Tag Archives: 1970s

Il Decameron / The Decameron (1971) Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Citti, Ninetto Davoli, Jovan Jovanovic, Comedy, Drama, History

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An adaptation of nine stories from Bocaccio’s “Decameron”: A young man from Perugia is swindled twice in Naples, but ends up rich; a man poses as a deaf-mute in a convent of curious nuns; a woman must hide her lover when her husband comes home early; a scoundrel fools a priest on his deathbed; three brothers take revenge on their sister’s lover; a young girl sleeps on the roof to meet her boyfriend at night; a group of painters wait for inspiration; a crafty priest attempts to seduce his friend’s wife; and two friends make a pact to find out what happen= s after death. Pasolini is up to his old tricks satirizing the Church, and throwing in liberal doses of life and love.

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Loving Memory (1971) Tony Scott, Rosamund Greenwood, Roy Evans, David Pugh, Drama

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The film concerns an elderly couple played by Rosamund Greenwood and Roy Evans, who we later discover to be brother and sister, who accidentally run over and kill a young cyclist played by David Pugh on a lonely northern moor – but instead of reporting the incident to the police the woman decides to take the corpse home with them. There she dresses him in the clothes of a second brother, killed in the Second World War, shows him her photo-albums, and tries to engage him in conversation. Her brother, meanwhile, gathers wood to build a coffin. Greenwood has the only speaking part in the movie and largely carries it; she gives a subtle, heart-rending performance as a sister clinging to her past. Memories of the War hang heavily over the house – quite literally in the form of an aircraft propeller suspended from the ceiling that the woman booby-traps in order to prevent her brother burying the corpse.

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Demir Yumruk: Devler geliyor / Iron Fist: The Giants Are Coming (1970) Tunç Basaran, Enver Özer, Feri Cansel, Süleyman Turan, Adventure, Fantasy

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A stash of uranium is hidden away with the only clue being a dagger that has a map to the location engraved on it. The diabolical wheelchaired transvestite super villain Fu Mancu is after it, and not only wants to beat the cops, but also has competition, Cold War Style, from Russian villain Zagof. Fortunately, the Turkish police can count on Super-Bat-Man …

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The Beauties and the Beast / The Beast and the Vixens (1974) Ray Nadeau, Jacqueline Giroux, Uschi Digard, Marius Mazmanian, Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Erotic

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After a brief description of the legends of Bigfoot by the narrator, this film goes on to show what the hairy monster might really be doing with his time in the woods: watching women get naked and have sex. After spying on a couple of college girls sleeping together in a remote forest cabin, Bigfoot then stumbles across a couple having sex in the woods. After he chases off the man to have a little fun of his own with the woman, the film then leaves Bigfoot to follow the exploits of the two college girls as they encounter a troupe of skinny-dipping hippies.

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El habilitado (1971) Jorge Cedron, Héctor Alterio, Carlos Antón, Billy Cedrón, Drama

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Five employees submerged in the basement of a store marplatense grotesquely are linked to each other, each trying to feel better than the other because of miserable advantages. The director did not want to make a realistic or autobiographical film, although most of the film is based on lived by the Kidron own as store clerk Galician experiences. Its aim was, however, achieved a work of raw poetry, based on the contrast between certain deliberately grotesque and other segments of absolute asceticism.

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