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Herb Sevush
Re: 1970's Cinema
on Dec 6, 2013 at 7:33:31 pm
Last Edited By Herb Sevush on Dec 16, 2013 at 6:05:56 pm

Part II

The 70's were also the swan song of the great Billy Wilder. "Avanti" a farce set in Italy with Jack Lemon, is one of Wilder's best films, which makes it one of the greatest films ever - watch how the 3 minute opening is actually a perfect little silent film. Later that decade he made "Fedora" which is a strange and very bitter movie-about-the-movies. It is to "Sunset Boulevard" what "Two Rode Together" was to "The Searchers." It's not a very good movie but it is a very interesting one.

Woody Allen's funniest decade he made "Bananas" "Sleeper" "Love and Death" and then the movies that made him respectable, if not nearly as funny. Also the inconsistent but at times brilliant series of shorts "Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex".

Robert Aldrich, one of the best and least honored American filmmakers final decade starts with his western allegory about Vietnam "Ulzana's Raid" with Burt Lancaster who also starred in his overtly political thriller, also about Vietnam, "Twilight's last Gleaming" in which his fascination with split screen is given it's ultimate showcase. Speaking of split screen there's the original "The Longest Yard" which made Burt Reynolds a star. Much overlooked is "Emperor of the North" a great allegorical battle between the king of the hobos, Lee Marvin, and a brutal train engineer, Ernest Borgnine. And finally there is "The Frisco Kid" a western about a Rabbi (I kid you not)who meets a bank robber in the old west, with the very young Harrison Ford and the very wonderful Gene Wilder - I leave it to you to figure out who played which.

Richard Lester had his greatest artistic, if not financial decade in the 70's. His "The Three Musketeers" and "The Four Musketeers" shot together but released a year apart are not only the best versions of this story but may well be the best films of the decade. Farce, left wing political analysis, incredible fight scenes, and the only good performance by Raquel Welch make these must sees. "Robin and Marrion" with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn as the most romantic middle aged lovers in history make this the most beautiful and tragic of all the Robin Hood stories. "Juggernaut" with Richard Harris is about terrorism on the high seas.

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