Tag Archives: 1970s

Marcel Hanoun – Le printemps (1971)

One could only enumerate the elements to let the film tell itself. And this is besides one possible purpose of Hanoun here. Just let things communicate between themselves without the coercition of usual continuums (space and time) and let’s see and feel what happens. Yet there are clues given, relations but they are separated when one could await a close editing and vice versa. There seems to have two worlds, cinematographic worlds I mean : B&W and colour and things circulate from one world to another, people too…

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Herbert Ross – The Last of Sheila (1973)

A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her wealthy husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly. Read More »

Marco Ferreri – Liza AKA La Cagna AKA The Bitch (1972)

Giorgio (Marcello Mastroianni) lives on a island somewhere off the Mediterranean coast of France. He lives there with his dog, and the remains of an old German World War II airbase. He earns his living drawing cartoons. Liza (Deneuve) swims to the island from a rich man’s yacht, and the yacht’s crew confirm the end of her relationship with the owner by bringing her luggage to the island. She and Giorgio meet and become involved. She is jealous of his relationship with the dog and kills her rival while assuming its duties: wearing a collar, fetching sticks, etc. Read More »

Michel Deville – Raphaël ou le débauché AKA Raphael, or The Libertine (1971)

France, 1830. Morbidly obsessed with the brevity of his existence, Raphaël throws himself into a life of excessive debauchery. It is a path that can only lead towards ignominious self-destruction… But then, one day, Raphaël meets Aurore, a young window, whose life and philosophy are the complete opposite of his. She lives a simple existence in the country, doing good works, virtuous in every word and deed. But their meeting awakens something in both of them. Aurore becomes aware of a longing she has never known, whilst Raphaël is assailed by emotions with which he is entirely unfamiliar… Read More »

Paul Naschy – El caminante AKA The Traveller (1979)

On the surface, EL CAMINANTE (THE TRAVELER) can be considered a pitch black comedy much in the tradition of TOM JONES, ribald and humorously wicked, a morality play set against a backdrop of excessive fornication and gluttony. Yet, at the same time, it is an evil rondo of debauchery, cold-blooded murder, robbery and unfettered greed. But, above all, it is an artist’s verbal and visual portrait of the moral and ethical decay undermining the foundation of mankind. On whatever level you chose to accept this movie, you will find situations that may make you laugh, cry or even shout in outrage–and, if you look within yourself deeply enough, you may even glimpse some disturbingly recognizable traits. Read More »

Hitoshi Obuchi – Hitogoroshi Aka Murderer (1976)

A cowardly samurai is sent as an official executioner targeting the clan’s former sword instructor, a man whose sword and spear skills are second to none. Read More »

Michel Lemoine – Les confidences érotiques d’un lit trop accueillant (1973)

Employed in a cabaret as a go-go girl, Dominique returns home after her shift when she is approached by a former lover, Jean-Louis. She invites him into her apartment where the man’s gaze is soon drawn to the circular bed in the bedroom. Dominique then points out to him that this bed is the subject of an incredible story: it has magical powers, stimulating the libido of the people who are there, making them relive the sexual prowess of its previous owners! Read More »