1971-1980

Barbet Schroeder – La vallée AKA Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (1972)

P l o t
Viviane (Ogier), the wife of the French consul in Melbourne, joins a group of explorers in search of a mysterious hidden valley in the bush of New Guinea, where she hopes to find the feathers of an extremely rare exotic bird. Along the way through the dense jungles of Papua New Guinea and on the peak of Mount Giluwe, she and the small group of explorers make contact with the Mapuga tribe, one of the most isolated groups of human beings on earth, who inspire them to explore their own humanity, unfettered by their own subjective ideas of “civilization”. The search becomes a search for a paradise said to exist within a valley marked as “obscured by cloud” on the only map of the area available dated as surveyed in 1969. Read More »

Kiyoshi Nishimura – Hairpin Circus (1972)

A retired racing champion, now a driving instructor, gets involved with the speed tribes after impulsively taking to the streets to relive his former glory. Read More »

Pedro Chaskel & Luis Alberto Sanz – No es hora de llorar AKA It Is Not The Time To Cry (1971)

Through the testimony of the victims of the Brazilian dictatorship, and the re-creation of the practices to which they were subjected, the torture suffered by the Brazilian political detainees in their country is denounced. Restored version.

About the Work:
Sanz commented in a 1971 interview that “he decided to work with Pedro Chaskel, because he saw that the realization would be an opportunity to ally the political vision of the Brazilian Armed Tactical Front fighters and the technical capacity of one of the best Latin American documentalists, so that both he and I could achieve the sole objective of being spokesmen for the Brazilian revolution “(Silva, Mariano, Ercilla No. 1898. Santiago, December 1971. pp. 72-73). Read More »

Jocelyne Saab – War Children AKA Les Enfants de la Guerre (1976)

A few days after the Karantina massacre, in a predominantly Muslim slum in Beirut, Jocelyne Saab meets the surviving children, who are marked by the horrific visions of the combat they witnessed. After giving them pens to draw with and inviting them to play under the watchful eye of her camera, the director is faced with a bitter realization: they no longer know any other game than that of war, and it will soon become a profession for them as well. Read More »

Frank Perry – ‘Doc’ (1971)

New Beverly Cinema writes:
Director Frank Perry deconstructs the legends of Doc Holliday (Stacey Keach) and Wyatt Earp (Harris Yulin) with a vengeance in this superb revisionist take on what went down in Tombstone at the OK Corral. Alcoholic former dentist and gunslinging gambler Holliday settles in Arizona to help treat his tuberculosis, wins one of the Clanton gang’s wives, Kate (Faye Dunaway) in a game of poker and runs into old friend, Wyatt (Harris Yulin). Keach hits just the right tone with his portrayal of the dissolute idealist who is alternately at odds with those closest to him but also a loyal friend. Yulin’s Earp is a conflicted, ambitious man, believing in the rule of law, but also a calculating politician campaigning for sheriff, ready to go up against the most powerful interests in town – which just happen to be the Clantons. Read More »

Sogo Ishii – Totsugeki! Hakata Gurentai aka Charge! Hooligans of Hakata (1978)

The film that put ISHII on the map, thanks to a Grand Prize at Japan’s bastion of indie cinema, the PIA Film Festival. Those who know the director mainly for his punk style films will be surprised, not to mention delighted, by this ode to 1970s yakuza movies à la Kinji FUKASAKU. A movie like a good rock band: it stars a charismatic young cast, has energy to spare, and thumps with a pace and rhythm that sweep you breathlessly along. (Tom Mes) Read More »

Enzo G. Castellari – La Polizia incrimina la legge assolve AKA High Crime (1973)

Description:
Franco Nero is Commissioner Belli, a tough cop going hard after a very large international narcotics ring. Naturally there are people who do not like what he is doing. Belli plays it cool until they mess with his family. Then it’s not only about bringing the pushers to justice, but getting revenge as well. With a truly mesmerizing score by Guido De Angelis & Maurizio De Angelis, High Crime is a truly great film experience that lives up to it’s hype. Read More »