Martin Scorsese Creates a List of 39 Essential Foreign Films for a Young Filmmaker

Director Recommends 39 Films To Young Filmmaker


  • 8.7/10

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    1954

    Seven Samurai

    A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle w ...

    action

    black and white

    drama

    epic

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 8.4/10

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    1963

    High and Low

    An executive mortgages all he owns to stage a coup and gain control of the National Shoe Company, with the intent of keeping the company out of the hands of incompetent and greedy executives. He needs the same money, though, to pay the ransom that will possibly save a child's life. His resolution of ...

    black and white

    corruption

    crime

    drama

    film noir

    golden palm

  • 8.4/10

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    1954

    Sansho the Bailiff

    In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

    black and white

    drama

    golden palm

    independent film

    life & death

    melancholy

  • 8.3/10

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    1960

    Rocco and His Brothers

    The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. ...

    black and white

    drama

    family

    family drama

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 8.2/10

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    1962

    The Easy Life

    Bruno Cortona and Roberto Mariani meet by chance as Roberto helps Bruno one day while everything is closed in Rome for the holiday weekend. The two men could not be more different. Thirty-six year old Bruno is extroverted, a man who seizes opportunities as they arise, is an excitement seeker, has ne ...

    corruption

    golden palm

    mafia

    philosophy

    psychological

    psychology

  • 8.2/10

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    1953

    Tokyo Story

    An elderly couple journey to Tokyo to visit their children and are confronted by indifference, ingratitude and selfishness. When the parents are packed off to a resort by their impatient children, the film deepens into an unbearably moving meditation on mortality.

    black and white

    family drama

    golden palm

    life & death

    melancholy

    social commentary

  • 8.2/10

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    1953

    Ugetsu

    In the beginning of the springtime in the period of the Japanese Civil Wars of the Sixteenth Century in Lake Biwa in the Province of Omi, the family man farmer and craftsman Genjurô travels to Nagahama to sell his wares and makes a small fortune. His neighbor Tobei that is a fool man dreams on becom ...

    artistic

    black and white

    civil war

    golden palm

    melancholy

    morality

  • 8.1/10

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    1974

    Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

    Emmi, a German woman in her mid-sixties, falls in love with Ali, a Moroccan immigrant worker around twenty-five years younger. When they abruptly decide to marry, everyone around them seems appalled. When the folks calm down a bit, Emmi and Ali's relationship grows uncertain.

    golden palm

    interracial romance

    melancholy

    prejudice

    social commentary

    tragedy

  • 8.1/10

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    1959

    The 400 Blows

    Seemingly in constant trouble at school, 14 year-old Antoine Doinel returns at the end of every day to a drab and unhappy home life. His parents have little money and he sleeps on a couch that's been pushed into the kitchen. He knows his mother is having an affair and his parents bicker constantly. ...

    black and white

    golden palm

    melancholy

    semi autobiographical

    social commentary

  • 8/10

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    1976

    Kings of the Road

    A traveling projection-equipment mechanic works in Western Germany along the East-German border, visiting worn-out theatres. He meets with a depressed young man whose marriage has just broken up, and the two decide to travel together.

  • 8/10

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    1972

    Aguirre: The Wrath of God

    A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But wil ...

    art house

    dark hero

    golden palm

    surreal

  • 8/10

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    1958

    Big Deal on Madonna Street

    Peppe, formerly a boxer, organizes the break-in of a pawnshop. Tiberio, an unemployed photographer, Mario, a receiver, the Sicilian Michele and Capannelle, an ex-jockey, are the other members of the gang. Though they are advised by Dante, a retired burglar, the task is not so easy...

    crime

    golden palm

    satirical

  • 7.9/10

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    1979

    The Marriage of Maria Braun

    This movie follows the life of a young German woman, married to a soldier in the waning days of WWII. Fassbinder has tried to show the gritty life after the end of WWII and the turmoil of the people trapped in its wake.

    golden palm

    melancholy

    political

    tragedy

  • 7.9/10

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    1974

    The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

    Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could re ...

    golden palm

    melancholy

    metaphysics

    surreal

  • 7.9/10

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    1960

    Breathless

    Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met ...

    artistic

    black and white

    crime

    film noir

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 7.9/10

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    1960

    L'Avventura

    A group of rich Italians head out on a yachting trip to a deserted volcanic island in the Mediterranean. When they are about to leave the island, they find Anna, the main character up to this point, has gone missing. Sandro, Anna's boyfriend, and Claudia, Anna's friend, try without success to find h ...

    art house

    artistic

    golden palm

    melancholy

  • 7.8/10

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    1964

    Band of Outsiders

    A triangle: Franz, Arthur, and Odile. Franz, a young man with Alain Delon good looks, has met Odile in an English class. She lives in Joinville with wealthy benefactors and has mentioned to Franz that Mr. Stolz keeps a pile of 10,000 franc notes unlocked in his room. Franz tells his friend Arthur, a ...

    crime

    film noir

    golden palm

    melancholy

    satirical

  • 7.7/10

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    1968

    Death by Hanging

    A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

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