Monday, July 6, 2009
Today's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is all about movies with subtitles. Some of my friends refuse to watch a movie with subtitles...I agree, it is an acquired talent and requires a little extra work. You have to read really quickly and try not to miss what is actually going on in the movie. But in my opinion, some of the very best movies life has to offer are foreign films, and the extra work is worth it! Please bear in mind that I have such a love for these films, if you asked me this question two weeks from now, you might get different answers. Here some of my very favorites right now at 5:30am on July 6, 2009:
Life is Beautiful - this movie would qualify for many categories...tearjerker, foreign film, Oscar winner, and just plain the best movie ever made. I've mentioned it before, and I'm sure I'll mention it again!
Cinema Paradiso - again, another movie you will see repeatedly mentioned at You've GOTTA read this.
Ikiru - translated, this means "to live", which is the perfect title of this film that shows a cranky Japanese man that discovers he has cancer, and decides he needs to make his last days count.
The Bicycle Thief - an oldie but goodie. I've seen this one called one of the best films of all times...not sure about that, but I've seen it several times and loved it on each viewing.
Il Postino - this is another I've seen multiple times that has something for everyone...love, loss, frienship and politics.
Amelie - I dare anyone to watch this and NOT fall in love with it. It is one of the sweetest movies ever made.
Downfall - the last couple of weeks in Hitler's life, from the viewpoint of his secretary. Really phenomenal movie, but dark and disturbing.
Pan's Labrynth - another dark and disturbing one, but very visually artistic. I admit, I'm sick and twisted but I saw this one a few times.
Red, White & Blue trilogy - my husband led me to these because they are directed by one of Poland's stars, Kieslowski, but they are all fabulous. Kieslowski is most famous for his collection of short films, each representing a commandment, called "Decalogue" which I could put on this list as well.
OK, I guess I'd better stop. I could list fifty if you asked me to. But then you'd get weary of me and move on. What are your favorite movies that required that extra effort of navigating through subtitles? Do you think they are worth the work?