1971-1980

Torbjörn Axelman – Smoke (1971)

Lee Hazelwood plays Smoke. An American in Sweden, who works at a local factory and lives in a collective with other hippies and factory workers (among them Christina Lindberg). Together these youngsters go on strike. The owner’s daughter, who Smokes dates, gets murdered (‘smoked’) by one of the factory worker whom later blames Smoke. Smoke gets shot and wounded, and everything is down from there. Read More »

    Niklaus Schilling – Nachtschatten AKA Nightshade (1972)

    This film was one of the few attempts of the “New German cinema” to produce something like a horror film. Not quite a successful attempt in my opinion since director Niklaus Schilling seems to be rather afraid of anything to do with “genre” and therefore keeps out most the atmosphere that could be achieved by exploiting Germanic mysticism as he does here. The film has an unpleasantly pretentious aura and could’ve made much more of its theme and locations. Read More »

      Vera Chytilová – Panelstory aneb Jak se rodí sídliste AKA Panelstory – Or Birth of A Community (1980)

      Quote:
      An old man is wandering round a badly signposted and as yet mostly under construction Prague housing estate looking for the high rise block into which he is supposed to be moving with his daughter’s family. The old granddad from the countryside likes chatting, nothing escapes his eyes and he wants to give everyone a helping hand. Read More »

        William Richert – Winter Kills (1979)

        Synopsis:
        Nineteen years after President Timothy Kegan (John Warner) was assassinated, his brother Nick (Jeff Bridges) discovers a dying man claiming to have been the gunman. While trying to avoid his wealthy and domineering father’s attempts to control his actions, Nick follows the clues that have been handed to him. As he progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the real trails from the dead ends, and increasing dangerous as unknown parties try to stop Nick from uncovering the truth. Read More »

          Yôichi Takabayashi – Honjin satsujin jiken AKA Death at an Old Mansion (1976)

          Quote:
          When a woman and her bridegroom are found dead in a double suicide the day after their wedding, it is up to the detective to figure out what could possibly have motivated them. Carefully and systematically, he pieces together the inner lives of the two. Read More »

            Lamberto Bava – Macabro aka Macabre (1980)

            Synopsis:
            A New Orleans housewife leaves her daughter and son home alone to meet her lover. While with him, she receives a call that her son has died. Wreckless driving rushing to her house results in a horrible accident. The lover dies and she is sent to a mental institution to recover from the psychological trauma. Upon her release a year later she moves into the boarding house where they would rendezvous. The landlord has passed away and her blind son is left to maintain the house. With every day that passes, his lust for her grows while she remains true to her lover. The situation comes to a “head” on a weekend visit with her daughter. All secrets will be revealed and no one will be the same. Inspired by actual events. Read More »

              Jane Arden & Jack Bond – Anti-Clock (1980)

              Quote:
              A complex and fascinating experimental exploration of time and identity. Anti-Clock is a film of authentic, startling originality.

              Brilliantly mixing cinema and video techniques, Arden and Bond have created a movie that captures the anxiety and sense of danger that has infiltrated the consciousness of so many people in western society.

              Filled with high tension and high intelligence, Anti-Clock is mysterious, disturbing, fascinating and exciting’. (Jack Kroll, Newsweek) Read More »