cinewest wrote: ↑
July 7th, 2019, 11:19 am
I think your answer about not liking contemporary “foreign films” speaks for a lot of folks who voted here, but it also leads me to wonder why?
Is it that you are just not interested in other cultures that much, or different approaches and cinematic styles?.
You say that you like older “foreign language” films more, and again I wonder why?
I am sincerely curious if only because I believe your answer might explain what many others here think, as well.
Your question about me not being interested in other cultures already should be answered, since I said I like older foreign films. I see LOTS of older foreign films. The features on my watchlist are typically about two-thirds foreign-language.
Generally speaking, I just find there's often a difference between new and old foreign films (maybe we can get past the ironic quotes and niggling over the "foreign" and "non-English" distinction, eh?) The new ones tend to be little naturalistic, inspiring tales about one or two vulnerable underdogs finding their way in the world. They seem influenced by reality TV, and the filmmaking follows -- nothing at all interesting happening with the direction. And the older ones are likely to be more cinematic, where the dominant impression is that of a virtuoso director communicating his "vision" of the world. The actors are pieces of a puzzle rather than the central focus. This is a gross generalization, of course, but a lot of my viewings go this way for me. And the contemporary filmmakers with a lot of aggressive style often go into horror, which doesn't interest me much. And I don't like anime, which wasn't as prominent in the past.
I'll look up a contemporary foreign film to see if it sounds worth watching, and the pitch is all about the story. If the story sounds engaging, the film will be. Otherwise, not. The filmmaking isn't really a factor. How many Fellini films sound good, just based on reading the premise?
Some of the high-ranking foreign films I put on my 2010s list feel to me like throwbacks to the way foreign films used to be made...films like Embrace of the Serpent, Cold War, Endless Poetry, Holy Motors, The Handmaiden and Biancanieves. But you can keep your Jagten, your Oslo, August 31st, your Incendies, your Loveless, your Intouchables, your Dardennes....
Broad strokes, yes. Many exceptions can be cited.
I did like Amour, Mustang and A Separation a lot, which are in that "little human stories" mode.