Tag Archives: 1970s

The Odessa File (1974) Ronald Neame, Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Drama, Thriller

The Odessa File (1974)
After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA, and his own family.

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Frauen In New York / Women in New York (1977) Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Eva Mattes, Angela Schmid, Margit Carstensen, Comedy

Frauen In New York (1977)
The main characters in this film are wives of rich men who have nothing to do because they have staff – like the cook, the maid, the hairdresser, the manicurist, the governess, the teacher, the tailor etc. – who work for them. Naturally, the wives themselves do not pursue careers, they depend on their husbands’ money. This is why most of their thoughts revolve around the husband. And because the husband only appears as “the” man, there is no man in this film. All women fight for the same man. Those who have one, want to keep him no matter what. And those who do not have one yet only have one goal: To take away somebody else’s husband.

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Bush Mama (1979) Haile Gerima, Barbarao, Johnny Weathers, Susan Williams, Drama

Bush Mama (1979)
Bush Mama is the story of Dorothy and her husband T.C. He is a discharged Vietnam veteran who thought he would return home to a hero’s welcome. Instead he is falsely arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Her life revolves around the welfare office and a community facing poverty and unemployment. As a result of the film’s events, both the main characters become radicalized and Dorothy eventually turns to violence.

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Tess (1979) Roman Polanski, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, Drama, Romance

Tess (1979)
Wessex County, England during the Victorian era. Christian values dominate what are social mores. These mores and her interactions with two men play a large part in what happens in the young life of peasant girl, the shy, innocent, proper yet proud Tess Durbeyfield. The first of these men is Alec d’Urberville. After learning from a local historian that they are really descendants of the aristocratic d’Urberville family which has died out due to lack of male heirs, Tess’ parents send her to a nearby mansion where they know some d’Urbervilles actually reside. This move is in order for the family to gain some benefit from their heritage. Upon her arrival at the mansion, Tess quickly learns that the family of Tess’ “cousin” Alec are not true d’Urbervilles, but rather an opportunistic lot who bought the family name in order to improve their own standing in life.

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