Subtitles: You May Like Them
Several years ago I was insulted on live radio by BBC Radio host Allan Beswick . I was living in Manchester at the time and had won tickets to see Alfie, the Musical. The followng morning I was interviewed on the air in the studio and told to give my opinion of the show. Unfortunately I found the story depressing. From where I sat, some ass named Alfie got girls pregnant, drank to much and never truly accepted the blame for his actions. So, being me…. I said that. On live radio. It was’t so much that all of Manchester heard it. It was that I said it to Allan Beswick.
“TYPICAL AMERICAN!”, he laughed. “Always wanting a happy ending!”
Good times, Mr. Beswick. Thanks for that insulting enlightenment. I’ve watched a lot of foreign films since that day and I understand what he meant. American film is great. But if, like me, you find yourself feeling outside the gushy perfection of glossed, plumped and cropped falsities of the god ol’ USA, here are my top three favorite foriegn films.
Ponette: An extremely captivating movie on how a little girl copes with her mother’s death.
Monsoon Wedding: A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Bread and Roses: Two Latina sisters work as cleaners in a downtown office building, and fight for the right to unionize.