It is Foreign Language week over at Wandering Through The Shelves and I chose 3 that, I think, are pretty good so let's get to it! Here are my 3...
1. THE BICYCLE THIEVES-1948
This film is called an Italian NeoRealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica using, mostly, non actors in the film roles and they do a superb job. A young couple and their son are trying to make ends meet, after the war, with jobs very scarce. The father sees a job but needs a bicycle and he has one! On his first day out, his bicycle is stolen and, frantic, with worry about losing this job, he sets out with his little boy to find the thieves. I wasn't sure about this film until I saw it and was enraptured by the people especially the little boy and his dad. The tense situation that he, and so many others, are faced with, in trying to survive in post World War 2, make this a very, at times, tense but moving film. This kid just about steals the picture. Even if you are not into foreign movies, this one is so visually stunning that, before you know it, you want to see him find his bicycle.
2. DAS BOOT-1981
If you are looking for a good time to lighten your day...this movie is not for you. It is, well, quite depressing to be honest which is why I have not seen it in so long but that does not mean it is not excellent. You feel for the German sailors on this submarine who must deal with the Nazi machine, low morale and possible death as they maneuver through one delicate mission after another. They are finally able to take leave when they are told to keep moving which does not bode well for the men on this sub. You are immersed (couldn't help myself) in their lives and what they are going through plus you feel the claustrophobia which got to me and I am sitting in a chair in the theatre. It is worth a watch.
3. IL POSTINO-1994
I just love this film which made me laugh, wish and cry for the main protagonist played brilliantly by Massimo Troisi, who believed so much in this film that he decided to make and finish this film rather than get much needed medical help for his heart. He died 12 hours after the last bit of this film was done. He was only 41 and knew his heart was very weak but still decided to ride the bicycle in certain parts of the film against doctor's and the director orders. Everyone on set was very concerned for him but this actor was determined to finish this film. He got an Oscar nomination(posthumously) for this role but didn't win. This shy postman brings letters to Neruda, a famous poet, exiled from Chile for his political views and they slowly develop a friendship. Neruda helps the Postman write poetry as well as find the courage to ask the young, voluptuous woman, at her mom's cafe, to be his. This is a love story on many different levels not just the obvious, telling us that we must pursue our true passion no matter the cause.
Which 3 can you think of?