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RESULTS: TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time - The Italians Win with 'Bicycle Thief' & '8½'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 31, 2012 at 1:28PM

As of 10am Tuesday, here are the winners of our TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time Parts One (pre-1960) and Two (post-1960). Disagree? Go ahead and continue voting for your favorites. Below are the top five in each category. France is a clear winner, with four titles across the list of ten, and two winners for the late great Francois Truffaut! However Italy took #1 in both categories (trailers below). Viva Italia!
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As of 10am Tuesday, here are the winners of our TOH! Best Foreign Films of All Time Parts One (pre-1960) and Two (post-1960). Disagree? Go ahead and continue voting for your favorites. Below are the top five in each category. France is a clear winner, with four titles across the list of ten, and two winners for the late great Francois Truffaut! However Italy took #1 in both categories (trailers below). Viva Italia!

Top Five, Pre-1960

"The Bicycle Thief" (1948; Italy) Vittorio De Sica  9.77%

"The 400 Blows" (1959; France) Francois Truffaut  9.65%

"Seven Samurai" (1954; Japan) Akira Kurosawa  8.95%

"M" (1931; Germany) Fritz Lang  8.72%

"The Rules of the Game" (1939; France) Jean Renoir  8.49%

"The Bicycle Thief"
"The Bicycle Thief"

Top Five, Post-1960

"8½" (1963; Italy/France) Federico Fellini  9.68%

"Breathless" (1960; France) Jean-Luc Godard  8.74%

"In the Mood for Love" (2000; Hong Kong/France) Wong Kar Wai  8.74%

"Jules and Jim" (1962; France) François Truffaut  8.65%

"Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972; Germany) Werner Herzog  7.42%

This article is related to: Poll, Classics, Foreign, Directors


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.