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Ragged Glory: Summer in the 70s

July 15 – Sep 4

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Indulge in the pleasure of nostalgia this summer with our spotlight series on 1970s American cinema, Ragged Glory: Summer in the 70s.

The Hollywood system had broken down at the end of the 60s. The kind of movies that had worked to sustain the studios for decades weren’t connecting anymore. In a panic, and bowled over by the runaway hit Easy Rider, the industry turned over the keys to a younger generation, and “New Hollywood” was born. A breathtaking range of masterly movies hit the screens and made the 70s one of the most exciting times in the history of American cinema.

For insights on this specially curated series, read VIFF Centre Year-Round Programmer, Tom Charity’s program notes “Why do we watch – and rewatch – old movies.”

 

Ragged Glory: Summer in the 70s comprises just shy of seventy 70s films and runs from July 15 to September 4, opening with 1970s pricing of $2.50 tickets (only available on July 15). Almost all the films show at least twice and on any given night you will find a couple of double bills to spark the conversation.

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

A New York subway train is hijacked and the passengers held to ransom. But how does the gang mean to get away? Walter Matthau is the transit cop in a lethal battle of wits with "Mr Blue" (Robert Shaw).

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Charley Varrick

Bank robber Charley (Walter Matthau) accidentally hits a mob money laundering operation in this ingenious and entertaining crime thriller from Dirty Harry director Don Siegel.

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3:35 pm
Wed Aug 10
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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The Parallax View

The most lucid and ingenious, the most deeply, creepily satisfying of paranoia thrillers, Alan J. Pakula's film posits an assassination corporation. Reporter Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) is on to Them, or so he believes…

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5:50 pm
Wed Aug 10
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8:10 pm
Thu Aug 11
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Carrie

The biggest hit from the 70s phase of Brian De Palma's career, Carrie takes Stephen King's horror novel about a troubled telekinetic teen and weaves it into a purely cinematic rhapsody of angst and (retali-)elation, what Pauline Kael termed "a terrifyingly lyrical thriller".

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6:10 pm
Wed Aug 10
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All the President's Men

This gripping account of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's investigation into the Watergate break-in is a masterclass of cinematic craft from director Alan J Pakula (Klute; The Parallax View) and DP Gordon Willis (The Godfather).

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8:00 pm
Wed Aug 10
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5:50 pm
Mon Aug 15
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Phantom of the Paradise

De Palma’s delirious mash-up of Phantom of the Opera, Faust, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and 70s glam-rock is the musical/horror/comedy freak-out that Rocky Horror wanted to be.

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8:15 pm
Wed Aug 10
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Shampoo

A passion project for producer-star Warren Beatty, this frothy boudoir comedy of Beverly Hills manners views its hairdresser hero's bed-hopping with a certain sadness. Goldie Hawn, Julie Christie, Lee Grant and Carrie Fisher come along for the ride.

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6:00 pm
Thu Aug 11
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Mikey and Nicky

Marked for assassination, lowly gangster Mikey (John Cassavetes) calls his best friend, Nicky (Peter Falk), the only man he can trust, and they deviate around New York City all night, one step ahead of a professional hitman (Ned Beatty).

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6:20 pm
Thu Aug 11
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8:30 pm
Sat Aug 13
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Taxi Driver

Scorsese's expressionist, hallucinatory rendition of an infernal New York puts us in the head of Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro),"God's lonely man", an insomniac who crisscrosses the city at night and dreams of claiming something better for himself.

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8:30 pm
Thu Aug 11
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Fri Aug 12
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6:10 pm
Sat Aug 13
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The Outlaw Josey Wales

Bent on revenge after his Confederate comrades are massacred, Josey (Clint Eastwood) is rehabilitated as he reluctantly assumes responsibility for the odd group of pioneer stragglers, including a Cherokee played by Tsleil-Waututh actor Chief Dan George.

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6:20 pm
Fri Aug 12
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5:30 pm
Sun Aug 14
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Blue Collar

One of the most underrated films of its era, Paul Schrader's first film as director has vivid, compelling turns from Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto as desperate Detroit auto workers who rip off their own union's funds.

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8:10 pm
Fri Aug 12
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7:00 pm
Sat Aug 20
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Richard Dreyfuss sees something in the sky which suggests... transcendence? Spectacular but also grounded, of all Spielberg's blockbusters Close Encounters may be the one that holds up best.

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5:00 pm
Sun Aug 14
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Mon Aug 15
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2:00 pm
Wed Aug 17
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) updates Don Siegel's 1956 paranoia classic with Donald Sutherland trying to figure which are the alien pod people and which are the Californians.

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7:50 pm
Sun Aug 14
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8:10 pm
Tue Aug 16
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Between the Lines

The second film by Joan Micklin Silver (after Hester Street) is a spiky indie comedy about an alternative newspaper (not unlike our Georgia Straight) hitting hard times as the counterculture drifts toward the cynical careerism of the 80s.

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8:10 pm
Mon Aug 15
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Tue Aug 16
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Dog Day Afternoon

Based on a true story of a New York bank robbery which turned into a hostage siege (and a media spectacle), Sidney Lumet's gripping movie showcases a bravura performance from Al Pacino as the homosexual, married, unhappy, decent, confused bank robber.

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5:50 pm
Tue Aug 16
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The Late Show

Ira (Carney) comes out of retirement when his old partner Harry bleeds to death on his doorstep. What had he been working on? The case of a missing cat... Lily Tomlin, Harry's kooky client, joins forces to unearth the truth - and get her cat back.

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6:30 pm
Thu Aug 18
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Desperate Living

John Waters' trashiest, most robustly offensive, and funniest satire is a film about women, and what they really, really want. Sensitive types should avert their eyes.

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7:20 pm
Fri Aug 19
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8:20 pm
Sun Aug 21
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Dawn of the Dead

The dead now out-number the living. Two Philly S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter and his TV executive girlfriend flee in a helicopter, and seek refuge in a secluded suburban shopping mall. Secluded, but not deserted...

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9:00 pm
Fri Aug 19
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9:20 pm
Sun Aug 21
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Star Wars: A New Hope

Young Luke Skywalker is thrust into adventure when he intercepts a distress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vadar.

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1:00 pm
Sat Aug 20
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5:45 pm
Mon Aug 22
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8:20 pm
Mon Aug 22
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Saturday Night Fever

John Travolta - 22 playing 19 - is Tony Manero, a Brooklyn-born and bred Italian American. By day he works in a paint store. At night, he struts his stuff on the dance floor. An enthralling mixture of working class realism and dance floor euphoria

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7:40 pm
Sat Aug 20
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Wed Aug 24
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The Deer Hunter

Three Pennsylvania steelworkers (Robert De Niro; Christopher Walken and John Savage) are drafted for Vietnam. Michael Cimino's visceral masterpiece encapsulates the actions, unwritten rules and brotherly love that underpin these men's deep ties.

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2:00 pm
Sun Aug 21
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3:00 pm
Wed Aug 24
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Girlfriends

When her best friend and roommate Anne (Anita Skinner) abruptly moves out to get married, professional photographer Susan (Melanie Mayron) finds herself adrift. Of course she's happy for her friend. Sort of. But what does this mean for them?

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6:20 pm
Tue Aug 23
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4:20 pm
Sun Aug 28
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Old Boyfriends

Joan Tewkesbury only directed this one theatrical feature. It's an intriguing, complex story by Paul and Leonard Schrader about a psychologist in crisis (Talia Shire) who revisits her old boyfriends to recover some sense of who she is, or might be.

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8:10 pm
Tue Aug 23
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6:10 pm
Sun Aug 28
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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Ben Gazzara is Cosmo Vitelli, proud owner of the strip joint Crazy Horse West and in every sense a showman. His fondness for gambling lands him in trouble with the mob, but they offer him an out: all he has to do is murder the eponymous Chinaman...

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6:20 pm
Thu Aug 25
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6:20 pm
Mon Aug 29
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All That Jazz

Inspired by Fellini's 8 1/2, the great choreographer-filmmaker Bob Fosse fashioned this painfully honest, unsentimental self-portrait of the artist as a compulsive jerk.

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8:10 pm
Mon Aug 29
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6:00 pm
Wed Aug 31
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Saint Jack

Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler in early 1970s Singapore, dreams of building a fortune by opening a brothel. Bogdanovich's under-seen film has a low-key charm and a great, engaging Gazzara performance.

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8:30 pm
Thu Aug 25
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Mon Aug 29
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Days of Heaven

As in Badlands, Malick tells a sensational story – here a love triangle – through the oblique perspective of a child, collateral damage in this tale. In place of melodrama, he gives us cinematic poetry.

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4:00 pm
Sun Aug 28
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Wed Aug 31
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Norma Rae

Sally Field graduated from being Burt Reynolds' squeeze in Smokey and the Bandit to winning the Best Actress Oscar for this earnest but effective liberal drama about a southern single mother who agrees to help unionize the textile mill where she works.

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6:30 pm
Sun Aug 28
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8:20 pm
Tue Aug 30
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Breaking Away

Peter Yates' coming of age comedy is a sweet, enormously likable film about four high school grads in Bloomington Indiana figuring out next steps. Dave (Dennis Christopher) is obsessed with cycling, and wishes he was Italian...

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6:00 pm
Tue Aug 30
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Killer of Sheep

Burnett's first film rejected Hollywood conventions to aesheticize the grinding poverty of life in Watts, where a job in a slaughterhouse is only a half-step up from slavery.

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6:30 pm
Tue Aug 30
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8:40 pm
Wed Aug 31
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Being There

In which Peter Sellers' oblivious man-child Chance - an illiterate gardener - becomes a personal advisor to the President. Harold and Maude director Hal Ashby gets the tone just so in this subtle, slowburn satire adapted from Jerzy Kosinski's novel.

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4:30 pm
Thu Sep 01
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Sat Sep 03
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Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

The definitive rendering of Francis Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War magnum opus marks the last hurrah of the New Hollywood of the 70s and the end of our Ragged Glory: Summer in the 70s season.

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7:00 pm
Thu Sep 01
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Gimme Shelter

The landmark documentary about the tragically ill-fated Rolling Stones free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969 could be described as the tombstone for the 60s.

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The Last Movie

Legendary film maudit from Dennis Hopper, his follow up to the smash hit Easy Rider is about as radical as it gets: a movie about Americans making a western in Peru, starring a who's who of Hollywood counter culture icons (Fuller, Fonda, Kristofferson...)

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Wanda

Barbara Loden's vérité feminist masterpiece, a landmark in the history of women filmmakers - and "the anti-Bonnie & Clyde". "Writer-director-actor Barbara Loden's 1970 feature has a wonderful, hard-won sense of everyday rapture." Chuck Bowen, Slant

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McCabe & Mrs Miller

Warren Beatty as John Pudgy McCabe, a gunfighter stumbling across opportunity in the goldrush town Presbyterrean Church (shot in West Vancouver) this Robert Altman alt-western may be the greatest movie ever shot in BC.

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Klute

Urban paranoia thriller with Jane Fonda in a career-best performance. "As close to a classic as anything New Hollywood produced." Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Five Easy Pieces

Jack Nicholson as Robert Eroica Dupea – a middle-class drop-out who has turned his back on the piano career which was his birth right, and now lives the life of blue collar drifter. "A masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." Roger Ebert

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Two-Lane Blacktop

The road (to nowhere) movie was quintessentially 70s, and Monte Hellman's existentialist trip is about as stripped down as it gets. Singer James Taylor and Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson race Warren Oates in their souped-up 55 Chevy.

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The Heartbreak Kid

A young Jew (Charles Grodin) falls out-of-love with his wife on their honeymoon (she is played by the filmmaker's daughter, Jeannie Berlin) and becomes infatuated with a WASP princess (Cybill Shepherd). Elaine May's comedy is stinging but all too human.

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The French Connection

Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle, in this breakthrough police procedural from Exorcist director William Friedkin. The subway chase sequence remains a classic in action filmmaking.

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M*A*S*H

Surely the most anarchic, anti-authoritarian, anti-military, anti-religious movie to have come out of Hollywood to that time, M*A*S*H was Robert Altman's second feature and caught the anger at what was happening in Vietnam.

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Harold and Maude

One of the most beloved movies of the 70s, this oddball black comedy mixes social satire, Cat Stevens' ballads (seven of 'em), and a life-affirming romance between morbid 16-year-old Harold (Bud Cort) and octogenarian rebel Maude (Ruth Gordon).

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Mystery Movie

Thursdays through July and August we're casting a (private) eye on crime thrillers, detectives, mystery and suspense. And we're setting the Crime Scene with a mystery: a secret surprise screening of a starry, fiendishly clever 1970s film of this genre.

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A New Leaf

Comedienne Elaine May became that rare thing, a female film director, with this inspired black comedy about Henry, a spoiled playboy (Walter Matthau) in dire need of an enormously wealthy wife... Enter Henrietta (May), a timid botanist who fits the bill.

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Silent Running

This memorable, atypical sci-fi film (set in 2001) features Bruce Dern as a constant gardener, lovingly tending to his greenhouses in space, all that remains of the earth's ecology. Three drones, Huey, Louie and Dewey, are his only companions.

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Dark Star

Four astronauts are twenty years into their mission to blow up unstable planets; their ship is radioactive, their captain is in the deep freeze, and they're all out of toilet paper. Hilarious cult scifi comedy; John Carpenter's first film.

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Mean Streets

Little Italy, 1973. Good Catholic boy Charlie (Harvey Keitel) is making his way in the mob, looking out for his fuckup cousin Johnny Boy (Robert De Niro), and secretly carrying on with Johnny's epileptic sister, Teresa (Amy Robinson). What could go wrong?

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Badlands

Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek are killers on the run in Terrence Malick's lyrical debut feature, here showing in a 35mm film print. "An unmissable, transcendently beautiful classic." The Guardian

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Super Fly

Directed by Gordon Parks Jr (son of the Shaft director), this is the best of the Blaxploitation movies, and the punchy Curtis Mayfield score underlines the point. Ron O'Neal is Priest, the original Pusherman, working on one last big scam.

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Shaft

Richard Roundtree as a Black private eye John Shaft in the seminal blaxploitation thriller, the second film directed by Gordon Parks. "A laidback, groovy entertainment." Vanity Fair

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Wattstax

A 1972 Stax Records concert called to comemmorate the Watts riots of 1965, this mixes vital performances from the likes of Rufus Thomas, Jesse Jackson, Richard Pryor and Albert King with musings on the state of civil rights and race relations at the time.

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Minnie and Moskowitz

John Cassavetes' deliciously witty take on Hollywood romance is a modern screwball comedy, a mismatched love story between a car park attendant (Seymour Cassel) and a museum administrator (Gena Rowlands) who believes herself to be too good for him.

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The Godfather

A family saga in more senses than one, Francis Coppola's enthralling gangster opus aims to chronicle the American experience through the twentieth century. It is both a success story and a study of moral corruption.

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The Godfather Part II

Coppola's majesterial sequel enriches and expands on the themes of the first film. Robert De Niro is the young Vito Corleone in flashbacks. Al Pacino tries to fill his father's shoes at the head of the family.

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Fat City

A tremendously moving portrait of the bottom rung of the boxing circuit, where perennial losers slug it out for chump change. Stacy Keach is Tully, over-the-hill but still plodding on; Jeff Bridges is his discovery, the not-so-great white hope, Ernie.

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Deliverance

American poet James Dickey's novel has the plotline of any number of rural nightmare stories. Four city folk (including Burt Reynolds) venture into Georgia for a male-bonding canoe trip. But the locals aren't exactly tourist-friendly...

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A Woman Under the Influence

Gena Rowlands is extraordinary in this painful and compassionate trial of love, the most intense and essential movie from legendary independent filmmaker John Cassavetes. "The toughest of all great American films." Kent Jones

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The Exorcist

Thirteen year old Linda Blair is Regan, the movie star daughter who is possessed by a demon, and whose body becomes a spiritual battleground. It builds slowly, carefully, into a maelstrom of sheer unadulterated horror.

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American Graffiti

George Lucas's irresistible jukebox nostalgia trip: "Where were you in 62?". Cruising Main Street in a hot rod, digging Wolfman Jack? A galaxy of future stars (Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Ron Howard) groove through towards morning.

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Chinatown

This timeless classic take on the private eye genre is based on a real political scandal from the 1930s. But its bitter cynicism about a system built by the rich for the rich sure rings true to this day. Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway star.

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The Long Goodbye

Altman's jaundiced update of Raymond Chandler to the 1970s stars a mumbly Elliott Gould as Philip Marlowe, caught up in a case of personal betrayal. This cool, sour comedy (scripted by Leigh Brackett, who wrote The Big Sleep) inspired PTA's Inherent Vice.

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Nashville

Robert Altman was probably the hippest director in Hollywood when he decided to take on the capital of country. More than two dozen characters flit in and out. Half the time you don't know whether to laugh or cry -- which is just how Altman wants it.

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Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Warren Oates digs deep in Peckinpah’s tragi-gothic Mexican nightmare, a self portrait in black: he's a piano player paying his dues by retrieving gory evidence of Garcia's demise to a mob boss. "A true and heartfelt work by a great director." Roger Ebert

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Sam Peckinpah's last word on the West is a gorgeous, anguished lament for lost ideals. Rudy Wurlitzer (Two Lane Blacktop) wrote the script. Bob Dylan provides a song or two. Kris Kristofferson is Billy the Kid.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Czech emigree Forman carried off a remarkably forceful movie, fluctuating between antic liberation and harrowing repression built around what is probably the essential Jack Nicholson performance as congenital rebel Randle P. McMurphy.

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The Yakuza

East meets West, Ken Takakura meets Robert Mitchum in this flawed but intriguing attempt to marry film noir and yakuza traditions, cooked up by screenwriter brothers Paul and Leonard Schrader (who would later collaborate on the script for Raging Bull).

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Network

TV newcaster Howard Beale (Peter Finch) has a breakdown under the push for ratings, but the execs realize his rants are in fact ratings gold... Sidney Lumet's movie of a scorching Paddy Chayefsky script is a burning, angry film which tells it like it is.

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Night Moves

Arthur Penn's neo-noir classic takes the private eye genre to the point of no-return: Gene Hackman's Harry Moseby is completely out of his depth in a case he never really understands. "A key film of the 70s... Essential viewing." Time Out

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