Which of the languages supported by Lingq (besides English) have the largest number of films readily available online? Which countries/languages have the largest libraries of films and the most active film industries? This could influence my choice of an additional language.
Secondly, what is your favorite film in your target language?
I’ll nominate Russian for consideration. There is a huge library of Russian films from the Soviet era. The quality varies, and there are obvious formulas, but there are plenty high quality and entertaining films. The industry is still active (though the masses like their Hollywood blockbusters), and there are several outstanding post-Soviet films.
It’s hard to choose a favorite. “Особенности Национальной Охоты” would have to be near the top. It’s a comedy that I like as much for its characters as for the situations they get themselves into. Thanks, Evgueny, for the suggestion. Peculiarities of the National Hunt - Wikipedia
In terms of French, my favorite film is hands down Cyrano de Bergerac (1990 version). Cyrano is of course based on a play and it has many Shakespearean themes, tropes or however you want to call it. The film mixes drama, tragedy and comedy in an almost osmotic way. I generally don’t like comedies and I would not call it a comedy first and foremost but it is one movie that I probably have laughed the most watching it.
Don’t like comedies? 0.o I think for learners they have value in that insofar as much comedy has a visual element, which can entertain and maintain interest even when the speech is beyond grasp. In the beginning I watched a lot of films in which I couldn’t understand much that was spoken, but found them entertaining anyway, and the language exposure was useful. I actually prefer comedies in which much of the effect is from unique and interesting characters, but a film, comedy or otherwise, in which most of the interest is conveyed through dialogue alone will be more opaque and therefore less useful to beginner and intermediate learners. Anyway, I’ll have to see if I can find Cyrano de Bergerac dubbed in Russian. Thanks!
Kimi no na wa
Tampopo (should be Tanpopo)
Grave of the fireflies
My neighbours the Yamada
Tale of Princess Kaguya
I want to eat your pancreas
Wisper of the heart
The 7 samurais
The Wedding Banquet
Eat Drink Man Woman
More Mandarin movies here https://www.imdb.com/list/ls042966561/
I’m starting to collect native German movies.
Besides mentioned “Good Bye, Lenin! 2003” I would note “Lola, rennt 1998” and “Lammbock German 2001”.
Those are maybe not the best movies that German culture gave birth to., but they’re certainly good.
I’m sure there must be a whole layer of cool GDR and FRG movies.
Dear German friends, please name titles that you like or could recommend.
I am not so sure how good this website/service is from a language learning point of view (except for english learners) but as per my understanding they have both classics and avant garde films. The way it works is that every month you get 30 movies at a price of 9,99 $. I assume that there are going to be “international films” as well.
I think Spanish are the second largest and French the third. Speaking of mine native language, Portuguese, we don’t have so great movies, but there are a few you may know, like “Cidade de Deus” (en: City of God) and “Central do Brasil” (en: Central Station, this one was indicated for oscar). I really enjoy another ones like “O Auto da Compadecida” (en: A Dog’s Will - the title’s translation is very different from original) and “O Homem que copiava” (en: The Man Who Copied).
Just on a side note, in my opinion, the country with the most oddly inconsistent film output would have to be Germany. Now, of course we can all name some GREAT german films from the past decades: Das Boot, Lives of Others, Run Lola Run, Goodbye Lenin, etc. but the problem is, in between those great films Germany doesn’t seem to have a consistent output of solid mid level films like France and Spain does – despite the fact that Germany is one of the most populous counties in Europe. (Even the makers of those great films mentioned have a hard time following up within Germany – Das Boot’s Wolfgang Petersen went Hollywood right after that film, and the director of Lives of Others took years to pop up again with a decent but not great Don’t Look Away.*)
I think this overall inconsistency is a lingering result of a cultural loss suffered during the “unpleasant times” of the 1930’s and 40’s as well as the years of separation after the war and the imposed a cultural stifling on the east side of the wall.
Most of Germany’s output over the past decade seems to be concentrated on a fun, but somewhat odd obsession with TV police procedurals – Tatort being the flagship, followed by a fleet of others. I think per capita Germany has by far the largest number of crime shows on air, despite having a very low crime rate. (I read a statistic that last year, the entire Berlin police force fired only 11 shots in the line of duty, and most of those were on animals.) And again the quality of the TV output is very inconsistent. Babylon Berlin, and Generation War stand out as two great series – but Dogs of Berlin is a mess, and Tatort, which can be a fun experience at first, gets very old with its logical inconsistencies.
Again these are just observations from a German speaker who loves watching good german films and TV, and will continue to seek them out whenever possible.
(*Yes, I know, he did The Tourist, but it’s an abomination that should be forgotten and stricken from the record of anyone involved, except for Johnny Depp, who should forever be held responsible in the court of cinema for that atrocity. )
Germany were very prolific in movie making during the 1920s though, but from a language-learning perspective there’s limited utility from those. You may also want to explore the 70s and 80s as there should be some good German films from those decades (Berlin Alexanderplatz, any Fassbinder/Wenders/Herzog, Mephisto etc). This list: Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films - iCheckMovies.com should have some good ones.
I loved Generation War (Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter), it’s a shame they took it off of Netflix.
Besides that, I’m not sure about how many quality German films there are since I have yet to watch many, but I know there are some from the BRD such as “Isola Bella” and “Schick deine
Frau nicht nach Italien”.
For Russian, I really love Soviet movies, such as
Операция «Ы» и другие приключения Шурика
Иван Васильевич меняет профессию
Любовь и голуби
It’s really nice when they have subtitles in the target language, but for “Любовь и голуби” for example I couldn’t find any Russian subtitles initially, so I had to use the only helpful non-English option - Bulgarian - even though I don’t know a word of Bulgarian.