Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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Just an idle thought brought up by a conversation I had earlier today...

Notable films from 1974 (the year of my birth), many representing either milestones for their makers or a significant stepping stone for their later work, others just plain old good movies:
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (Martin Scorsese) Very important for Ellen Burstyn as well
The Amputee (David Lynch)
B.B. King: Live In Africa (Leon Gast)
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks)
Caged Heat (Jonathan Demme)
California Split (Robert Altman)
Chinatown (Roman Polanski) Jack Nicholson's finest moment and Jerry Goldsmith's score
Conrack (Martin Ritt)
Dark Star (John Carpenter)
Foxy Brown (Jack Hill) Pam Grier
The Front Page (Billy Wilder)
The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola) The big one
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (Gordon Hessler) Ray Harryhausen
The Great Gatsby (Jack Clayton) Not my favorite movie or book, but...
The Groove Tube (Ken Shapiro) Chevy Chase's first screen appearance
Je, tu, il, elle (Chantal Ackerman) Nobody's ever seen this, but it's brilliant, if strange
Lenny (Bob Fosse)
Leonard Cohen: Bird On A Wire (Tony Palmer)
The Longest Yard (Robert Ulrich)
The Man With The Golden Gun (Guy Hamilton)
McQ (John Sturges) Okay, I can't stand John Wayne, but the Elmer Bernstein score is cool
Murder on the Orient Express (Sydney Lumet)
The Parallax View (Alan J. Pakula)
Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma)
S*P*Y*S (Irvin Kershner)
The Sugarland Express (Steven Spielberg) First collaboration with composer John Williams
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent)
The Tamarind Seed (Blake Edwards)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Tobe Hooper)
Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks)

Note: In researching this entry, I came across a BBC TV production of John Millington Synge's play The Playboy of the Western World starring Sinéad Cusack, John Hurt and Donal McCann!!! Unfortunately it is not available on any home video format, but there's no way that cast with that material is going to be anything but great. I'll check the Museum of Radio and Television for it next week.
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