Tag Archives: 1970s

Une aventure de Billy le Kid / A Girl Is a Gun (1971) Luc Moullet

Une aventure de Billy The Kid (1970)
Despite most Cahiers du cinéma critics admired many western authors, when they themselves became filmmakers few dared to overtly revisit that genre. One year after Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El topo and as Sergio Leone premiered A Fistful of Dollars, Moullet charges full steam ahead with a wild western starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, taking this genre and one of its key characters to unexpected territory.
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The Swarm (1978) Irwin Allen

The Swarm (1978)
Killer bees from South America have been breeding with the gentler bees of more northern climes, slowly extending their territory northward decade after decade. Entomologist Brad Crane has discovered that something is making them come together in huge, killer swarms. He wants to keep the General Slater from using military tactics from further upsetting the balance of nature as they join to try to stop the swarms from approaching Houston.
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What’s the Matter with Helen? (1971) Curtis Harrington

What's the Matter with Helen (1971)
Set in the 30s, Helen and Adelle are two women whose sons commit a gruesome murder. After their conviction, they move to Hollywood change their names and open a dance school for girls. Adelle is looking for a good life and when one of the parents of her students who is wealthy takes a liking to her she thinks she’s got it made. Helen thinks that someone who blames them for what their sons did is stalking them. But Adelle thinks it’s all in her mind.
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Agitátorok / The Agitators (1971) Dezsö Magyar

Agitatorok (1971)
After the World War I, enthusiastic young people found the intellectual group of Hungarian Communist Party. Their aim is to propagate the communist ideology to the people and get the workers on their side. They have fierce discussions on the new ideas, though their movement is not very successful. They clash with their opposition, attempt to lead people to the Red Army, but without success.
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Per le antiche scale / Down the Ancient Stairs (1975) Mauro Bolognini

Per le antiche scale (1975)
A mental hospital somewhere in Tuscany during the thirties. Far away from fascism, this closed world is rules over by Dr. Bonaccorsi, a passionate benevolent psychiatrist whose dream is to isolate the germ of madness. He is also a very active ladies’man and makes three women benefit from his sexual itch: Francesca the hospital manager’s wife, Bianca, his devoted nurse and Carla, a nymphomaniac doctor’s wife. His well-ordered universe starts being challenged with the coming of Anna, a trainee psychiatrist, who disapproves of his theory on the origin of madness. Worse, she resists his advances. As Bonaccorsi is more insecure than he looks, what will become of him?
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Hoffman (1970) Alvin Rakoff

Hoffman (1970)
A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he’s a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.
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Izbavitelj / The Rat Savior (1976) Krsto Papic

Izbavitelj (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 Greene.
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Zulu Dawn (1979) Douglas Hickox

Zulu Dawn (1979)
In 1879 South Africa, the administrators of the British Cape Colony have designs to eliminate the Zulus as a hindrance to their colonial economy. To that end, the British present King Cetshwayo with an impossible ultimatum to provoke a war they are sure they can win easily with their rifles and artillery against native spears. However, that war proves more difficult than the arrogant British commander, Lord Chelmsford, expects as his overburdened army fruitlessly searches for the elusive enemy. However, in the shadow of a hill called Isandlwana, the overconfident British army learns to its sorrow just how badly they have underestimated the tactical skill and might of the Zulu nation.
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