Take 2: Best Films of the ’70s
Annie Hall, Last Tango in Paris, An Unmarried Woman, The Sorrow and the Pity, Apocalypse Now, Amarcord, The Emigrants, Breaking Away
No clips but mentioned – The Godfather I & II, The Conversation, Mean Streets, The Last Detail, Saturday Night Fever, Le Boucher, Nashville, Days of Heaven, The Deer Hunter, Heart of Glass, and Cries and Whisperers.
Thanks to Michael Green of the Fruit Cart Flicks Podcast for recovering the video!
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Thank you so much for finally re-posting this Larry! I have been waiting a long time for this episode.
You are welcome, Jesse! jedijones found it for us!
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Decades after this episode was aired on PBS, the 1970s has since been considered the of the best decades for movies and these guys clearly think so. The New Hollywood era had its roots in the late 60s, when such auteur films like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, 2001, and Easy Rider appealed to a counterculture audience, and since then, directors were given creative control, with little to no studio meddling. As a result, a new generation of directors have made their best work and even filmmakers from other countries were still making great films. It was a groundbreaking, revolutionary decade for movies. But sadly, nothing last forever, as big budget action films like Jaws, Star Wars, and Superman led to crowd pleasing blockbusters of the 1980s and decades to come. I’m not saying that I don’t like blockbusters (in fact, some of them are among my favorite movies), but my point is that the overwhelming successes of blockbusters have done damages to what New Hollywood has stood for.