Tag Archives: 1970s

Chi-zome no daimon / Bloodstained Clan Honor (1970) Kinji Fukasaku, Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya, Kôji Tsuruta, Action, Crime

Chi-zome no daimon (1970)
It takes place in the sunset days of the yakuza in the 1970s. The postwar turmoil that created the black market and lubricated illegal business opportunities was giving way to Japan Inc. A young Bunta Sugawara takes over as the oyabun of a crime syndicate in Yokohama, where he is struggling to keep operations at the port there alive. As his syndicate is eroding quickly, a major heavy industries company offers his gang the chance to chase some vagrants out of a shantytown where they are squatting on land where a factory is to be built. The job would secure steady profits for Bunta’s crime ring for years to come. However, Bunta and other members of his outfit grew up in the shanty, and they would be muscling their friends and neighbors. This sets the stage for an internal struggle that complicates the violent struggle with a rival mafia organization in Tokyo.
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Le Mans (1971) Lee H. Katzin, Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen, Action, Adventure, Drama

Le Mans (1971)
Almost in breadth and depth of a documentary, this movie depicts an auto race during the 70s on the world’s hardest endurance course: Le Mans in France. The race goes over 24 hours on 14.5 kilometers of cordoned country road. Every few hours the two drivers per car alternate – but it’s still a challenge for concentration and material. In the focus is the duel between the German Stahler in Ferrari 512LM and the American Delaney in Gulf Team Porsche 917. Delaney is under extraordinary pressure, because the year before he caused a severe accident, in which his friend Lisa’s husband was killed.
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Le Far West / Far West (1973) Jacques Brel, Gabriel Jabbour, Danièle Evenou, Comedy, Western

Le Far-West (1973)
Jacques and his friend Gabriel to their forties still have a childhood dream: the Wild West. They want to reach their own Wild West. On their way, the two make a group. Cranky friends arrive in a coal mine, have fun playing cowboys and Indians, free to live their own way fantasy … until they realize that gold is real. The childhood dream becomes a nightmare adult.
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Malá morská víla / The Little Mermaid (1976) Karel Kachyna, Miroslava Safránková, Radovan Lukavský, Petr Svojtka, Family, Drama, Romance

Mala morska vila (1976)
The little mermaid rescues a prince from drowning and falls in love with him. To be with him, she makes a deal with the evil sorceress: her beautiful voice against a life on land. It seems to work at first, the prince is enchanted with her lovely appearance. But the memory of a foreign princess still haunts him: The one who found him on the beach where the mermaid had left him, and whom he (of course) believes to be his saviour. To resolve this mistake is too much for the mute little mermaid, and not even her father, king of all seas, can help her in the impending catastrophe.
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De loteling / The Conscript (1974) Roland Verhavert, Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen, Drama

De loteling (1974)
In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then contemporary drama by the ‘father of Flemish literature’, Hendrik Conscience, Jan Braems, a poor and naive farmers-boy, accepts the not uncommon offer by a rich family to sell his lucky ticket (out) to their son for a hefty sum compared to the miserable labor wages at the time. Army life is even harsher then a farmhand’s, especially for a Dutch-speaking an-alphabet who simply can’t understand his francophone superiors, and Jan’s nature is not complacent enough for military discipline even by todays standards, so he soon gets into all kinds of trouble, including gambling his capital away and a venereal disease. When his girlfriend back home goes looking for him, her life is doomed as well.
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Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave / Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) Sergio Martino, Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Thriller

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972)
Oliviero is a burned-out writer, living at his estate near Venice, his dead mother dominating his imagination. He is also a degenerate: sleeps with his maid and his ex-student, hosts Bacchanalia for local hippies, and humiliates his wife Irina in front of strangers. She lives in terror. When a young woman is murdered, police suspect Oliviero. Things get complicated when his young, beautiful, and self-confident niece, Floriana, pays an unexpected visit. A silver-haired stranger observes. More women die, and thoughts of harming Irina give Oliviero new inspiration. What’s Floriana’s game and who’s the observant stranger? Watching all is a black cat named Satan.
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