Tag Archives: 1970s

Pierre Granier-Deferre – Le toubib AKA The Medic (1979)

An unknown future. WWIII extends. Jean-Marie Despres, a prestigious surgeon, broken by life and his divorce supervises a field hospital, a few kilometers from the front. He meets the young and beautiful nurse Harmony. She is an idealist, she gives him hope. Read More »

    Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli – Le orme AKA Footprints (1975)

    This long-lost film by Luigi Bazzoni is something of an oddity for Shameless whose 19 previous releases have comprised gialli and other thrillers or films with copious sex and/or nudity. Footprints is a very moody, atmospheric and tense mystery thriller about a woman, Alice, who wakes up late one Tuesday, finishes a translation and gets to the office in time for the twelve o’clock deadline. There she is asked if she knew when it had to be in and, replying ‘midday’, is asked which day? She is surprised to learn that it is, in fact Thursday, and she has lost two days. Hooked on sedatives and haunted by dreams of a film that may or may not be real, her fragile mental state is completely rocked by this news. Read More »

      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 »

          William Richert – Winter Kills (1979)

          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)

            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 »

              Pola Chapelle – Journey to Lithuania (1971)

              Of the three films, Pola’s is the best. – Jonas Mekas

              Knowing Pola Chapelle as a singer, she could not make anything that is not beautiful. – Anais Nin Read More »