1971-1980

Albert Maysles & David Maysles – Muhammad and Larry (1980)

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Through the poetic lens of visionary filmmakers Albert and David Maysles, Muhammad and Larry explores the unique and poignant relationship between two great boxers and two remarkable men who were more than just competitors. They were once teacher and student, and remain close friends. –Maysles Films Read More »

Alain Resnais – Providence (1977)

The film describes the process of literary creation. Part of the story unfolds in the imagination of Clive Langham, a famous writer who has learnt that he has only a few months of life left and, on the eve of his seventieth birthday, is working on his last novel: a story in which he speaks of himself, his memories and his family. The links and divergences between art and life are underlined. Believing he is describing others, he describes himself, revealing hidden aspects of his personality. Read More »

Enzo Milioni – La sorella di Ursula AKA Curse of Ursula AKA The Sister of Ursula (1978)

Ursula Beyne and her sister Dagmar are two Austrian women on a trip through Italy to find their mother who abandoned them as children, so that they can give her news of their father’s recent passing. Ursula has really taken the news of her father’s passing to heart and is reeling from the loss. So much that she has even developed slight psychic intuition. The two sisters wind up at an incredibly fancy hotel that is run by a man named Roberto Delleri, who is in the process of his own internal power dispute with his wife. Read More »

Joris Ivens & Marceline Loridan Ivens & Jean Bigiaoui – Comment Yukong déplaça les montagnes AKA How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1977)

From 1972 until 1974, Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan, along with a Chinese film crew, documented the last days of the Cultural Revolution, marking the end of an era. The vast amount of footage they shot was edited into twelve films of varying lengths. Focusing on ordinary people spread over a wide geographic area-many of whom were living and working in collectives-the filmmakers recorded a unique moment in history, and also captured some of the more enduring aspects of Chinese culture. Read More »

Federico Fellini – I Clowns (1971)

SYNOPSIS
The Clowns is part drama, part fantasy, part pseudo-documentary, and all about the mind of Federico Fellini. Even only having gathered bits along the way, I am aware of Fellini’s penchant for clowns, circuses, grotesqueries, and the absurd. The Clowns is his way of exploring this one corner of his mind and why clowns and the circus had such a great hold on people in the 20th century. This is a phenomenon which saw its greatest heights in the 20th century, after all, the art of clowning is less admired now than it once was. Read More »

Lucio Marcaccini – Roma drogata: la polizia non può intervenire AKA Hallucination Strip (1975)

Lucio Marcaccini’s only film, Hallucination Strip is a psychedelic trip with a social commentary. Bud Cort, in his debut performance, plays Massimo Monaldi, a student involved in political protests and juvenile delinquency. When Massimo steals a valuable tobacco box, he quickly becomes tangled in a dangerous web between the police and the mafia. Culminating in an extended and elaborately choreographed party sequence, underscored with an excellent soundtrack by Albert Verrecchia, Hallucination Strip excels with it’s not-so-subtle mix of sex, drugs, religion, politics and corruption. Read More »

Georges Franju – Nuits rouges AKA Shadowman [+Extra] (1974)

Film Review
Georges Franju’s last film for the cinema was to be his second homage to the silent Louis Feuillade crime serials of the 1910s – the first being his inspired remake of Judex in 1963. Nuits rouges is a curious cinematic beast that owes as much to the adolescent American fantasy-thriller serials of the 1940s and 1960s as it does to Feuillade. It is certainly not what you would have expected from a man with a reputation as a serious filmmaker and co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française, France’s national film library. Read More »