Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Foreign Language Movie

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Continuing with our Oscar Winners Edition, today we will talk about pictures that won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Movie or Best International Film as it is called since 2020. All the movies I listed today are movies I’ve heard many great things about, but I have yet to see them!

Honorable Mentions: Life is Beautiful, The Counterfeiters, Waltz with Bashir, Parasite, Another Round

#1 The Virgin Spring

This Swedish film is particularly intriguing to me because it served as inspiration for The Last House on the Left, a 70s horror flick (that comes with a 2009 remake). Those were made by Wes Craven and I already talked about them before here on my blog. I actually was not aware that The Virgin Spring had won this particular award, but now I’m even more curious to check it out.

#2 War and Peace

So, this is the Soviet adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel. It is insanely long (four parts with a total runtime of 431 minutes), so I haven’t seen the entire oeuvre, but I saw bits and pieces. Sergei Bondarchuk’s take on the story was also extremely expensive and is often considered one of the grandest epics ever made.

#3 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

All I know about this Luis Bunel picture is that is surrealist, that is to say super weird. That’s already enough to sell me on the movie! As I was looking for the trailer I discovered that the whole film is available on YT, so I’ll have a chance to check it out soon.

What’s your favorite film that won an Academy Award as Best Foreign Picture? Let me know in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Oscars Winners Edition: Best Foreign Language Movie

  1. The Virgin Spring like so many Bergman films is wonderfully made and extremely unsettling. Knowing that it was the inspiration for The Last House on the Left (which I never have and never will see) kept me from it but I’ve been trying to see more Bergman films the last few years and this was on TCM so I DVR’d it. I respected the craftmanship of it enormously but won’t ever watch it again. It was grim.

    War & Peace is a massive undertaking. It was brilliant but boy was it a huge commitment of time. I was fortunate that years ago PBS ran it in parts over an extended period of time so I was able to take it in more slowly. Once was enough though.

    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is one I have wanted to see for decades but could never get my hands on, great to hear it’s on YouTube. Hopefully when I have time to sit down and watch the film it will still be there.

    I had considered doing all of Bergman’s foreign BP winners, since he won three it seemed perfect but both Virgin Spring and Through a Glass Darkly are so somber and his other, Fanny & Alexander, is one I truly didn’t like I decided to go another way. I still ended up with one that is solemn but the second and third have a much lighter tone.

    The Sea Inside (2004)-Quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) is tired of the loss of mobility he’s endured since a diving accident crippled him years before. Though celebrated for the writing he’s passed the years with, he now sees his life as pointless and wishes to die with what dignity he still possesses. His friend Gené and attorney Julia work with a “Right to Die” organization attempting to persuade the courts to let Ramón end his own life. Heavy going but Bardem is brilliant.

    Day for Night (1973)-Director Francois Truffaut’s bittersweet satire of the chaotic behind the scenes happenings during the filming of the frothy comedy “Meet Pamela”. The calamities include a leading lady (Jacqueline Bisset) recovering from a nervous breakdown, the unions threatening to walk, the main supporting actress (Oscar nominated Valentina Cortese) being snockered most of the time, the cat can’t hit her mark and the thousand little emergencies that go into making a picture.

    A Man and A Woman (1966)-While visiting their children at boarding school a race car driver (Jean Louis Trintignant) and movie script supervisor (Anouk Aimée) meet and embark on a brief but gentle, swoony romance.

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