This year, Eskil Vogt and Joachim Treves are nominated for an Oscar for their original screenplay of the Norwegian hit ‘The Worst Person in the World’. In the first 76 years of this category, only five films in languages other than English won the gold Oscar in this category.
So let’s test your Oscar story. Without touching the Internet or your reference books, which was the first of these five to win in this category? Could it be Jacques Prevertthe script of Marcel Carnethe beloved French epic ‘Les enfants du paradis’, which began here in 1946. Sorry, it didn’t. Are you giving up?
It was “Marie-Louise,” which won the 18th Academy Awards on March 7, 1946 on the original screenplays of “Dillinger,” “Music for Millions,” “Salty O’Rourke,” and “What Next, Private Hargrove? “
Since then, only four more films in languages other than English have won the Oscar for screenplay,” the Italian films “The Red Balloon” (1956) and “Italian Divorce” (1962); the 1966 Gallic import “A Man and a Woman” and 2019’s “Parasite” from South Korea.
To tell the truth, “Marie-Louise” didn’t have much competition. It was the first Oscars since the end of World War II. Perhaps voters thought it would be a grand gesture to honor the 1944 German and French-speaking Swiss production which, according to the New York Times, was the first foreign-language film released in the Big Apple in November 1945.
The Times described it as the story of a “dark French girl, a resident of badly bombed Rouen, who is evacuated, with other children, to Switzerland for a few brief months of rest, and the subtle emotional consequence of this experience”. on her and on her benevolent hosts. The reviewer found it “essentially a warm and heartfelt little film” praising the star Josiane Heggwho seems to have made no other film to be “deeply touching as the lead character with skinny, spindly hair”.
Swiss screenwriter Richard Schweizewon the Oscar. And three years later, he won another Oscar with David Wechsler for Best Writing, Cinematic Story for the classic post-war drama “The Search,” for which Montgomery Clift earns his first Oscar nomination and Ivan Jandl received a Juvenile Oscar for his performance.
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