Official Nominations: The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie. The Dawns Here Are Quiet. I Love You Rosa. My Dearest Senorita. The New Land.
I said it last year, but this is another whopper for really ‘foreign sounding” foreign film names. When I was in school, we would make up spoof Hallmark movie names (they were always about a baby being stolen or some pseudo legal term like ‘Breach of Contract’ or ‘Where Is Little Boy Blue) and we’d also try our hand at spoof foreign movies too. A lot of these sound like what we would have come up with.
Only The New Land sounds Hollywood, maybe because it follows the adventures of the Swedes we met in The Emigrants as they continue to cope with life in the US. It’s even longer than the original, but just as good – a hard one to recommend for casual fans. This year’s winner is another Luis Bunuel hit, one which is still surreal but perhaps not so much that even today it will find an audience. Russia’s The Dawns Here Are Quiet is a girls only Dirty Dozen, an overlong yet passionate look at a group of women drafted into the military in WWII. The final two films couldn’t be more different – I Love You Rosa, is a meh romance, while My Dearest Senorita is a funny yet bizarre choice dealing with a woman who discovers she is really a man – alarming sexual stuff for the early 70s, but handled well enough.
My Winner: The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
My Nominations: Aguirre The Wrath Of God. Fist Of Fury. Last Tango In Paris. Way Of The Dragon. The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie
There was a bunch of other movies I could have included this year, some acclaimed, some all but forgotten, and some cult horror gems. I’ve gone with two films which have stood the critical test of time in Aguirre and Last Tango In Paris and two Bruce Lee classics. I wouldn’t expect anyone to vote for the Bruce Lee ones, especially not against the other two choices, but Way Of The Dragon is going to get my vote – funny, action-packed, thoughtful, featuring a great soundtrack – a film which will entice audiences into foreign cinema more than any other of the nominations, official or otherwise.
My Winner: Way Of The Dragon
Let us know in the comments which film of 1972 you pick as Best Foreign Film!