[caption id="attachment_778957"]<img class="size-full wp-image-778957" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/amelefinl316x211.jpg" alt="Unlike Hollywood, foreign language cinema hardly gets theatrical releases in India. Here we track the best of foreign language DVD releases...'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain' (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) known to the world as 'Amelie' tells the story of a waitress who decides to help strangers to find happiness. It plays like a fairy tale for grown-ups with an enchanting performance by Audrey Tautou. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film was hugely popular with both critics and audience, and probably the best of all modern escapist cinemas.
Text by Ranjib Mazumder, Stills: Publicity Stills" /> Unlike Hollywood, foreign language cinema hardly gets theatrical releases in India. Here we track the best of foreign language DVD releases...'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain' (The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain) known to the world as 'Amelie' tells the story of a waitress who decides to help strangers to find happiness. It plays like a fairy tale for grown-ups with an enchanting performance by Audrey Tautou. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film was hugely popular with both critics and audience, and probably the best of all modern escapist cinemas.
Text by Ranjib Mazumder, Stills: Publicity Stills[/caption]
A dramatised account of the mutiny that took place in Russian battleship Potemkin where the crew rebelled against their officers of the Tsarist regime in 1905, 'The Battleship Potemkin' is the supreme work of Russian master Sergei Eisenstein. Since its release, countless debates analysing its structure and symbolism has elevated the film as one of the greatest film of all time and is a powerful example of propaganda film. A must experience for every human on earth.
When it comes to Iranian cinema, Majid Majidi's 'Children of Heaven' has almost become the standard answer to what we call minimalist cinema. This heart-warming film tells the story of nine year old boy Ali, who loses his sister Zahra's newly repaired shoes. Nominated for Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film among other awards, this universally praised film is the ideal choice for somebody to get an introduction to world cinema.
Adolf Hitler has always been a hotly debated character of human history, so a film with real footages of the Nazi boss is bound to grab eyeballs. Highly influential for its groundbreaking photographic techniques involving cranes, tracking rails, and many cameras working at the same time, this film shows the majesty and might of the notorious leader. It also cemented filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl's place as the greatest woman filmmaker in the world since the origin of motion pictures.
One director’s artistic confusion, his project witnessing a disintegration along with his life, '8 ½' makes a director's block a splendid epic of cinema. Marcello Mastroianni playing the role film director Guido Anselmi is like the cinematic biopic of Federico Fellini (Italy's most celebrated director) himself. Widely appreciated and highly influential as great piece of art, this film is the pinnacle of personal expression in cinema.
The first film to be made in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, it tells the story of Kurdish refugees on the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of the impending US attack. Most of the characters in the movie are orphan kids and they make their livelihood by disarming mines, some of which are responsible for death and making them handicapped. The kids are so trapped in the struggle for existence that they can hardly reflect on their miseries. Bahman Ghobadi depicts the horrors of war without taking sides or mouthing monologues.
This Russian film tells the story of two boys who witness the comeback of a father after a 12-year absence whom they know only from an old photograph. Rich with symbolism and powerful imagery, this film works both as a great piece of art house cinema and a psychological thriller with commanding sweep. The emotional complexity of Andrei Zvyaginstev's debut film won him Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and an inevitable comparison to Russian auteur Andrei Tarkovsky.
Based on the true story of the World War I 'Christmas Truce' along the Western Front, it tells the astonishing tale of French, Scottish and German soldiers who come out of their trenches leaving their weapons to know the men who live on the opposite side of the merciless war. The film has many weaknesses but given our political climate, the scenes of camaraderie among the soldiers are moving without much orchestration.
Commissioned by French television as one of part of a series, 'Wild Reeds' (Les roseaux sauvages) is the story of a group of teenagers studying at a boarding school, their inner turmoil and how they deal with sexual awakening. Like the director Andre Téchiné, the main character François too is in an all-male boarding school. With Algerian War as backdrop, this is Téchiné's most sensual and autobiographical work, drenched in the beauty of southwest France.
An epic of frivolity and a fascinating study of the hedonistic excess, Federico Fellini's masterpiece La Dolce Vita ranks as one of the most popular European films ever. Marcello Mastroianni defining a generation of cool in his beetle-black sunglasses plays a writer stuck somewhere in between journalism and celebrity gossip who is busy exploring (rather fails to find) his meaning of life.