Tag Archives: 1970s

Albert Boadella & Mercè Vilaret – La odisea (1976)

A little-known Spanish take on Homer’s Odyssey. Read More »

René Laloux – La planète sauvage AKA Fantastic Planet (1973)

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On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders. Read More »

Ariane Mnouchkine – Molière (1978)

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin is raised by his father and his grandfather because his mother dies when he’s still very little. He works as a handyman, studies the law at a university and travels the country as an actor before he becomes the celebrated playwright Molière who impresses firstly the Duke of Orleans and then even King Louis XIV. Read More »

Peter Foldes – Je, tu, elles… (1972)

Je, tu, elles… (ou Elles plus elles) (1969) is a french movie from Peter Földes, released on TV but never in theaters. Read More »

Robert Benton – The Late Show (1977)

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Even though he barely makes enough money to cover his expenses and finds divorce cases (his bread and butter) unsavory, aging detective Ira Wells (Art Carney) is determined to stay active and to retain some amount of self-respect. When his partner Harry Regan (Howard Duff) is killed while on assignment, Ira agrees to take on his current case, although he can’t see how it has anything to do with his friend’s murder, which he is anxious to solve. In order to survive, by solving the case of his client’s missing cat, and solving the murder of his friend, Ira winds up accepting a lot of help from his client Margo (Lily Tomlin). By the end of the film, it looks like an offbeat romance, or perhaps a new business partnership, is blooming. Read More »

Nagisa Ôshima – Gishiki AKA The Ceremony (1971)

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The film takes place in postwar Japan, following a Japanese clan through their wedding and funeral ceremonies, and the lengths the family goes to preserve their traditions in spite of the damage it causes to the younger generations. Read More »

Karel Kachyna – Ucho AKA The Ear (1970)

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Karel Kachyna’s 1970 The Ear is a harrowing tale that interweaves marital discord and surveillance paranoia. With its portrait of a government functionary who spends a sleepless night wondering if he’ll be arrested before daybreak, it’s no wonder that The Ear had to wait until 1989 for its Czech premiere; the wonder is that it was made at all. The latter, at least, can be explained by the fact that Kachyna’s long-time collaborator, scenarist Jan Procházka, was a government official of some standing – which accounts, no doubt, for The Ear’s insider perspective, playing as it does with the couple’s knowledge of which rooms in their comfortable house are likely bugged and which aren’t. Read More »