1971-1980

Abbas Kiarostami – Tadjrebeh AKA The Experience (1973) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

Quote:
Mamad, an orphaned teenager, works as a messenger boy in a photographic studio, where he also sleeps at night. He falls platonically in love with a girl from a wealthier class; one day, thinking he sees her smiling at him, he decides to go to her house and ask for a job as a servant, so that he can be closer to her. But he receives only a decisive refusal. Read More »

Moshé Mizrahi – Abu el Banat AKA Daughters, Daughters (1973)

A man with eight daughters, and no hope of an heir, takes a mistress to console himself. He finally consults a magician who gives him a list of instructions on how to make a son. Soon his wife is pregnant again. Read More »

Goutam Ghose – Maa Bhoomi AKA Our Land (1979)

Set during one of India’s main peasant risings, the Telangana insurrection between 1945 and 1951 in the pre-Independence state of Hyderabad, the Bengali director’s first feature tells the story of Chander’s best-known novel (Jab Khet Jaage (1948) from the peasant’s point of view. A young peasant, Ramiah, rebels against the corrupt rule of the nizam, and when his girlfriend has to submit to the potentate’s sexual coercion, Ramiah leaves. He befriends a Marxist activist (the rising was CPI-inspired) and participates in the Independence struggle. Read More »

Martin Campbell – Eskimo Nell (1975)

Three young men, a scriptwriter, a producer and a director are called in by Benny U Murdoch, an exotic movie producer. He wants to make a new erotic movie starring a big woman – the “Eskimo Nell” of the title. However problems start from the beginning, the scriptwriter is a virgin, a lover of penguins and hasn’t a clue on how to write an erotic movie, each of the three main backers want a different type of movie – a western, an erotic and a kung-fu movie with different people in the main part. However problems really start for the three when Benny runs off with all the money and they have to make three different versions of the same film and try not to let the backers and stars know what has happened. And this is made harder when there is a clean-up-filth society breathing down their necks… Read More »

Abbas Kiarostami – Lebassi Baraye Arossi AKA The Wedding Suit AKA A Wedding Suit (1976) (HD)

Abbas Kiarostami wrote:
“In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.”

Quote:
A woman orders a suit from a tailor for her young son to wear to her sister’s wedding. The tailor’s apprentice, together with two other teenage boys who work in the same building, devise a plan to try on the suit at night to see what it feels like. Read More »

Norman Cohen – Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976)

The sexual misadventures of Timothy Lea and his brother-in-law Sidney Noggett when they set up a driving school business. Read More »

John Ford – Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend (1976)

A documentary about Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC. Interviews, combat footage, parade at Virginia Military Institute. Made for TV, but never sold or released. Read More »