Tag Archives: 1970s

Jack Clayton – The Great Gatsby (1974)

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A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love. Read More »

John Boorman – Deliverance (1972)

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it’s dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they’ll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. Read More »

Vadim Abdrashitov – Povorot (1979)

Victor and Natasha drive back to Moscow after a good honeymoon trip by the Black Sea. Already nearing home, Victor hits an elderly lady while driving too fast. All of a sudden, their plans for a good life together are in doubt. Victor is going to face trial, may go to prison.

To start with, the situation seems to him just ridiculous and sad. They are so young and bright. Their whole life is ahead of them. The lady that was hit by Victor was old, probably half blind and careless in the street. Surely the old lady is more to blame for her own death than Victor, isn’t she? Why did this have to happen precisely to him? Should he accept the blame for the accident and thus risk long-term prison, and the end of his career and marital prospects? Does he have to pay for it or not? Should he not escape, somehow? What is the point of self-sacrifice in such a situation? The film also shows a clash between the young and the old, the bright and the ordinary, the haves and the have nots. Read More »

Krsto Papic – Izbavitelj AKA The Rat Savior (1976)

A poor writer discovers that a species of rats has banded together to impersonate humans and supplant them unnoticed, in a manner reminiscent of the transformations in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, or the covert conspiracy of pod-people in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. This film’s story is based on a book by the Soviet writer Alexander Grin. Read More »

Edmond Keosayan – Korona Rossiyskoy Imperii, ili Snova Neulovimye AKA The Crown of the Russian Empire, or Once Again the Elusive Avengers (1971)

Third part of the Elusive Avengers trilogy. Danya, Yasha, Ksanya and Valeri have joined the Cheka and take an active part against White Guards who have stolen an imperial crown of great value from a museum. Read More »

José Mojica Marins – Exorcismo Negro AKA Black Exorcism of Coffin Joe (1974)

The director José Mojica Marins travels to spend Christmas with friends in the small farm where they live and write the story of his next film. However, he observes eerie things in the house, with his friends being possessed one by one by some supernatural evil force. Sooner he learns that the matriarch of the family had made a deal with a local witch Malvina to get pregnant and save her marriage. In return, Malvina should indicate who would marry the girl. However, her daughter Wilma is engaged of her beloved fiancé and Malvina wants her to get married with Eugenio, who is the son of Satan. Further, José Mojica Marins discovers that his fictional creation Zé do Caixão (a.k.a. Coffin Joe) is ready to collect the souls of Wilma’s family and only and exorcism may save the doomed family. Read More »

Eloy de la Iglesia – Nadie oyó gritar AKA No One Heard the Scream (1973) (HD)

A high-class call girl witnesses her neighbor disposing of his wife’s body. The man kidnaps her and forces her to help him. An unexpected relationship develops. Read More »