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Road Trip: Going (waaay) South
List creator: underdog
Created on: January 17, 2003 - 11:35 AM PST
Description: A travelogue of films that will take you from the US on south as far as you can go. Not every film will exactly make you want to run out and go there, but they'll certainly give you a sense of place.

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Lone Star (1996)
  John Sayles' best interweaves several narratives into one humanistic whole set in a Tex-Mex border town
The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
Not Rated
  Ida Lupino's fast-paced, gritty, realistic little noir crosses a good chunk of Baja California
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
Not Rated
  Sultry, funny, dark, and full of life - one of the best films from Mexico in years
Under Fire (1983)
  Severely underrated and harrowing political drama set in the mess that was 1980s Nicaragua
Behind the Sun (2001)
  Stirring, beautifully crafted (almost to a fault) period drama set in Brazil's rugged northeastern badlands
The Emerald Forest (1985)
  Dramatic story of an American whose son disappears into the Brazilian rainforest; gorgeous to look at
Fitzcarraldo (1982)
  And to the Peruvian jungle we go for obsessed director Werner Herzog's awe-inspiring film about an obsessed baron
Black Orpheus (Criterion Collection) (1959)
  If this reworking of the Orpheus myth doesn't get your samba groove on, nothing will. A non-stop backdrop of Carnival keeps the music flowing even when the story turns dark. Beautiful and haunting.
The Official Story (1985)
  Taut political and emotional drama from Argentina won Best Foreign Film Oscar
South: Shackleton & the Endurance (1919)
  And going as far South as one can go (to Antarctica) for this amazing documentary by one of Shackleton's mates

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