Anyone has any recommendation for screwball comedies outside of the English-speaking world?
Le sauvage from Jean-Paul Rappeneau
This extremely entertaining comedy stars Yves Montand as a disenchanted perfume executive who has his private island (and his ENTIRE life) invaded by flighty Catherine Denueve. She’s escaping a pending marriage to hot-blooded lunatic Luigi Vannucchi and proceeds to make Montand’s life miserable.
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies http://mubi.com/films/25387
An argentinian screwball comedy in Buenos Aires
LOS GUANTES MÁGICOS (THE MAGIC GLOVES)
La India Maria?
Le Magnifique starring Jean Paul Belmondo and directed by Phillipe de Broca. I thought it was hilarious and I always like Belmondo
Adam’s Apples 2005 Danish (Anders Thomas Jensen)
The Happiness of The Katakuris 2001 Japanese (Takashi Miike)
Kung-Fu Hustle 2004 Cantonese (Stephen Chow)
Sex is Zero 2002 Korean
Sex and Zen 1991 Hong-Kong (Michael Mak)
My Left Eye Sees Ghost 2002 Hong-Kong (Johnnie To)
Some of the dialogue in OSS 117 (this one is Rio ne repond plus) might be a bit hard to get if you don’t know much about French history.
La Grande Vadrouille is quite funny. You could also give Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis a try, but practically all the comedy is linguistic-based. For example:
Mr Hulot’s Holiday – Jacques Tati
“The Tall Blond Man With One Brown Shoe” (France.)
Classic mixed-up-identity film with classical musician being mistaken for a spy.
i enjoyed big deal on madonna street.
shaolin soccer and 60 million dollar man – both stephen chow’s
Strictly speaking all screwball comedies were American films in the 30s and 40s (like the film noir was exclusively American). If you’re more open then you can find an early red silent screwball comedy in 1924: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Mr. West In The Land Of The Bolsheviks with Vsevolod Pudovkin as con-man and Boris Barnet as cowboy-bodyguard!!
Right, Movieguide. There’s a confusion of genres here, but comedy knows no nationality.