Films I’ve Reviewed – Other Languages


Adhey Kangal (1967) (The Same Eyes) [Tamil]
Afrita Hanem (1949) (Little Miss Devil) [Arabic – Egyptian]
Agni Pariksha (1954)
(Trial by Fire) [Bengali]
Akahige (1965) (Red Beard) [Japanese]
Aparajito (1956) (The Unvanquished) [Bengali]
Apur Sansar (1959) (Apu’s World) [Bengali]
Aranyer Din Raatri (1970) (Days and Nights in the Forest) [Bengali]
Armaan (1966) [Urdu – Pakistani]
Andha Naal (1954) (That Day) [Tamil]
Animas Trujano (1962) [Spanish – Mexican]


Baksa Badal (1970) (The Suitcase Switch) [Bengali]
Balgan Mahura (1964) (The Red Scarf) [South Korean]
Barnali (1963) [Bengali]
Bedari (1956) (Wakefulness) [Urdu – Pakistani]
Bienvenido, Mister Marshall! (1953)
(Welcome, Mister Marshall!) [Spanish]
Brilliantovaya Ruka (1969) (The Diamond Arm) [Russian]
Bronenosets Potyomkin (1925) (The Battleship Potemkin) [Russian] – silent


Chakrapani (1954) [Telugu]
Chaowa-Pawa (1959)
(To Want and To Have) [Bengali]
Charulata (1964) (aka The Lonely Wife) [Bengali]
Chemmeen (1965) (aka The Anger of the Sea) [Malayalam]
Chiriakhana (1967)
(The Zoo) [Bengali]


Deep Jwele Jaai (1959) (To Light a Lamp) [Bengali]
Die-Trapp Familie (1956) (The Trapp Family) [German]
Der Tiger von Eschnapur (1959) (The Tiger of Eschnapur) [German]
Devchata (1961) (The Girls) [Russian]
Devi (1960) (The Goddess) [Bengali]
Don Camillo (1952) (Le Petit Monde du Don Camillo aka The Little World of Don Camillo) [Italian/French]
Dupatta (1952) [Urdu – Pakistani]


El Verdugo (1963) (The Executioner, aka Not on Your Life) [Spanish]


Fanfan la Tulipe (1952) (Fanfan the Tulip) [French]


Gojira (1954) (Godzilla) [Japanese]
Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1968) (The Adventures of Goopy and Bagha) [Bengali]


Hanyo (1960) (The Housemaid) [South Korean]
Hoří, má Panenko (1967) (The Firemen’s Ball) [Czech]
Hua Mu-Lan (1964)
(Lady General Hua Mu-Lan) [Chinese]


I Soliti Ignoti (1958)
(The Usual Unknown Thieves, aka Big Deal on Madonna Street) [Italian]


Jalsaghar (1958) (The Music Room) [Bengali]
Jhinder Bondi (1961) (The Prisoner of Jhind) [Bengali]
Jighansha (1951) (Blood-lust) [Bengali]


Kakushi-toride no san-akunin (1958) (The Three Villains of the Hidden Fortress, aka The Hidden Fortress) [Japanese]
Kalapi (1966) [Gujarati]
Kannur Deluxe (1969) [Malayalam]
Kapurush O Mahapurush (1965) (The Coward and The Holy Man) [Bengali]
Karnan (1964) [Tamil]
Khozhdenie Za Tri Moray
(1957) (The Journey Beyond Three Seas aka Pardesi) [Russian/Hindi]
Kiiroi Karasyu (1957) (Yellow Crow, aka Behold Thy Son) [Japanese]


Ladri di Biciclette (1948) (Bicycle Thieves) [Italian]
La Femme du Boulanger (1938)  (The Baker’s Wife) [French]
La Grande Guerra (1959) (The Great War) [Italian]
La Grande Vadrouille (1966) (Don’t Look Now – We’re Being Shot At) [French]
L’armata Brancaleone (1966) (For Love and Gold) [Italian]
La Tía Tula (1964) (Aunt Tula) [Spanish]
Le Grand Restaurant (1966) (The Restaurant) [French]
Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959) (The Four Hundred Blows) [French]
Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) (Mr Hulot’s Holiday) [French]
Lukochuri (1958) (Stealth) [Bengali]


Macario (1960) [Spanish – Mexican]
Maengjinsadaek Gyeongsa (1962) (A Happy Day of Maeng Jinsa) [South Korean]
Mahanagar (1963) (The Big City) [Bengali]
Mahapurush (1965) (The Holy Man) [Bengali]
Maya Bazaar (1957) (Marketplace of Illusions) [Telugu]
Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960) (The Cloud-Capped Star) [Bengali]
Metropolis (1927) [German]
– silent
Muhomatsu no Issho (1958) (The Rickshaw Man) [Japanese]


Nanak Naam Jahaaz Hai (1969) (The Name of Nanak is a Ship) [Punjabi]
Ni Liv (1957)
 (Nine Lives) [Norwegian]



Pathala Bhairavi (1951) (The Goddess of the Underground) [Telugu]
Pather Panchali (1955) (Song of the Little Road) [Bengali]
Pathlaag (1964) (Chase) [Marathi]
Pendekar Bujang Lapok (1959) (The Three Bachelor Warriors) [Malay]
Persona (1966) [Swedish]
Plein Soleil (1960) (Purple Noon) [French]
Polosatyy Reys (1961) (Striped Trip, aka A Lively Voyage) [Russian]
Pote tin Kyriaki (1960) (Never on Sunday) [Greek]



Rajkumari (1970) (Princess) [Bengali]
Rashōmon (1950) [Japanese]
Riso Amaro (1949) (Bitter Rice) [Italian]


Sagarika (1956) [Bengali]
Samskara (1970) (Funeral Rites) [Kannada]
Satluj de Kande (1964) (On the Banks of the Satluj) [Punjabi]
Seong Chun-Hyang (1961) [South Korean]
Shaarey Chuattar (1953) (Seventy-Four and a Half) [Bengali]
Shichi-nin No Samurai (1953)
(Seven Samurai) [Japanese]
Shijibganeun Nal (1956) (The Wedding Day) [South Korean]


Tengoku to Jigoku (1963) (High and Low) [Japanese]
Thana Theke Aschi (1965) (An Inspector Calls) [Bengali]
Thillana Mohanambal (1968) (The Dance Queen Mohanambal) [Tamil]


Ugetsu (1953) [Japanese]




Xiao Cheng Zhi Chun (1948) (Spring in a Small Town) [Chinese]



11 thoughts on “Films I’ve Reviewed – Other Languages

  1. Hello Madhulika! It’s been quite a while since I last visited your blog and made some comments here, but I hope you could still remember me (we’re also contacts on Facebook, btw). :)

    Like I said, it’s been quite a while. A lot has been happening, and one of those is that I have gotten even crazier about old films and music. Whether Hollywood or locally-made (locally, i.e. Filipino), it seems like I can’t get enough of it anymore. Now that I am really into these classics, sometimes I am reminded of you since you and your blog are also an avid viewer of it and you write such amazing reviews of the classics that you are able to watch.

    I hope I could also share to you the classic films from our country since they’re good films to see, too. But unfortunately, most of them aren’t even available in the video stores, and no subtitled version exists for almost every one of it… But I think there’s this few of our surviving pre-war films which were narrated in English… Would you mind if I recommend any of these few? :)


    • Hey Sam, good to have you back here! And of course, I remember you – in fact, I’ve been drooling over some of the stuff from classic Filipino movies you’ve been posting on Facebook. and was thinking I must ask you for recommendations! I would LOVE to get recommendations of any Filipino films, as long as I can get English-subbed/dubbed versions. Please, please! :-D


  2. Wow, really? You should have told me about my posts then, and perhaps we’ve had a lot of talks about our country’s classic films already! :D But better late than later, I guess, hahaha. Anyway, as I’ve mentioned, I only know a few titles which are narrated in English or maybe even subbed (for the subbed one, I’m still going to check that out).

    Perhaps you should try Zamboanga (1936). Zamboanga is a name of a province in the southern part of our country, if you might wonder about the title. I’m now apologizing for the not-so-good quality of the film especially in its audio; sadly, most of our surviving films weren’t fully preserved and restored like those of Hollywood and other countries’ films (still, I think and hope that the people behind the restoration process are on their way to giving more improvements on film preservation and restoration).

    You may watch the said film on YouTube. Here are the links to the uploads; the film was divided in to four parts:

    1 –
    2 –
    3 –
    4 –

    There you go. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it. I would also like to share that it starred one of the actresses that I really like – her name’s Rosa del Rosario. :)

    Tell me what you think about it when you finally see it. Thanks!


    • Sam , thanks so much! Till a few years back, I hadn’t really watched too many films that weren’t in English or Hindi – and then a friend of mine brought me some Spanish films, and a Brazilian writer I met at a writers’ residency gave me some Brazilian films. Ever since, I’ve been trying to expand my horizons and watch films from other countries as well – and I’ve been having a lot of fun! It’s interesting to see different cultures from the point of view of their cinema. :-)

      Thanks a ton for the Zamboanga links. I’ll try to see the movie this weekend – even if I can’t, I’ll download it from the links and see it soon!


  3. You have not reviewed some of the films of the great actor Sivaji Ganesan. I would suggest the following.
    1- kappal oattiya thamizhan ( as V.O.Chithambaram PillAI)
    2- Motor Sundaram Pillai
    3- Navaraathri –nine roles
    4- Sabash meena – with Chandra babu
    5- Rangone Radha- with Banumathi
    6– Puthayal- with Padmini
    7- Thookku thookki- with Padmini
    8- Utthama puthran- with Padmini
    9- Amaradheepam – with Savithri and Padmini
    10 Parasakthi – his first film
    All these are available for free viewing in youtube


  4. Hi Madhulika,

    I’m an engineer living in Mumbai. In my childhood I spent some summers in Kolkata during the mid 70s, and since then, the city, and everything Bengali – the music, the culture, the language, the sweets, has stayed in my system, never to leave! Watching the Bengali movie songs of the 50’s and 60’s on YouTube got me to Sharmila’s song from Barnali, and on further search for info on this movie, I stumbled upon Dusted Off and read your review…

    Firstly, I have to say that I just loved your style of reviewing.. you are one phenomenal story teller!! You clearly love stories (like I do).. and have an absolutely amazing ability to describe scenes, emotions, feelings.. you actually “live” the movie and relate the story scene by scene in such a breezy, charmingly descriptive style! Really enjoyed it! Excuse the eulogy, but I’ve turned an unabashed Fan from Review #1 itself and have since read at least a half dozen more on your Blog (Agni Pariksha, Pather Panchali, Waris, Charulata.. besides of course, Barnali). Just after reading the Barnali review, I hunted it out on YouTube and watched it! And loved it! Please review more Bengali movies.. I’m a huge Uttam Kumar fan! I don’t understand Bengali but have watched some movies with subtitles (Deya Neya, Sesh Anka, Sabar Oparey, Indrani, Basant Bilap, to name a few).

    Anyways, great to have discovered your website.. will check out your books too! Take care and keep writing!! 😊


    • This is just the sort of comment that makes me continue to write this blog, even when I’m very busy writing my books. Thank you so very, very much. I am so glad you’re enjoying what you’re reading here. I will certainly review more Bengali films – I love them too, so though I understand very little Bangla and am therefore dependent on subtitles, they happen to be the most oft-reviewed non-Hindi, non-English films on my blog. :-)

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.