Tess (1979)

Tess (1979)

Wessex County, England during the Victorian era. Christian values dominate what are social mores. These mores and her interactions with two men play a large part in what happens in the young life of peasant girl, the shy, innocent, proper yet proud Tess Durbeyfield. The first of these men is Alec d’Urberville. After learning from a local historian that they are really descendants of the aristocratic d’Urberville family which has died out due to lack of male heirs, Tess’ parents send her to a nearby mansion where they know some d’Urbervilles actually reside.

This move is in order for the family to gain some benefit from their heritage. Upon her arrival at the mansion, Tess quickly learns that the family of Tess’ “cousin” Alec are not true d’Urbervilles, but rather an opportunistic lot who bought the family name in order to improve their own standing in life. Tess is pulled between what she was sent to accomplish for her family against her general disdain for Alec, who will give her.

Tess is a 1979 drama film directed by Roman Polanski, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s 1891 novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles.[1] It tells the story of a country girl descended from a noble line who, when she makes contact with the apparent head of the family, is raped and left pregnant. After her baby dies, she meets a man who abandons her on their wedding night when she confesses her past.

Desperate, she returns to her seducer and murders him. The screenplay was written by Gérard Brach, John Brownjohn, and Roman Polanski. The film received positive critical reviews upon release and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning three for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

Tess Movie Poster (1979)

Tess (1979)

Directed by: Roman Polanski
Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, Brigid Erin Bates, Jeanne Biras, Geraldine Arzul, Rosemary Martin
Screenplay by: Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski
Production Design by: Pierre Guffroy
Cinematography by: Ghislain Cloquet, Geoffrey Unsworth
Film Editing by: Alastair McIntyre, Tom Priestley
Costume Design by: Anthony Powell
Art Direction by: Jack Stephens
Music by: Philippe Sarde
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: December 12, 1980

Nashville (1975)

Nashville (1975)

Taglines: The damnedest thing you ever saw.

This movie tells the intersecting stories of various people connected to the music business in Nashville. Barbara Jean is the reigning queen of Nashville but is near collapse. Linnea and Delbert Reese have a shaky marriage and 2 deaf children. Opal is a British journalist touring the area. These and other stories come together in a dramatic climax.

Nashville is a 1975 American satirical musical comedy-drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is generally considered to be one of Altman’s best films.

The film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel music businesses in Nashville, Tennessee. It has 24 main characters, an hour of musical numbers, and multiple storylines. The characters’ efforts to succeed or hold on to their success are interwoven with the efforts of a political operative and a local businessman to stage a concert rally before the state’s presidential primary for a populist outsider running for President of the United States on the Replacement Party ticket. In the film’s final half-hour, most of the characters come together at the outdoor concert at the Parthenon in Nashville.

The large ensemble cast includes David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Timothy Brown, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Robert DoQui, Shelley Duvall, Allen Garfield, Henry Gibson, Scott Glenn, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, David Hayward, Michael Murphy, Allan F. Nicholls, Dave Peel, Cristina Raines, Bert Remsen, Lily Tomlin, Gwen Welles, and Keenan Wynn.

Nashville Movie Poster (1975)

Nashville (1975)

Directed by: Robert Altman
Starring: Ned Beatty, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Henry Gibson, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Harris
Screenplay by: Joan Tewkesbury
Cinematography by: Paul Lohmann
Film Editing by: Dennis M. Hill, Sidney Levin
Set Decoration by: Robert M. Anderson
Music by: Arlene Barnett, Jonnie Barnett, Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Gary Busey, Juan Grizzle, Allan F. Nicholls, Dave Peel, Joe Raposo
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 11, 1975

Borsalino (1970)

Borsalino (1970)

In year 1930, in Marseilles, the gangster Siffredi is released from prison and searches for his former girl friend, Lola. He finds her with Capella, another gangster. The two men fight over her but become friendly and form a partnership.

Capella and Siffredi fix horseraces and prizefights, then are contacted by Rinaldi, a lawyer who works for Marello and Poli, the gangsters who control crime in Marseilles. Rinaldi suggests that Siffredi and Capella seize control of Marello’s hold on the fish market business. They succeed in doing this but become ambitious and try to control Poli’s meat market operations. Poli tries to have them killed but they succeed in killing him.

Another gangster, The Dancer, kills Rinaldi. Capella and Siffredi dispose of his body and establish themselves as the rulers of the Marseilles crime world. Capella decides to leave Marseilles but is killed by an assassin. Siffredi then decides to leave Marseilles himself.

Borsalino (1970)

Borsalino is a 1970 gangster film directed by Jacques Deray and starring Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Rouvel. It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.

In 2009 Empire Magazine named it #19 in a poll of the 20 Greatest Gangster Movies You’ve Never Seen* (*Probably) A sequel, Borsalino & Co., was released in 1974 with Alain Delon in the leading role.

Borsalino Movie Poster (1970)

Borsalino (1970)

Directed by: Jacques Deray
Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Catherine Rouvel, Françoise Christophe, Corinne Marchand, Laura Adani, Nicole Calfan, Hélène Rémy, Odette Piquet
Screenplay by: Jean-Claude Carrière, Jean Cau
Cinematography by: Jean-Jacques Tarbès
Film Editing by: Paul Cayatte
Costume Design by: Jacques Fonteray
Set Decoration by: Robert Christidès
Art Direction by: François de Lamothe
Music by. Claude Bolling
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 25, 1970

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Taglines: We are not alone.

Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, incorporates the Kodály method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response,

in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals in Muncie, Indiana who experience some paranormal activity before some flashes of bright lights in the sky, which they believe to be a UFO. Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw, unlike some others, especially in some form of authority, who refuse to acknowledge their belief that it was a UFO in not wanting to appear crazy.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film, written and directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, and Cary Guffey. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).

Close Encounters was a long-cherished project for Spielberg. In late 1973, he developed a deal with Columbia Pictures for a science fiction film. Though Spielberg received sole credit for the script, he was assisted by Paul Schrader, John Hill, David Giler, Hal Barwood, Matthew Robbins, and Jerry Belson, all of whom contributed to the screenplay in varying degrees. The title is derived from UFO-ologist J. Allen Hynek’s classification of close encounters with aliens, in which the third kind denotes human observations of aliens or “animate beings.” Douglas Trumbull served as the visual effects supervisor, while Carlo Rambaldi designed the aliens.

Made on a production budget of $18 million, Close Encounters was released in a limited number of cities on November 16, 1977 or November 23, 1977 before expanding into a wide release the following month. It was a critical and financial success, eventually grossing over $337 million worldwide.

A Special Edition of the film, featuring additional scenes, was released theatrically in 1980. A third cut of the film was issued on VHS and laserdisc in 1998 (and later DVD and Blu-ray). The film received numerous awards and nominations at the 50th Academy Awards, 32nd British Academy Film Awards, the 35th Golden Globe Awards, the Saturn Awards and has been widely acclaimed by the American Film Institute. In December 2007, it was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Poster (1977)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Roberts Blossom, Cary Guffey, Lance Henriksen, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
Screenplay by: Steven Spielberg
Production Design by: Joe Alves
Cinematography by: Vilmos Zsigmond
Film Editing by: Michael Kahn
Set Decoration by: Phil Abramson
Art Direction by: Daniel A. Lomino
Music by: John Williams
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 16, 1977

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

The film starts in Germany in 1943. During an Allied bombing raid Maria (Hanna Schygulla) marries the soldier Hermann Braun (Klaus Löwitsch). After “half a day and a whole night” together, Hermann returns to the front. Postwar, Maria is told that Hermann has been killed. Maria starts work as a hostess in a bar frequented by American soldiers. She has a relationship with an African-American soldier Bill (George Byrd), who supports her and gives her nylon stockings and cigarettes. She becomes pregnant by Bill.

Hermann, who was not killed, returns home to discover Maria and Bill undressing each other. A fight between Hermann and Bill ensues. When Hermann seems in danger, Maria unintentionally kills Bill, striking his head with a full bottle. Maria is tried by a military tribunal and expresses her love for both Bill and Hermann; Hermann is so struck with Maria’s devotion that he takes the blame for the killing and is imprisoned.

Maria likely aborts her pregnancy and asks her doctor to promise to maintain the grave. On the train home, Maria catches the eye of a wealthy industrialist, Karl Oswald (Ivan Desny). Oswald, an older man, offers her a position as his assistant, and shortly thereafter Maria becomes his mistress to “maintain the upper hand”. Maria visits Hermann again and tells him about the development, promising that their life will start as soon as he is released. Maria becomes wealthy and buys a house.

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

Oswald visits Hermann and offers to make him and Maria heirs to his wealth if Hermann deserts Maria after his release. Neither man tells Maria of their agreement. On release, Hermann emigrates to Canada and sends Maria a red rose each month to remind her he still loves her. Following Oswald’s death Hermann returns to Germany and to Maria. When Oswald’s will is read by the executor Senkenberg (Hark Bohm) Maria hears about Oswald’s agreement with Hermann. Distressed, Maria lights a cigarette and dies from an explosion of gas after she’d extinguished the burner of the stovetop she’d used to light a previous cigarette. Whether this is intentional or not is not clearly demonstrated.

The Marriage of Maria Braun (German: Die Ehe der Maria Braun) is a 1979 West German film directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The film stars Hanna Schygulla as Maria, whose marriage to the soldier Hermann remained unfulfilled due to World War II and his post-war imprisonment. Maria adapts to the realities of post-war Germany and becomes the wealthy mistress of an industrialist, all the while staying true to her love for Hermann. The film was one of the more successful works of Fassbinder and shaped the image of the New German Cinema in foreign countries. The film is the first installment of Fassbinder’s BRD Trilogy, followed by Veronika Voss and Lola.

The Marriage of Maria Braun Movie Poster (1979)

The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)

Directed by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Klaus Löwitsch, Ivan Desny, Gisela Uhlen, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Gottfried John, George Eagles, Isolde Barth
Screenplay by: Pea Fröhlich, Peter Märthesheimer
Production Design by: Norbert Scherer
Cinematography by: Michael Ballhaus
Film Editing by: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Juliane Lorenz
Costume Design by: Barbara Baum
Set Decoration by: Arno Mathes, Hans-Peter Sandmeier, Andreas Willim
Music by: Peer Raben
Distribution by: Trio Film
Release Date: March 23, 1979

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

The film is framed as a group of performers who travel to the desert to re-enact the Passion of Christ. The film begins with them arriving on a bus, assembling their props, and getting into costume. One of the group is surrounded by the others, puts on a white robe, and emerges as Jesus Christ (“Overture”).

Judas (Anderson) is worried about Jesus’ popularity. He is being hailed as the Son of God, but Judas feels He is just a man, and fears the consequences of their growing movement (“Heaven on Their Minds”). The other disciples badger Jesus for information about his plans for the future, but Jesus will not give them any (“What’s the Buzz?”). Judas’ arrival and subsequent declaration that Jesus should not associate with Mary dampens the mood. Angrily, Jesus tells Judas that he should leave Mary alone, because his slate is not clean. He then accuses all the apostles of not caring about him (“Strange Thing Mystifying”).

Caiaphas is worried that the people will crown Jesus as king, which will upset the Romans. Annas tries to calm him, but he finally sees Caiaphas’ point, and suggests that he convene the council and explain his fears to them. Caiaphas agrees (“Then We Are Decided”). As Jesus and his apostles settle for the night, Mary soothes him with some expensive ointment, but Judas says that the money spent should have been given to the poor. Jesus rebukes him again, telling him that the poor will be there always, but Jesus will not (“Everything’s Alright”).

Meanwhile, the council of the priests discuss their fears about Jesus. Caiaphas tells them that there is only one solution: like John the Baptist, Jesus must be executed for the sake of the nation (“This Jesus Must Die”). Jesus and his followers joyfully arrive in Jerusalem, but Caiaphas orders Jesus to disband the crowd for fear of a riot. Jesus refuses and speaks to the crowd (“Hosanna”).

Later, the apostle Simon Zealotes (Marshall) and a crowd of followers, voice their admiration for Jesus (“Simon Zealotes”). Jesus appreciates this, but becomes worried when Simon suggests directing the crowd towards an uprising against their Roman occupiers. Jesus sadly dismisses this suggestion, saying that they do not understand His true purpose (“Poor Jerusalem”).

Jesus Christ Superstar Movie Poster (1973)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Directed by: Norman Jewison
Starring: Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Larry Marshall, Josh Mostel, Kurt Yaghjian, Paul Thomas
Screenplay by: Melvyn Bragg, Norman Jewison
Production Design by: Richard Macdonald
Cinematography by: Douglas Slocombe
Film Editing by: Antony Gibbs
Costume Design by: Yvonne Blake
Art Direction by: John Clark
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: August 15, 1973

Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Taglines: I could love you if you’d let me.

In the San Francisco of the 1970s, Don Baker (Edward Albert), who was born blind, has lived all his life with his mother (Eileen Heckart). Don moves out into an apartment on his own, but Don finds himself all alone. He has made a contract that his mother will not come to see him for at least two months.

One month has passed. This is when Jill Tanner (Goldie Hawn) moves into an apartment next door to Don. She listens to Don talking to his mother over the phone and turns on the radio. When Don asks her to turn the volume down, she invites herself over for a cup of coffee. They start talking and find each other friendly. Jill does not realize that Don is blind until she sees him dropping his cigarette ash on the table.

Jill has never met a blind man before, so she asks all sorts of questions about how Don manages everyday chores. She tells Don that her favorite quote is: “I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Mankind will surely not deny to Harold Skimpole what it concedes to the butterflies.” (From Dickens’ “Bleak House”). Don makes up a song and starts to sing “Butterflies are free” on his guitar.

Surprising Don with a visit, Mrs. Baker sees that Don has attached himself to Jill. She fears that Jill will break Don’s heart. She takes Jill out for a lunch and tries to talk her out of Don’s life. Jill has strong feelings for Don and tells Mrs. Baker that if there is someone who should get out of Don’s life, it is she.

Butterflies Are Free is a 1972 American comedy-drama film based on the play by Leonard Gershe. The 1972 film was produced by M.J. Frankovich, released by Columbia Pictures, directed by Milton Katselas and adapted for the screen by Gershe. It was released on 6 July 1972 in the USA.

Goldie Hawn and Edward Albert starred. Eileen Heckart received an Academy Award for her performance. While the original play was set in Manhattan, New York, the screenplay written for the 1972 film was set in an unknown location in San Francisco.

Butterflies Are Free Movie Poster (1972)

Butterflies Are Free (1972)

Directed by: Milton Katselas
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Warren, Debralee Scott, Charlene Jones
Screenplay by: Leonard Gershe
Production Design by: Robert Clatworthy
Cinematography by: Charles Lang
Film Editing by: David E. Blewitt
Costume Design by: Moss Mabry
Set Decoration by: Marvin March
Music by: Bob Alcivar
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: July 6, 1972

La Nuit Américaine – Day for Night (1973)

La Nuit Américaine - Day for Night (1973)

Taglines: A movie for people who love movies.

Day for Night chronicles the production of Je Vous Présente Paméla (Meet Pamela, also referred to as I want you to meet Pamela), a clichéd melodrama starring aging screen icon Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Aumont), former diva Séverine (Valentina Cortese), young heart-throb Alphonse (Jean-Pierre Léaud) and a British actress, Julie Baker (Jacqueline Bisset) who is recovering from both a nervous breakdown and the controversy leading to her marriage with her much older doctor.

In between are several small vignettes chronicling the stories of the crew-members and the director; Ferrand (Truffaut himself) who tangles with the practical problems one deals with when making a movie. Behind the camera, the actors and crew go through several romances, affairs, break-ups, and sorrows. The production is especially shaken up when one of the secondary actresses is revealed to be pregnant. Later Alphonse’s fiancée leaves him for the film’s stuntman, which leads Alphonse into a palliative one-night stand with an accommodating Julie; whereupon, mistaking Julie’s pity sex for true love, the infantile Alphonse informs Julie’s husband of the affair. Finally, Alexandre dies on the way to hospital after a car accident.

Day for Night (French: La Nuit américaine) is a 1973 French film directed by François Truffaut. It stars Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Léaud. It is named after the filmmaking process referred to in French as la nuit américaine (“American night”), whereby sequences filmed outdoors in daylight are shot using film stock balanced for tungsten (indoor) light and underexposed (or adjusted during post production) to appear as if they are taking place at night. In English the technique is called day for night, and the film’s title is thus translated as Day for Night.

La Nuit Américaine - Day for Night Movie Poster (1973)

La Nuit Américaine – Day for Night (1973)

Directed by: François Truffaut
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Léaud, François Truffaut, Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Nathalie Baye, Maurice Seveno
Screenplay by: François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard
Production Design by: Damien Lanfranchi
Cinematography by: Pierre-William Glenn
Film Editing by: Martine Barraqué, Yann Dedet
Costume Design by: Monique Dury
Art Direction by: Damien Lanfranchi
Music by: Georges Delerue
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: May 24, 1973

Equus (1977)

Equus (1977)

Taglines: I am yours and you are mine.

A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy’s demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own.

Equus is a 1977 British-American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Burton. Peter Shaffer wrote the screenplay based on his play Equus. The film also featured Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins, and Jenny Agutter.

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards
Best Actor – Richard Burton (nominated)
Best Supporting Actor – Peter Firth (nominated)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Peter Shaffer (nominated)

Golden Globes
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama – Richard Burton (won)
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Peter Firth (won)

BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Jenny Agutter (won)
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music – Richard Rodney Bennett (nominated)
BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Joan Plowright (nominated)
BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor – Colin Blakely (nominated)
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay — Peter Shaffer (nominated)

Equus Movie Poster (1977)

Equus (1977)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Harry Andrews, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter, Kate Reid
Screenplay by: Peter Shaffer
Production Design by: Tony Walton
Cinematography by: Oswald Morris
Film Editing by: John Victor-Smith
Costume Design by: Tony Walton
Art Direction by: Simon Holland
Music by: Richard Rodney Bennett
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: October 14, 1977

Shampoo (1975)

Shampoo (1975)

Taglines: Your hairdresser does it better…

Thirty-something George Roundy is a Beverly Hills hairdresser, who spends as much time sleeping with his female clients as he does doing their hair. Whether they want to admit it, all the women in his life are on the most part aware that they are are not the only one with whom he is sleeping. And some, such as the wealthy and married Felicia Karpf, have a stronger emotional dependence on George than they would like to admit. George’s current girlfriend is Jill, an up and coming actress.

Jill’s best friend is Jackie Shawn, one of George’s old girlfriends who left him because he couldn’t make a true commitment to her. In turn, Jackie is currently having an affair with Lester Karpf, Felicia’s wealthy businessman husband. George is unhappy working at a salon owned by Norman, with whom he is constantly butting heads. In his first act of wanting finally to be a grown up, George wants to open his own salon, but doesn’t have the financial resources to do it, and no bank will lend him money.

Shampoo Movie Poster (1975)

Shampoo (1975)

Directed by: Hal Ashby
Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Lee Grant, Jack Warden, George Furth, Luana Anders, Susanna Moore, Carrie Fisher
Screenplay by: Robert Towne, Warren Beatty
Production Design by: Richard Sylbert
Cinematography by: László Kovács
Film Editing by: Robert C. Jones
Costume Design by: Anthea Sylbert
Set Decoration by: George Gaines
Art Direction by: W. Stewart Campbell
Music by: Paul Simon
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: February 11, 1975