Tag Archives: 1970s

Hokuriku dairi sensô / Hokuriku Proxy War (1977) Kinji Fukasaku, Hiroki Matsukata, Yumiko Nogawa, Mikio Narita, Action, Crime, Drama

Hokuriku Proxy War (1977)
In the setting of the Hokuriku region, where the snow and cold winds rage, for the first time in true-life yakuza film history, director Kinji Fukasaku shows battles among yakuza who value land over tradition. Hiroki Matsukata stars as Noboru Kawada, a Hokuriku yakuza who will use any measure for survival, disregarding parents, brothers, and tradition.

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The Island at the Top of the World (1974) Robert Stevenson, David Hartman, Donald Sinden, Jacques Marin, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.

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The Slipper and the Rose (1976) Bryan Forbes, Richard Chamberlain, Gemma Craven, Annette Crosbie, Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)
In the tiny kingdom of Euphrania, the King and his court are most anxious to get Prince Edward wed. But Edward wants to marry for love. Meanwhile, young Cinderella finds life drastically altered with her father’s death as she’s forced to be a servant in her own house. But a cheery fairy godmother helps her with her impossible tasks, and even gets her to take an evening out at the King’s bride-finding ball. But when the magic wears off, and the prince with shoe-in-hand searches for Cinderella and finds her, what is going to happen to Euphrania without the needed marriage alliance to prevent war?

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La décade prodigieuse / Ten Days Wonder (1971) Claude Chabrol, Anthony Perkins, Michel Piccoli, Marlène Jobert, Mystery, Drama

La decade prodigieuse (1971)
Anthony Perkins, a young sculptor with a weird penchant for waking up in strange hotels with his memory wiped clean and bloodied hands, invites a former professor (Michel Piccoli) to the Gatsby-like provincial manor presided over by his powerful tycoon father (Orson Welles). Welcomed by Welles’ young wife (Marlene Jobert), Piccoli soon finds a nest of rats beneath the bourgeoisie voluptuousness — a clan bound in a circle of illicit romance, blackmail, faked burglaries and, of course, murder.

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La luna / Luna (1979) Bernardo Bertolucci, Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, Veronica Lazar, Drama

La luna (1979)
Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe–maybe even herself–with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him.

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Macskajáték / Cat’s Play (1974) Károly Makk, Margit Dajka, Ildikó Piros, Elma Bulla, Drama, Music

Macskajatek (1974)
Karoly Makk’s heartbreaking story of two unmarried sisters who cast wistful glances back at their lives, but still believe in hope and love, earned an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974. In this follow-up to the director’s internationally acclaimed Love, Makk once again exhibits his extraordinary skills at drawing emotionally compelling performances from his talented female leads. Makk’s film opposes the bleakness of the outside world with passion, love, and loyalty.

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