Tag Archives: 1970s

The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) Basil Dearden, Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Alastair Mackenzie, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
While driving one evening, Harold Pelham appears possessed and has a car accident. While on the operating table, there even appears to be two heartbeats on the monitor. When he awakes, Pelham finds his life has been turned upside-down: he learns that he now supports a merger that he once opposed, and that he apparently is having an affair. People claim they have seen him in places that he has never been. Does Pelham have a doppelganger – or is he going insane?

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Salomè (1972) Carmelo Bene, Lydia Mancinelli, Alfiero Vincenti, Drama

Salome (1972)
Salomè (Donyale Luna), the whorish daughter of Herod (Carmelo Bene), is lusted after by her depraved stepfather, King Tetrac. When her attempted seduction of the visiting John The Baptist fails, she agrees to satisfy her stepfather’s perverted whims through the infamous dance of the seven veils, and in reaction to that, demands that Tetrac do her bidding and murder John The Baptist and present her his severed head.

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Monsieur Klein / Mr. Klein (1976) Joseph Losey, Alain Delon, Jeanne Moreau, Francine Bergé, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Monsieur Klein (1976)
Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France. He has a well-furnished flat, a mistress, and business is booming. Jews facing discrimination because of laws edicted by the French government are desperate to sell valuable works of art – and it is easy for him to get them at bargain prices. His cosy life is disrupted when he realizes that there is another Robert Klein in Paris – a Jew with a rather mysterious behaviour. Very soon, this homonymy attracts the close – and menacing – attention of the police on the established art trader.

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Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974) Roy Boulting, Peter Sellers, Lila Kedrova, Curd Jürgens, Comedy

Soft Beds, Hard Battles (1974)
In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts, so he stars in nearly every scene, always bumbling in inspector Clouseau-style. As British Major Robinson he is hidden in Madame Grenier’s Parisian brothel, right under the nose of the Nazi clients, such as Gestapo agent Herr Schroeder (again him). As Général Latour he leads the French resistance, which includes the brothel madam -made a colonel in charge of her sexy ‘troops’- and a priest, and is joined by young US diplomat Alan Cassidy. As Japanese imperial Prince Kyoto he becomes a target for the resistance in a monastery on his way to Hitler (again him). At the end he decorates the heroes as French president.

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Delitto d’amore / Somewhere Beyond Love (1974) Luigi Comencini, Giuliano Gemma, Stefania Sandrelli, Brizio Montinaro, Drama

Delitto d'amore (1974)
In this Italian film, part melodrama and part social/political commentary, two factory workers living in Northern Italy form a romantic connection. The woman, torn between the freedoms of the North and her traditional Sicilian values, slowly allows herself to love, then marry, her co-worker. Soon after her wedding, she dies as a result of industrial pollution from her job.

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) Sam Peckinpah, Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Action, Crime, Drama

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
A family scandal causes a wealthy and powerful Mexican rancher to make the pronouncement–‘Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!’ Two of the bounty-hunters thus dispatched encounter a local piano-player in their hunt for information. The piano-player does a little investigating on his own and finds out that his girlfriend knows of Garcia’s death and last resting place. Thinking that he can make some easy money and gain financial security for he and his (now) fiancée, they set off on this goal. Of course, this quest only brings him untold misery, in the form of trademark Peckinpah violence.

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