1971-1980

Henri Verneuil – Peur sur la ville AKA Fear Over the City AKA Night Caller (1975)

Policeman Jean Letellier is under pressure because the infamous gangster Marcucci escaped him publicly. Moreover during the pursuit an innocent bystander was killed by a stray bullet. Letellier is investigated for having fired the deadly bullet.
Before Letellier is cleared, a serial killer begins to murder young women, each time leaving a weird message at the site of crime. He calls himself “Minos”, referring to the Divine Comedy. The murderer always declares he had punished his victims for what he considers their impure life style. Read More »

Larry Yust – Homebodies (1974)

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“A group of demented senior citizens threatened with eviction via urban renewal take desperate steps… An excellent low budget oddity film in Cincinnati, where there’s desperation to spare.” – The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film Read More »

Édouard Molinaro – Le gang des otages AKA The Hostage Gang (1973)

Nora Sayre, New York Times wrote:
Building apprehension in an audience requires a particular skill; quite often, we need to be nervous about the combination of personalities and their sudden responses to one another, their capacity for violence of craziness, in order to give a hoot about who gets chased or shot.

Edouard Molinaro’s “The Hostages,” playing today and tomorrow at the First Avenue Screening Room, is an unusually intelligent action picture, partly because it stresses how dangerous a self-destructive persons can be.The movie is based on a recent case in France. A drifter with a fearfully short fuse falls in and out of prison; between assaults and armed robberies, he marries a call girl and the hold-ups continue until they’re arrested. Read More »

Masaru Konuma – Hana to hebi AKA Flower and Snake (1974)

Synopsis:
Shizuka (pink film starlet, Naomi Tani) is the aristocratic wife of Senzo Toyama, the president of a large company. Repulsed by her husband, she enlists her lifelong maid to act as a surrogate to appease his sexual desires. When the maid does not satisfy, Senzo often advances on Shizuka. After threatening to divorce him, Senzo orders his employee, Yoshi, to abduct his wife and train her in the ways of sexual submissiveness. Yoshi, who has been rendered impotent due to a childhood trauma, uses the opportunity to rid himself of his affliction. Read More »

Egon Günther – Ursula (1978)

The soldier Hansli Gyr returns 1523 to the “Zürcher Oberland”. The he reencounters the love of his youth Ursula, who is now part of a world renouncing sect, the Anabaptists…

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Das TV-Historiendrama nach Gottfried Kellers Novelle galt 1978 als Skandalfilm Read More »

Klaus Lemke – Amore (1978)

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Maria is in her mid-20s and lives with her father, a widowed small greengrocer, in Haidhausen. Her friend Bärbel is madly in love with the charming Italian Pietro. His father is a vegetable wholesaler at the Munich wholesale market. Except Maria, who can’t stand him at first, all the girls are interested in the heartbreaker. When Pietro leaves Bärbel, Maria decides to take revenge on him. She makes him fall in love with her, which also makes her friend Franz, a Bundeswehr soldier, very jealous. Read More »

Harun Farocki – Zwischen zwei Kriegen AKA Between Two Wars (1978)

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A film about the time of the blast furnances – 1917-1933 – about the development of an industry, about a perfect machinery which had to run itself to the point of its own destruction.

The essay from the Berlin filmmaker, Harun Farocki, on heavy industry and the gas of the blast furnace, convinces through the author’s cool abstraction and manic obsession and through the utilization of a single example of the self-destructive character of capitalistic production: “The image of the blust furnace gas is real and metaphoric; an energy blows away uselessly into the air. Guided through a system of pipes, the pressure increases. Hence, a valve is needed. That valve is the production of war material.” Read More »