It’s been a while since I watched a foreign language film. I used to love watching foreign language films, especially the ones that won Oscars. (Just to clarify, I’m not counting English as a foreign language.)
I think that the first Oscar-winning foreign language film that I saw was Cinema Paradiso, a lovely Italian film. It’s one of my favourite movies. I love the two characters, the old man and the little boy, and the backdrop of using a movie theatre to tell a story. It’s such a beautiful story too, if you haven’t watched it, go rent the DVD.
Il Postino, a story about a postman, is another masterpiece. Of course, Life is Beautiful, another Italian classic got a lot of publicity as well. Well deserved too. Roberto Benigni, even used humour to tell a story set in the holocaust. Life is Beautiful was a brilliant film.
Another Oscar winner that I loved was Kolya, a Czech movie about a little boy and his step-father, a superb film.
I saw all these movies with sub-titles. In India, they usually dub the movies with English instead of sub-titles and I think that it takes a lot out of the movie. So much of a movie is dialogue and if you lose the native tongue, it’s not the same. A movie like The Passion of the Christ was made even more powerful by the use of Aramaic.
Remember when DD was the only channel and they played national award-winning films every week with sub-titles. Some of those movies were superb as well. Does anyone watch DD now-a-days in cities?
Maybe some channel can start picking up Oscar-winning and award-winning movies and start showing them consistently. With sub-titles of course.