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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #30 on: March 07, 2019, 05:27:05 AM »
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Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time...

Year 1977

What's it about?

When Suzy Banyon arrived at the Tanz Dance Academy in Freiburg, one of the first thing she sees is someone fleeing in the opposite direction.  Soon after, the girl dies.  When Suzy falls ill at the school, she is forced to stay there and it told to have a regular glass of wine by the school physician.  Slowly, Suzy comes to suspect something strange is going on in the school.  Maggots are falling through the ceiling, people are disappearing and the school's headmistress is supposed to be away on a trip but may still be at the school.  And later Suzy learns that the headmistress was believed by locals to be a witch and realizes that she might be in the heart of danger.

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What's it REALLY about?
It's really just an old fashioned fairy tale in the "children, be wary" phase.  Hey, if you travel to another place and don't have a good support system, things can get dangerous.

Legacy
The film is very beloved for it's aesthetic and the dream-like narrative.

From AllMovie

 "one of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid [...] this unrelenting tale of the supernatural was—and likely still is—the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film."

The film is noted for its ultra bright colors, driving prog rock soundtrack and bloody over-the-top set pieces.

It was also garnered a critically acclaimed remake, though is also takes an opposite approach to its tone.

Warning: bloody!
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Trivia
Director Dario Argento's original idea was that the ballet school would accommodate young girls no older than twelve years. However, the studio and producer Salvatore Argento (his father) denied his request because a film this violent involving children would almost certainly be banned. Dario raised the age limit of the girls to twenty years but did not rewrite the script, hence the naiveté of the characters and the occasionally childlike dialogue. He also put all the doorknobs at about the same height as the actress' heads so they would have to raise their arms in order to open the doors, just like children.

Johnny's Thoughts
Argento's best film and certainly the most beautiful and terrifying.  The film is absolutely gorgeous and is an extremely wild and intense ride that only lets up for a few scenes, though even then the sense of dread prevades the film. 


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #31 on: March 07, 2019, 11:09:26 AM »
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Year 1978

What's it about?

1916, hotheaded manual worker Bill punches his boss and accidentally kills him.  Fearing the worst he takes his little sister Linda and girlfriend Abby and go on the run.  Eventually they wind up on a Texas farm where they are taken in by a wealthy farmer, who gives them work for the season.  When the farmer falls in love with Abby, Bill encourages it, as he has learned that the farmer may only have a year to live.  But after a idyllic year on the farm, it becomes apparent that the farmer's health has returned and that Abby may in fact be in love with the farmer, causing a rift in the makeshift family.  And when true feelings are slowly revealed, the situation becomes increasingly chaotic. 

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What's it REALLY about?
Class division plays a big role, but it is also very much a classic romantic tragedy where characters are trying to enjoy the time they have left before the other shoe drops.  It's another tale of a paradise and there is a definitely biblical epic tone, despite taking place in the 20th century.  It's also a visual feast, one that couldn't be more antithetical to our last film.  It's slow and sweeping, letting take in the full beauty of it.

Legacy
The film was initially given some mixed reviews due to having a relatively small story in an epic running time but, if anything, modern critics have considered it to it's benefit, something that can slowly and beautifully unfold as an experience.

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Trivia
The shot of locusts ascending to the sky was shot in reverse with the helicopter crew throwing peanut shells down, and actors walking backwards.

Johnny's Thoughts
I wasn't sure this film would be for me, but I actually found it quite hypnotic and it's slow, beautiful world really drew me in.  I imagine it was a real experience to see on the big screen.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #32 on: March 07, 2019, 02:23:27 PM »
Always nice to see Suspiria make a list, one of the best. And gotta love that Goblin score. Days of Heaven looks cool.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2019, 02:37:24 PM »
Days of Heaven is still my favorite from Malick, and my top film of 1978. I like the look of the picture, it's like Andrew Wyeth's "Christina’s World" come to life. Good on Charles for putting it on his list at #2.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2019, 03:24:05 PM »
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Year 1973

What's it about?

People are worried about Jesus.  His apostles want him to tell the future.  Caiaphas fears he might take over the country and decides to find a way to silence him.  And Judas is worried that Jesus might have delusions of grandeur.  Judas is upset when he sees Jesus being soothed with expensive ointments, he is upset that the money for the ointment could have been used to help the poor.  Judas questions if Jesus can be the saviour and finds himself considering betraying his friend.

And Jesus has his worries to, as he knows his destiny and his afraid of it.

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What's it REALLY about?
I guess placing the story in an anachronistic world that the story of Jesus is timeless and that these figures where also people and even Jesus could be capable of doubt and that Judas' path to Hell may have begun with good intentions.

Legacy
It was a contversial film upon its release, though Pope Paul VI gave it a good review.

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Trivia
Ted Neeley practically made a career of playing Jesus in stage productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar." As of early 2018, he had been playing it for almost 50 years. In September 2016 Neeley celebrated his 73rd birthday, which meant he had lived four decades longer than Jesus (who died at age 33).

Johnny's Thoughts
Judas has a badass jumpsuit!


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #35 on: March 07, 2019, 03:33:22 PM »
Oh sweet! This makes my day. I had this ranked high, not because I think it's technically the second greatest movie of the 70s, but because of how important it was to me, how much love I had for it. To quote myself from a review...

"It feels like JCS was always a part of my life. It began as a record in 1969 (we called it the "Brown Album"), with Deep Purple's Ian Gillian playing Jesus. My mother bought it, and years later I inherited it. And while the cover and inserts are tattered and worn, the vinyl a little scratched, I still have that LP even though I've since purchased remastered CDs and downloads.

In 1971 it became a play (the great Ben Vereen earned a Tony nomination playing Judas). In 1973, a film with Ted Neely and Carl Anderson."


I still listen to the early recordings, still revisit the movie, and have seen the stage play. And though the protestors standing outside the venues have lessened, they've never gone away. (Apparently I'm going to spend a long time in hell not only for enjoying this thing, but for enjoying it over and over and over again.)

Thumbs up to the other 2 vote givers.
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2019, 03:55:46 PM »
JCS didn't make my list but it does bring back memories, I never saw the movie but my folks had the soundtrack on 8 track tape.

Looking it up I think it was the soundtrack from the play (the rock opera), I remember the image on the tape and it looks like one released in 1971.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #37 on: March 07, 2019, 05:33:41 PM »
wow, 0/8 so far


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2019, 05:19:12 AM »
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That man is a head taller than me. That may change.

Year 1972

What's it about?

In 1560, an army of Spanish conquistadors who has finished conquering the Inca empire continue into the Amazon in search of El Dorado, the lost city of gold.  With supplies running low, a group of 40 is sent to scout the river with a raft to see if they should go forward.  If they don't return within a week, they will be considered lost.  As the journey begins, they are soon met with misfortune.  It looks as though the group should turn around, but soon the ambitious second in command, Aguirre, has other ideas.  Ideas that will lead down a road of horror and madness in the heart of the thick Amazon rainforest.

WARNING, TRAILER CONTAINS THE LAST SCENE BECAUSE 1970s DIDN'T CARE ABOUT SPOILERS!
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What's it REALLY about?
I haven't seen it but knowing Herzog and this film's reputation: madness, the mercilessness of nature, the cruelty of man and they ways in which they can be lead astray by awful fellow men.

Legacy
The film is highly regarded and was also the inspiration for another film that will be on this list and is also considered a classic.  It should be known that while inspired by historical events (there was an Aguirre), this is a work of fiction.  But now I want to read about the read guy.

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Trivia/Reminder that Klaus Kinski is fucking awful
During a particularly rowdy night of production, Klaus Kinski, irritated by the noise from a hut where cast and crew were playing cards, repeatedly fired a Winchester rifle into it. One of the bullets took the tip of an unnamed extra's finger off. Werner Herzog immediately confiscated the weapon and it remains his property to this day.

I assume he means the gun but I wouldn't put it past Herzog to keep the finger.

Johnny's Thoughts
I've yet to see it but it's on my bucket list (unlike the Bucket List).


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #39 on: March 08, 2019, 11:16:40 AM »
Okay, so far these movies are some of the most obscure ones. Yes I've heard of Jesus Christ Superstar and Suspiria but aside from that I'm unfamiliar with most of these entries.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #40 on: March 08, 2019, 11:23:18 AM »
Wrath of God didn't make my final cut, so I'm glad to see it make it without my help. And yeah, Kinski, great actor... but I think he was suffering some serious mental illness (and I don't mean that in a joking manner. Something was broke in that man)


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #41 on: March 08, 2019, 11:33:22 AM »
Okay, so far these movies are some of the most obscure ones. Yes I've heard of Jesus Christ Superstar and Suspiria but aside from that I'm unfamiliar with most of these entries.

Days in Heaven is part of the new form of epics that were big in the era.  Except while it FEELS like that, it's actually only 98 minutes!  It's not a long movie but it is gradually paced and very sweeping in a way I kept thinking it was longer than it was.

Aguirre is a Herzog movie.  His movies often deal with madness and are quite dark and often strangely absurd.  Sadly, the only Herzog movie I've seen is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans, a movie with a terrible title but is a very great film.  Herzog is an out there dude and you'd do well to look him up.  Here's him getting shot mid-interview... and just trying to ignore it, as if to say "don't give my would-be assassin attention, that's just what he wants."

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Also, people love to do impressions of Herzog's slow, mellow cadence but PFT does it the best.

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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #42 on: March 08, 2019, 11:34:35 AM »
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Year 1979

What's it about?

Dave and his friends need something.  They are 19 and having graduated the year before don't know what to do with their lives.  The gang feels trapped but Dave is finding freedom... in Italy.  Not being there, just in the idea of it.  Dave loves all things Italian such as music, culture and most importantly bicycle racing.  After he won a Masi bicycle the year before, it is all he can think of, much to the puzzlement and frustration of his father.   When Dave ends up being invited to an annual bicycle race, he's excited to learn that he can compete against the Italian bicycle team.  But when he learns they may have won by cheating, he becomes disillusioned.  Luckily, he's got good friends and together they form a new bicycle team representing the working class of their little town.

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What's it REALLY about?
Lie many coming of age movies, I assume it has something to do with finding what growing up means.

Legacy
From wikipedia...

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The film is used to highlight one of "The Rules" for cyclists (i.e. Rule 43 Don't be a Jackass): "Remember when the Italian pro team came to town to race and Dave, in his exuberance, was able to ride with them in the front while speaking their native language? [...T]he Italian rider jam a frame mounted pump into Dave's front wheel, causing him to crash out. That guy was a jackass. And he wasn't even funny. [...] Don't be a jackass."

Also, the movie was adapted into a short-lived TV show.

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Trivia
The term "Cutters" heard in the film is used to represent Bloomington, Indiana townies who work cutting rock in the local limestone quarries. The production team decided to call the Bloomington townies "cutters" because they felt the actual local nickname ("stoners" or "stonies") would draw a parallel to drug references for viewers who were not raised in the area.

Johnny's Thoughts
I missed my chance to see this one before they took it off Netflix.


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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #43 on: March 08, 2019, 04:28:25 PM »
Aguirre made my list - What an incredible movie. We bought the Herzog boxset ridiculously cheap a couple of years ago and marathoned his films, and we were blown away by how much we loved most of these films that all seemed like they might be quite a chore.
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Re: List of Crap #115: Top 50 Movies of the 70s Countdown!
« Reply #44 on: March 08, 2019, 05:57:53 PM »
I bet some of us are thinking of that joke from Parts: The Clonus Horror-- "Breaking away 2: The Clonus horror".