Tag Archives: 1970s

The Squeeze (1977) Michael Apted, Stacy Keach, David Hemmings, Edward Fox, Crime, Drama

The Squeeze (1977)
This Michael Apted-directed crime melodrama features Stacy Keach as Jim Naboth, a Scotland Yard cop on the skids, suffering from depression and alcoholism. He is summoned by Foreman (Edward Fox), a British security expert whose wife Jill (Carol White) and daughter are being held hostages by kidnappers until Foreman pays the crooks a million-dollar-plus ransom. Jim has to marshal his forces and regain his clarity to save Foreman’s family. The pressure is even more intense for Jim, since Foreman’s wife, Jill also happens to be his former spouse.
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Magyar rapszódia / Hungarian Rhapsody (1979) Miklós Jancsó, György Cserhalmi, Lajos Balázsovits, Gábor Koncz, Drama, History

Magyar rapszodia (1979)
This liturgical-surrealistic parable evokes the model-like events of the second decade of the century as reflected by the inner spiritual transformation of István Zsadányi, inspired by the figure of Endre Bajcsy-Zsilinszky. The young Zsadányi brothers of licentious habits kill the peasant leader András Baksa because he had humiliated their father. The fiercely nationalist István fights through World War I and in the following era of White Terror becomes a racist detachment officer and a Member of Parliament. After a lost battle, ridden by visions, he has his most devoted followers butchered. A mystical and fanatic love of freedom and the land turns him gradually to the common people. He leaves for the Baksa farm to face the son of the murdered old Baksa and the fate that awaits him.
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Fårö-dokument 1979 / Faro Document 1979 (1979) Ingmar Bergman, Annelie Nyström, Documentary

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In 1969, Bergman made a surprisingly direct and political document about Fårö’s importance. Ten years later, he decided to take a second look at situation. The update is surprisingly optimistic, with several remarkable “then and now” juxtapositions. The unhappy teenagers about to decamp for Stockholm in the first film turn out to have settled into the quiet, isolated Fårö life. Interweaving scenes of extraordinary beauty with interviews and rigorous sequences depicting everyday chores, customs and rituals on Fårö, Bergman develops a complex, understated and loving portrait of his tiny island.
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Wsród nocnej ciszy / Quiet Is the Night (1978) Tadeusz Chmielewski, Antonina Barczewska, Henryk Bista, Jerzy Bonczak, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wsrod nocnej ciszy (1978)
A psychological detective story about a police hunt for the murderer of young boys. The police comissioner ends up tracing the clues to his own home, where he has an adolescent son he has not been able to communicate with. The son is helping and hiding a foreign-born psychopath. All three die in the final shoot-out.
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Det gode og det onde / Good and Evil (1975) Jørgen Leth, Claus Nissen, Ulla Gottlieb, Holger Juul Hansen, Documentary

Det gode og det onde (1975)
Jørgen Leth can squeeze poetry from a stone and wit from dust, and he can find love where the milk of human kindness runs dry. In a series of tableaux of Life in Denmark, he carries absurdism to a happy extreme. To act out his minuscule non-dramas, he uses a motley crew of professional actors like Ghita Nørby and Claus Nissen, writer Dan Turéll plus a snake charmer, a bicycle racer and a circus queen.
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Executive Action (1973) David Miller, Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer, Crime, Drama, History

Executive Action (1973)
A dramatization about how the high level covert conspirators in the JFK assassination might have planned and plotted the assassination based on the data and facts of the case. It posits that a covert group of rogue intelligence agents, ultra-conservative politicians, unscrupulously greedy business interests, and free-lance assassins become increasingly alarmed at President Kennedy’s policies, including his views on race relations, winding down the Vietnam War, and ending the oil depletion allowance. They decide to terminate him through an “executive action” utilizing three teams of well-trained snipers during JFK’s visit to Dallas and place the blame on supposed CIA operative Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) Woody Allen, Gene Wilder, Louise Lasser, Comedy

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972)
Seven segments related to one another only in that they all purport to be based on sections of the book by David Reuben. The segments range from “Do Aphrodisiacs Work?” in which a court jester gives an aphrodisiac to the Queen and is, in the end, beheaded to “What Happens During Ejaculation?” in which we watch ‘control central’ during a successful seduction.
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