CORRIDOR
Sarunas Bartas, Lithuania 95

A DANCE IN THE NIGHT
Aleko Tsabadze, Georgia 92

DARK AT NOON
Raul Ruiz, Portugal 91

DARKNESS IN TALLINN
Ilkka Jarvilaturi, Finland/USA/Sweden/Estonia 93

DARTAGNAN'S DAUGHTER
Bertrand Tavernier, France 94

THE DELEGATION
Alexander Galin, Italy 96

DON'T FORGET YOU'RE GOING TO DIE
Xavier Beauvois, France 95

DON'T DIE WITHOUT TELLING ME WHERE YOU'RE GOING
Eliseo Subiela, Argentina 94

DR. M
Claude Chabrol, France 90

DRUMROLL
Sergei Ovcharov, Russia 93

DUST OF ANGELS
Hsu Hsia Ming, Taiwan 94

DUST OF LIFE
Rachid Bouchareb, France-Algeria 94

THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jan Sverak, Czechoslovakia 92

ELEPHANT SONG
Go Riju, Japan 94

THE ENCHANTMENT
Shunichi Nagasaki, Japan 90

LES EQUILIBRISTES
Nico Papatakis, France 91

THE EYE OF VICHY
Claude Chabrol, France 94

FLY HIGH, RUN FAR
Im Kwon-taek, South Korea 91

FORGET ME
Noemie Lvosky, France 95

FOURBI
Alain Tanner, Switzerland 96

THE GARDEN
Martin Sulik, Slovak Republic 95

THE GOLDEN GATE
Jurgen Reble, Germany 92

GUILT AND REMEMBRANCE
Egon Humer, Austria 92

HAMOON
Pariush Mehrjni, Iran 90

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TURKE
Doris Dorrie, Germany 91

HARAMUYA
Drissa Touré, Burkino Faso/France 95

HEY YOU WILD GEESE
Lydia Bobrova, Russia 91

HOMEWORK
Jaime Hermosillo, Mexico 90

I HIRED A CONTRACT KILLER
Aki Kaurismaki, Finland 90

THE INHERITANCE
Vera Chytilova, Czechoslovakia 93

THE DIARY OF LADY M.
Alain Tanner, Switzerland/Belgium 93

THE JOURNEY aka THE VOYAGE
Fernando Solanas, Argentina 91

JUMP INTO THE VOID
Daniel Calparsoro, Spain 95

KIKUCHI
Kenchi Iwamoto, Japan 90

LABYRINTH
Jaromil Jives, Germany 92

LANGER GANG aka PASSAGES
Yilmaz Arslan, Germany 92

THE LAST DAYS OF IMMANUEL KANT
Philippe Collin, France 92

LATINO BAR
Paul Leduc, Mexico 1991

LEA
Ivan Fila, Germany 96

LIBERA ME
Alain Cavalier, France 93

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE HOLLYWOOD KID
Jung Ji-Young, South Korea 94

A LIGHT SENSITIVE STORY
Pal Erdoss, Hungary 93

LOVE IN THE TIME OF HYSTERIA
Alfonso Cuaron, Mexico 92

LOVE
Valeri Todorovsky, USSR 92

LA MADRE MUERTA/THE DEAD MOTHER
Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Spain 93

THE MAN WHO READS MUSIC FROM THE PLATES
Jan Jakub Kolski, Poland/France 95

MAN OF THE STORY
Adoor Gopalakrishnan, India 96

MARIE'S SONG: I WAS I KNOW NOT WHERE
Niko Brucher, Germany 94

MEN OF THE PORT
Alain Tanner, Switzerland 95

METAL and MELANCOLIA
Heddy Honigmann, Netherlands 94

THE MOST TERRIBLE TIME IN MY LIFE
Kaizo Hayashi, Japan 94

MY MOTHER'S COURAGE
Michael Verhoeven, Germany 96

NIGHT OF THE FILMMAKERS
Edgar Reitz, Germany 95

NO LIFE KING
Jun Ichikawa, Japan 90

NUIT D'ÉTÉ EN VILLE
Michel Deville, France 90

ONCE MORE
Paul Vecchiali, France 90

ONO
Serghei Ovtcharov, USSR 90

PARI
Daryush Mehrjui, Iran 95

PARPAILLON
Luc Moullet, France 92

THE PATRIOTS
Eric Rochant, France 94

PEACEFUL AIR OF THE WEST
Silvio Soldini, Italy 90

PUSHER
Nikolas Winding Refin, Denmark 96

THE ROAD TO EDEN
Robert Peso, Austria 95

RED DAWN/ROJO AMANACER
Jorge Fons, Mexico 90

SARA
Dariush Mehrjui, Iran 93

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY
Lina Wertmueller, Italy 90

SEVILLANAS
Carlos Saura, Spain 92

THE SEXUAL LIFE OF THE BELGIANS
Jan Bucquoy, Belgium 93

SHADOW ON THE SNOW
Attila Janisch, Hungary 91

THE SILENCE OF NETO
Luis Argueta, Guatemala 94

SIX DAYS, SIX NIGHTS
Diane Kurys, France 94

THE SMILE
Claude Miller, France 95

THE SNAIL'S STRATEGY
Sergio Cabrera, Colombia 94

SONS
Zhang Yuan, China 95

THE SQUARE CIRCLE
Amol Palekar, India 96

STELLA POLARIS
Knut Erik Jensen, Norway 93

STING OF DEATH
Kohei Oguri, Japan 90

A SUMMER IN LA GOULETTE
Ferid Boughedir, Tunisia/France/Belgium 96

THE TIT AND THE MOON
Bigas Luna, Spain

TO THE STARRY ISLE
Park Kwang-Su, South Korea 94

TO YOU, FROM ME
Jang Sun-woo, South Korea 94

TRAUM, WAS SONST, EIN?,
Hans Jurgen Syberberg, Germany 94

TSAHAL
Claude Lanzmann, Israel 94

TWILIGHT
Gyorgy Fehér, Hungary 90

VASKA EASOFF
Péter Gothar, Hungary 96

VIRGINA
Srdjun Karovic, Yugoslavia 91

VIVA CASTRO!
Boris Frumin, Russia 93

WHEN THE STARS MEET THE SEA
Raymond Rajaonarivelo, France/Madagascar 96

WILD TARGET
Pierre Salvatore, France 93

WIZARD OF DARKNESS
Shinako Sato, Japan 95

THE WOMEN ON THE ROOF
Carl-Gustav Nykvist, Sweden 90

WORK ON THE GRASS
Tetsuo Shinoharu, Japan 94

THE WORLD OF JAQUES DEMY
Agnes Varda, France 95

THE WRITTEN FACE
Daniel Schmid, Japan/Switzerland 95

YOUCEF, OR THE LEGEND OF THE SEVENTH SLEEPER
Mohamed Chouikh, Algeria 93
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby wpqx » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:56 am

Surprised to see Bullet in the Head above A Brighter Summer Day, I was remarkably impressed with Woo's film but in terms of historical importance Yang's film seems to have received much more international praise. It still angers me even after his death that no one has been "brave" enough to release Yang's work stateside. I'm told his films aren't even considered commercially viable in Taiwan, which is a shame because he's still a director I'm largely relying on reputation for.
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:19 pm

It's safe to say that some of the films finished higher because more contributors had seen them. But, overall, I'd say the Top 50 is relatively strong. Yes, it's certainly a shame when it comes to Yang and the availability of his films. A Brighter Summer Day isn't merely being neglected here. I believe Histoire(s) didn't make the cut because it's video, and Sátántangó was part of Cinema Parallel's slate.
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby wpqx » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:24 pm

It's a unique ranking and is somewhat frustrating because a great many of those films still are OOP.
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:57 pm

For the most part, we already know which of these films are available, but perhaps we could make a list of them in the future.

Btw, Facets may finally release Sátántangó in July.
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby wpqx » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:49 am

God they still haven't released it? I stopped caring a long time ago.
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby arsaib4 » Wed Apr 16, 2008 3:41 am

One of the extra features is said to be Tarr's television effort Macbeth!
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Re: Film Comment's Top 150 Unreleased Foreign Language Films of the Nineties

Postby wpqx » Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:15 am

If that is the case, then I might be interested. Not like my DVD is flawless, I just wonder how often I'm going to watch a 7 1/2 hour film.
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