Tag Archives: 1970s

Stelvio Massi – Il commissario di ferro AKA The Iron Commissioner (1978)

Maurizio Merli stars as Inspector Mariani who has been transferred to the toughest department in Italy. Of course he has his own way of dealing with the crime element that pushes police regulations to the breaking point. Also stars Janet Agren, Ettore Manni, Chris Avram & Mariangela Giordano. Read More »

Cristina Perincioli – Für Frauen. 1. Kapitel AKA For Women Chapter 1 (1972)

Equal pay for equal work! Four female employees at a West Berlin supermarket, who feel heavy pressure both at work and at home, go on strike to demand the same salary that their male colleague gets. The band Ton Steine Scherben sings along that “Everything changes if you change it / But you can’t win as long as you’re alone!” With a lay cast, the film fulfills the demand for solidarity that it preaches – “this film was made by saleswomen and housewives. They came up with the story and acted themselves. The film students helped them”. Read More »

Patrick Montgomery – The Man You Loved to Hate (1979)

Erich von Stroheim was an director of silent movies, as well as an actor in both silents and talkies. Uncompromising and rigid, he battled the studio system for control over his pictures’ content, and his career had many ups and downs as a result. Through interviews, photos, and archival footage, The Man You Loved to Hate explores von Stroheim’s career. The title refers to von Stroheim’s frequent casting as a German villain in films of the early 1940s. Von Stroheim’s last famous acting role was in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. Read More »

Dominique Delouche – L’homme de désir (1970)

Étienne, a married writer, gives a lift to a young hitchhiker called Rudy who is mixed up with a gang of thugs. Étienne takes a liking to Rudy and brings him home, where a strong homoerotic attraction soon develops between them. Étienne also tries to extricate Rudy from his dangerous life in the streets, and seems ready to go to any lengths to achieve this goal. Read More »

Jesús Franco – La maldición de Frankenstein AKA The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973)

After the death of Victor Frankenstein (Dennis Price), two figures vie for control of his metallic-skinned monster (Fernando Bilbao) and the radical technology that created him: the scientist’s daughter, Vera (Beatriz Savon), and the immortal wizard Cagliostro (Howard Vernon), who is assisted by a blind bird-woman with an unquenchable thirst for blood (Anne Libert). With THE EROTIC RITES OF FRANKENSTEIN, controversial filmmaker Jess Franco merged his fondness for old-school horror with his unique and perverse tastes in sex and violence, partly inspired by the garish adult European comics of the early 1970s. Read More »

Jean-Luc Godard – Faut pas rêver AKA Dream On (1977)

As a model, one can see working the essential virtues of the Godardian question in a relatively unknown work from 1978 [recte 1976]—a two-minute video clip for a popular song by Patrick Juvet, Faut Pas Rêver.

As is the case with all the brief forms invented by Godard, this little opus is not in the least a minor work. It is made up of two shots: first, a medium fixed shot of a little girl who is eating an apple for her afternoon snack after coming home from school; she is responding to her mother, whom we don’t see (the voice of Anne-Marie Miéville is recognisable) and who asks her about her day, while the little girl watches, distractedly, a television set that is supposedly broadcasting the song of Patrick Juvet (whom we don’t see either) In this everyday dialogue, we find the emergence of a fundamental critical question that, in the mid-1970s, must have been perceived as quite violent (at that time we were right in the middle of the Giscardian regime, and it would take seven more years for the left to come to power). Read More »

Binka Zhelyazkova – Baseynat AKA The Swimming Pool (1977)

The story begins with a serious disillusionment experienced by a young girl at her school-leaving farewell ball.
Apostol, an architect on this side of forty, meets by chance Bella at a swimming pool on the night of her graduation party.

Winner: Silver Prize – Moscow International Film Festival’1977 Read More »