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 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

The dawn of the 1970s - when the "New Hollywood" directors such as Bob Rafelson and William Friedkin really begin to flex their muscles, and European films get quite baroque (note Bernardo Bertolucci's flamboyant style for my #1 choice) after having a reputation for b&w classicism for much of the post-war period. It's also, sadly, the end of the 70mm epic era that had begun in the mid-1950s (witness the critical barbs aimed at "Ryan's Daughter"). Epics would eventually return, but in a different style.

1. The Conformist (Bertolucci)

2. The Go-Between (Losey)

3. Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson)

4. Claire’s Knee (Rohmer)

5. Ryan’s Daughter (Lean)

6. The Boys in the Band (Friedkin)

7. The Landlord (Ashby)

8. Donkey Skin (Demy)

9. Scrooge (Neame)

10. L’enfant sauvage (Truffaut)

10. Bed and Board (Truffaut)

10. M*A*S*H (Altman)

also good: Le cercle rouge, Little Big Man, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Patton, Catch-22, Darling Lili, The Clowns, Bombay Talkie, The Twelve Chairs, Brewster McCloud, The Great White Hope, Adam at 6 a.m, The Adversary, Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon, The Policeman,

still need to see: Dodes'ka-den, The Hawaiians, Borsalino, Leo the Last, Too Late the Hero, Alex in Wonderland, I Never Sang for My Father, Figures in a Landscape, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, The Things of Life, The Railway Children, Husbands.



What are some of your favorites? smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 2:43 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • THE ADVERSARY
  • LE BOUCHER
  • LE CERCLE ROUGE
  • CLAIRE'S KNEE
  • THE CONFESSION
  • THE CONFORMIST
  • DAYS & NIGHTS IN THE FOREST
  • DODES 'KA-DEN
  • L'ENFANT SAUVAGE
  • THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI-CONTINIS
  • THE GO-BETWEEN
  • INVESTIGATION OF A CITIZEN ABOVE SUSPICION
  • THE LANDLORD
  • MASH
  • PATTON
  • PERFORMANCE
  • THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • TRISTANA

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     Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 3:05 PM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    ooh a proper year at last. All these 1980-90-2000 threads id struggle to pick ten good films from any of those years without including movies that shouldnt get on any top ten lists!!!

     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 7:41 AM   
     By:   mastadge   (Member)

    Mark, I'll keep up with these as best I can, but won't be able to respond as promptly as you have!

    As for 1970, despite BillCarson's snark it's hardly, to my taste, one of the great years in the annals of cinema. No all-time favorites this year! (That may say more about my taste than by the year, but I stand by my feeling that many people who dismiss recent years do so without bothering to investigate much! (Or, conversely, that their dismissal say more about their taste than about the year!)) I find it interesting that while I consider myself a great fan of neither military films nor westerns, they seem to dominate my list this year.

    Patton (Schaffner)
    MASH (Altman)
    Little Big Man (Penn)
    Days and Nights in the Forest (Ray)
    Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson)
    Kelly's Heroes (Hutton)
    The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Peckinpah)
    Scrooge (Neame)
    Le Cercle Rouge (Melville)
    The Conformist (Bertolucci)

    Also good: Compañeros, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Catch-22, The Great White Hope, Ryan's Daughter, The Wild Child, Dodes'ka-den, Tora! Tora! Tora!, and others

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 7:51 AM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)

    A nightmare...

    Too many not simply "good" or "great" movies but EXCELLENT movies...

    1970 has definitely the "1967 curse".

    I've been clicking on "edit" for one hour, or so !

    My 5 favourite films of 1970, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
    Wilder's THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and Lean's RYAN'S DAUGHTER are :


    LE BOUCHER
    I WALK THE LINE
    THE MOLLY MAGUIRES
    THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN
    TRISTANA


     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 8:19 AM   
     By:   RoryR   (Member)

    Looking at the titles listed above just reminds me that 1970 wasn't one of the better years for movies, though it was the dawn of a great, though brief era of director-driven films in the early to mid-seventies, perhaps the last great era of American filmmaking before it all got taken over by corporate-driven blockbuster chasing.

    PATTON and KELLY'S HEROES are my two favorites, but I'll bet that BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES is probably better known today than most of the titles listed above -- though it's a movie I wish were never made. The original is my favorite movie, but BENEATH is a vivid example of how you DON'T do a sequel.

    Come to think of it, the APES sequels, of which BENEATH was the first, were also a harbinger of what would arrive about a decade later -- Hollywood sequel mania.

    Damn you all to hell, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES!

     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 8:53 AM   
     By:   Freejack   (Member)



    1# - COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE - 10/10
    One of my favourite vampire movies. Robert Quarry brings something new to the good old creature of the night.

    2# - SCARS OF DRACULA - 7/10

    3# - HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS - 6/10

    4# - VAMPIRE LOVERS - 6/10

    5# - HORNETS NEST - 5/10

     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
     By:   RoryR   (Member)

    Even though it was released in the UK in 1969, I didn't see FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED until it open here in the US in April of 1970.

     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 10:48 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

  • TAM LIN by Roddy McDowall
  • FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE by Joseph Losey
  • HOFFMAN by Alvin Rakoff
  • WALKABOUT by Nicolas Roeg
  • THE EAR by Karel Kachyna




  • BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW by Piers Haggard
  • BED AND BOARD by Francois Truffaut
  • THE GARDEN OF DELIGHTS by Carlos Saura
  • LEO THE LAST by John Boorman
  • TRISTANA by Luis Bunuel

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     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
     By:   Timmer   (Member)

    Walkabout is 71 Tone.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 12, 2013 - 11:58 AM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    I liked them then, and I still do.













     
     Posted:   Oct 13, 2013 - 10:33 AM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Walkabout is 71 Tone.

    Yeah, it was released in 1971, but I tend to group films in my spreadsheets based upon when photography was completed.
    For my entry of WALKABOUT into 1970, I must have read in one of my reference books that Roeg had finished WALKABOUT in '70.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 19, 2013 - 2:36 AM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    Released in Britain in 1970 and in the U.S. in 1971.

     
     Posted:   Feb 16, 2014 - 5:28 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    I just updated my list to add "The Landlord" to the top 10 (actually top 12 now), which I finally saw today. (Thanks, YouTube.) Very good mix of both subtle and zany comedy, along with poignancy and an honest attempt to understand race relations. Why was Diana Sands not nominated for an Oscar? Too late now sadly.

     
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