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Film Studies: International Films

Whether you are a film student looking for research materials or just want to sit back and enjoy a classic movie, this guide will help direct you to resources to make your search easier.

Our international films are arranged by LANGUAGE and then TITLE under the call number DVD PN1997.9


PN1997.9 .A37        AFRICAN

PN1997.9 .A73        ARABIC

PN1997.9 .A74        ARAMAIC

PN1997.9 .B67        BOSNIAN

PN1997.9 .C45        CHINESE

PN1997.9 .C94        CZECH

PN1997.9 .D36        DANISH

PN1997.9 .D88        DUTCH

PN1997.9 .F74        FRENCH

PN1997.9 .G47        GERMAN

PN1997.9 .G74        GREEK

PN1997.9 .H43        HEBREW

PN1997.9 .H86        HUNGARIAN

PN1997.9 .I53         INDIAN

PN1997.9 .I83         ITALIAN

PN1997.9 .J37        JAPANESE

PN1997.9 .K67        KOREAN

PN1997.9 .K87        KURDISH

PN1997.9 .P47        PERSIAN

PN1997.9 .P66        POLISH

PN1997.9 .P67        PORTUGUESE

PN1997.9 .R87        RUSSIAN

PN1997.9 .S63        SPANISH

PN1997.9 .S94        SWEDISH

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The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Russian, 1938) - drama

Based on Maxim Gorky's 1913 autobiography, this film offers a rich view of life in 19th century Russia. The film is filled with powerful portraits of lower-class people whose qualities of integrity and dignity shine through their hopeless circumstances.

Babette's Feast (Danish, 1987) - drama/romance

Babette, a refugee from France's civil war, introduces the pleasures of French gourmet dining to a small coastal village that has followed the practice of "salvation through self-denial" for many years.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Mandarin Chinese, 2000) - action/adventure

Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen. A young aristocratic woman prepares for an arranged marriage, but soon reveals her superior fighting talents and romantic past. As each warrior battles for justice, they come face-to-face with their worst enemy...and the enduring power of love.

City of God (Brazilian Portuguese, 2003) - crime/drama

For a frail and scared young boy, photography becomes the way out of Rio de Janeiro's crime-ridden "City of God" slum.

Yesterday (Zulu, 2004) - drama/indie film

A South African village woman (Yesterday) discovers she has AIDS. Her two goals become to travel to Johannesburg to deliver the news to her laborer husband, and to live long enough to see her young daughter start school.

Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish, 2006) - fantasy/war

Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Blade II, Hellboy), this film uses fairy tale and mythology to tell the story of a young girl who enters a mysterious labyrinth and finds herself at the center of a battle between Good and Evil.

Coco & Igor Stravinsky (French, 2009) romance/drama

The film opens with a riveting recreation of The Rite of Spring premiere in Paris, which Coco Chanel attended. Seven years later, she and Stravinsky meet again -- he is now near penniless and living in exile with his family.

The Kindergarten Teacher (Hebrew, 2015) - drama

A teacher becomes obsessed with her five-year-old student, who appears to have an otherworldly talent for language and poetry.

Toni Erdmann (German, 2016) - drama/comedy-drama

A father tries to reconnect with his type-A corporate daughter by taking on the persona of an over-the-top life coach with the name "Toni Erdmann."

The Square (Swedish, 2018) - drama/comedy

A prestigious Stockholm museum's curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit. A satirical drama that addresses the sense of community, moral courage, and the affluent person's need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.

Shoplifters (Japanese, 2018) - drama/crime

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that test their belief that it is love, not blood, that defines a family.

Parasite (Korean, 2019) - thriller/comedy

Kim Ki-teak's family are all unemployed and living in a squalid basement. When his son gets a tutoring job at the lavish home of the Park family, the Kim family's luck changes. One by one they gradually infiltrate the wealthy Park's home, attempting to take over their affluent lifestyle.

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