Vive la France

Today is Bastille Day, the national day of France. Queue up the french winners for best foreign language.

Monsieur Vincent (1947)
I was worried this would be total bore, and it is theatrical enough to never get to dry. But the most impressive thing is the quality of the make up.
Winner of Honorary Award in 1949. Voted by the Academy Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States during 1948.

The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
A small and intimate film. Good pacing.
Winner of Honorary Award in 1951. Voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.

Forbidden Games (1952)
Child actors doing an amazing job. What a rare treat. And nailing the thought process of children at the same time. Devastating, but at the same time balancing with humor. Impressive.
Winner of Honorary Award in 1953 for Best Foreign Language Film first released in the United States during 1952.
Nominated for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story in 1955.

Sundays and Cybele (1962)
Beautifully shot in black and white. The story is compelling, but I wished the child felt more like a child than a character in a french film.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1963.
Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment in 1964.

A Man and a Woman (1966)
Technically impressive and very flashy. But boring as all hell.
Winner of Best Writing, Story and Screenplay – Written Directly for the Screen and Best Foreign Language Film in 1967. Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Director.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Ah, Buñuel, you crazy man. Funny and clever and unpredictable.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1973. Nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced.

Day for Night (1973)
Felt like a Altman movie, just with more sex and drama. You know, a french film.
Enjoyable.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1974.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Valentina Cortese), Best Director and Best Writing, Original Screenplay in 1975.

Madame Rosa (1977)
It’s fine, but nothing noteworthy.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1978.

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (1978)
The french really likes children having affairs with grownups it seems. I didn’t get the appeal of this film.
Winner of Best Foreign Language Film in 1979.

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