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1970s Challenge; Official, April 2018
Topic Started: Mar 28 2018, 05:02:03 PM (3,421 Views)
72allinncallme
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The 1970s Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies from the 1970s as possible (from April 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018).

Rules:
- All movies from 1970-1979 are eligble.
- A feature film (anything 40 minutes or over) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes, the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.


Stuck for ideas of what to watch? Look no further:

Official iCM list:
1970s (IMDb)

Unofficial iCM lists
iCM Forum's Favourite Movies of the 1970s Top 250
Taschen's movies of the 70's
The 25 Greatest Movies of the 70s (Shortlist Magazine)
The Most Popular Movies From the 70s
Furious Cinema's 50 Furious Films of The 1970s


And here is a bonus list for the people who like to triple dip:
Triple Fun!



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Ivan0716
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Good chance to rewatch those late Bunuels, might enjoy Obscure Object and Discreet Charm more than I did years ago.
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I'm in, though it may be a busy month for me.
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jeroeno
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I'll watch some.
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sebby
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Ah my favorite film decade. In of course.
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In!

Thanks for hosting. :cheers:
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In! Thanks for hosting, 72allinncallme.
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sol
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Amazing screenshot in the OP. Did a quick Google Image search and came up with "An experimental film about the experience of transformation between life and death, death and birth, or rebirth in four reels." Colour me intrigued.

But I digress. Kicking off my own personal 70's quest with a bang - one of the more delightful entries in our 500<400 Canon:

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1. Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)

Fun time travel comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously. The film is a little slow on the laughs to begin with, but from the moment the characters encounter Hitler in the past, it rarely lets up. The final third of the movie also cleverly plays around with time travel paradoxes. Special effects are fairly nifty for the time too, especially that device that turns people 'green'.
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:cheers: groovy!


1. China 9, Liberty 37 (1978)
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01a. Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Naked Ant (1970) 30 min
01b. Monty Python's Flying Circus: Intermission (1970) 30 min
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Apr 1 2018, 03:32:09 PM
Amazing screenshot in the OP. Did a quick Google Image search and came up with "An experimental film about the experience of transformation between life and death, death and birth, or rebirth in four reels." Colour me intrigued.
You probably have the title as well, but if anyone wondered:
Quick Billy (1971)

Normaly, not exactly my cup of tea, but this was indeed amazing. Easily available on YT, It’s on the DtC-list (not a nominee though), on 1000<400 and it’s relatively short. :thumbsup:
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1. Mazhki vremena (Manly Times, Eduard Sachariev, 1977) 8/10
2. XIX saukunis qartuli qronika (The 19th Century Georgian Chronicle, Aleksandre Rekhviashvili, 1979) 10/10 (l)

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These gifs, from Rekhviashvili's extraordinary film, were borrowed from the tumblr page of mozart-1053; there's more there.
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1. Play for Today: Nuts in May (1976)
2. They Might Be Giants (1971)
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1. Adéla jeste nevecerela (1978)
2. The Last of Sheila (1973)
3. Amerikai anzix (1975)
4. Arrebato (1979)
5. Alice ou la dernière fugue (1977)
Edited by Ivan0716, Apr 2 2018, 01:29:14 AM.
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1. Deliverance (John Boorman, 1972)- out of this, Zardoz, Excalibur and Point Blank, Point Blank is still the only Boorman movie I’ve liked so far
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2. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

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Time to accept that I am just not a Sam Peckinpah fan. Seen ten films now, only three of which I really liked (and this was not one of them). Oh, the second half of the film is reasonably intense and Warren Oates is terrific throughout, but the leisurely pacing of the first hour almost sank the film for me. His quest is so lacking in urgency that he has time to laze about with his girlfriend. I suppose I should admire the way the film transitions from romantic drama to action thriller, but the romance really did nothing for me.
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3. Play for Today: Abigail's Party (1977)

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Not really might sort of thing; a film tv episode full of obnoxious, bickering people. The title character is the daughter of a single mother, invited over for drinks while her daughter has a party (off-screen). Conflict comes from the couple who invited her over being very poor hosts (and the other guests not much better), asking/saying inappropriate things and making her feel uncomfortable - which she mostly just sits and takes. The episode is credited as a comedy and I guess there's some humour to be found here, but eh.
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1. Manhattan (1979)

This has been one of the most baffling films to evaluate. The cinematography in this was stunning, from the shot selection to lighting to scenery - but the film was largely based around the relationship between a 42 year old man and a 17 year old girl. The film brought the city alive, almost making it like a character - but none of the other characters were likeable (especially Woody Allen's character). You felt every single bit of romantic tension and rise and fall of a relationship - but you're watching WOODY ALLEN try to date a 17 year old.
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Manhattan is a real gem of a film. Totally stunning. Contrasts nicely with the previous year's Taxi Driver. Two vastly different portraits of the same city.
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1. Diabolo menthe - Peppermint Soda (1977, Diane Kurys)
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4. Play for Today: Penda's Fen (1974)

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Second of three entries from the Play for Today series that I have pegged to watch for this Challenge. Off-hand, I can say that I easily preferred this to Abigail's Party with its wacky dream sequences (like the one above where the protagonist's arm becomes stricken with a weird black infection) and moments of pure fantasy where he sees angels and demons that are not really there. The episode also nicely goes to multiple locations beyond its play roots, and yet between the rambling dialogue and unfocused, often random weird imagery, this never really resonated much with me as a tale of a young man questioning his identity and faith.
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2. Escalofrio (1978) aka Don't Panic (this is my highest rated FTV so far this year at 9/10) :thumbsup:

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5. Play for Today: Nuts in May (1976)

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Third 'Play for Today' episode on 1+ Official Lists and easily the best. Not only does the film episode make good use of multiple locations, it spins a very dynamic story about a couple of uptight campsite dwellers, the changing dynamics they feel towards a young student camping on his own, and how the introduction of yet another couple spins everything out of balance (see screenshot above). A worthwhile inclusion in this site's 500<400.
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1. Fedora (1978)
2. Blutjunge Verführerinnen (1971)
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Ok, I'm modestly in as well:

1. Cet obscur objet du désir (1977) - 6/10
Edited by Simba63, Apr 2 2018, 02:11:24 PM.
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6. Hearts and Minds (1974)

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Striking anti-war documentary about the Vietnam War, released while the war still raged. Lots of intimate interviews with war veterans, officials offering racist spiel and interesting narrative movie archive footage highlighting the way the East has been traditionally viewed by the West. Most resonating line: a former soldier stating "we weren't on the wrong side; we were the wrong side".
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01. Monsieur Klein (1976) - 6/10

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3. Le clair de terre (Earth Light, Guy Gilles, 1970) 10/10
4. Le printemps (Spring, Marcel Hanoun, 1972) 9/10

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6. C'eravamo tanto amati (1974)
7. Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)
8. Ucho (1970)

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3. Deep End (1970)
4. Yek Etefagh sadeh (1974)
5. Warum läuft Herr R. Amok (1970)

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I'm in, March turned out to be a bit busy for me but I should be back to normal in April.
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1. Em bé Hà Nôi / The little girl of Hanoi (N Vietnam 75)
Powerful film set amid the US bombings of Hanoi. Ending no more "patriotic" than American WW II films. (IMDb doesn't have much info about the cast, but there appears to be one "Caucasian" woman on the hospital medical team.)
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2. Le diable probablement - The Devil, Probably (1977, Robert Bresson)

3. Passe ton bac d'abord... - Graduate First (1978, Maurice Pialat)

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7. Vanishing Point (1971)

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Unfortunately this film did very little for me. :( With barely any dialogue and even less character development, the first half of the film is pretty much one mindless chase after another, occasionally coloured by the odd snake or eccentric local. The second half provides some background information about the protagonist. Some. Yes, there is a naked girl on a motorcycle, but she doesn't enter the picture until the final 20 minutes and then quickly departs. I suppose I admire the ambition of the film, keeping us at a deliberate distance from the main character and his motivations, but eh.
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3. Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973)- ~23 min ea.
ST:TAS- The Lorelei Signal/ More Tribbles, More Troubles/ The Survivor
4. And God Said To Cain (1970)

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8. Thundercrack! (1975)

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This is listed as a pornographic film on Wikipedia and an Adult film on IMDb, but despite some sexually explicit NSFW content, the vast majority of the movie spins a tight narrative about an old women driven insane by loneliness and her unexpected houseguests - one of whom has a skeleton in his closet... with a lot of black fur. The dialogue is pretty good, full of funny double entendres and cracks about the peeled cucumbers (see above) that the hostess keeps under the sink in her house. And, of course, the film is stylised like a haunted house movie from the 1930s or 40s, complete with similar credits and over-the-top Bette/Joan eyebrows on the lead actress.
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2. Le boucher (1970) - 7/10
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9. Days of Heaven (1978)
10. Le boucher (1970)
11. W.R. - Misterije organizma (1971)
12. Tcherike-ye Tara (1979)
13. Love and Death (1975)
14. La nuit américaine (1973)
15. 'Ctyri vrazdy stací, drahousku' (1970)


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9. Equinox (1970)

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Still not sure what to make of this film. It opens pretty well with an eerie score, even eerier ticking clocking and a raving man run down by a passing car (see above). As it turns out though, this is merely the wrap-around for a fairly familiar tale of friends who go out to the woods and through an unfortunate series of events, become possessed by evil spirits. The extremely closeup shots with demented facial expressions (to indicate that the character is possessed) is a distracting and inappropriately goofy touch. The stop motion effects are also quite nifty but at the same time too fake and silly for any of the film's demons to even seem scary or menacing. On one hand, this is pretty good for film that only cost $7,000 to make. On the hand, it's pretty disappointing for a film inducted into the Criterion Collection.
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I'm in for a few.
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