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Don’t Look Now (1973)
Pass the warning.
Filmmaker(s): Nicolas Roeg

While grieving a terrible loss, a married couple meet two mysterious sisters, one of whom gives them a message sent from the afterlife.

Red Riding Hood Restoration I just saw ‘Black Swan,‘ one of the most successful cinematic seductions of the inner worlds of madness. It prompted me to go to this rather than ‘Red Shoes‘ or ‘Nostalghia.‘ What makes this film — indeed this filmmaker — valuable is the...

Published February 23, 2024
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Soylent Green (1973)
It's the year 2022. People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need Soylent Green.
Filmmaker(s): Richard Fleischer

In the year 2022, overcrowding, pollution, and resource depletion have reduced society’s leaders to finding food for the teeming masses. The answer is Soylent Green.

Empty Calories I remember thinking this was vacuous when it was new. Seeing it now, it seems to have lost even more value. Many films work in spite of bad writing, poor acting and casual production values, but not this one because — I surmise —...

Published February 9, 2024
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The Big Feast (1973)
An experience that hammers your sensibilities.
Filmmaker(s): Marco Ferreri

Four friends gather at a villa with the intention of eating themselves to death.

Sit, Eat This is a sort of adventure in shocking an audience. It failed with me because I’ve been exposed to so many more incisive things. But I like the way it is put together. It is a sort of “Love’s Labors Lost” meets “8 1/2 Women.”...

Published January 30, 2024
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Danish Pastries (1973)
Filmmaker(s): Finn Karlsson

The impending approach of Venus - known to cause "disturbing erotic behavior" - sends two men with very different missions to the town of Petit-Bois. One to save the schoolgirls from lust, the other to test a new aphrodisiac. Chaos ensues.

Timothy Leery I was happy to be able to find this old gem. In the early 70s, there was brief window when porn was where many cinematic experiments were happening. Some of them actually had some promise for being important. Perhaps the oddest is the porn...

Published March 7, 2023
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Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
Sinbad battles the creatures of legend in the miracle of Dynarama
Filmmaker(s): Gordon Hessler

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map.

Arabiana Jones Boy, I’ll tell you that when this was new, it was great. This was before Lucas and Spielberg made it impossible to have a straight ahead adventure film with no winks at the audience. This was when special effects were more believable because the monsters...

Published November 20, 2022
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The Erotic Experiences of Frankenstein (1973)
Brutal! Bizzare!
Filmmaker(s): Jesús Franco

Dr. Frankenstein is left for dead in the woods. His daughter, Dr. Vera Frankenstein, hunts for his attacker: Dr. Cagliostro, a mad scientist who’s created a race of human-animal hybrids.

Dead Bits Arise Most people watch Franco it seems specifically because it is junk, or so they think. The cheapness and (for the era) exotic nudity must give some sort of trailer park thrill. But these films seem important to me. The reason is that today's most...

Published October 30, 2022
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