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1970s Masterpieces

1970s Masterpieces

SUNFLOWER

Vittorio De Sica Italy, 1970

Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni were a dream couple for comedy hits in the 60s, but with their director, the legendary Vittorio De Sica, they were equally skilled at drama. Just witness this grand historical romance, full of visuals and carried along on a swooning Mancini score!

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THE CONFORMIST

Bernardo Bertolucci Italy, 1970

Regularly hailed as one of the greatest films ever made (and rightly so), Bernardo Bertolucci’s supreme masterpiece is both a 70s political thriller and a surreal, highly sensual journey to Europe’s troubled past. It was a huge influence on Coppola for The Godfather, and is essential to this day.

REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA

Jonas Mekas United States, 1972

Jonas Mekas’ second diary film lovingly records a return to his native Lithuania after 27 years of absence. The émigré avant-garde pioneer negotiates the trauma of being a “displaced person” by weaving together bittersweet memories with moments of beauty and loss: finding a home in cinema forever.

ASPARAGUS

Suzan Pitt United States, 1979

A landmark work in experimental surrealist animation, Suzan Pitt’s short has more ideas than even some features! Brilliantly mixing hand-drawn animation with stop-motion, Asparagus is resplendent with evocative ideas on femininity, interiority, and the body. A truly singular piece of cinema.

INDIA SONG

Marguerite Duras France, 1975

Set in the colonialist homes of ‘30s India, renowned writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras cast Delphine Seyrig as a diplomat’s wife haunted by imperialist guilt and the anguishing emptiness of opulence. Notably, the film eschews sync sound, advancing its narrative through various off-screen voices.

EDVARD MUNCH

Peter Watkins Sweden, 1974

Peter Watkins, best known for his brilliant “documentary” The War Game, is one of the very best and yet mostly unheralded of filmmakers. His majestic biopic of the painter of “The Scream” envelops reality and drama with a breathtaking depth of historical research. Presented in its uncut version!

THE POINT

Fred Wolf United States, 1971

Fred Wolf’s cult animation—created and scored by the pioneering musician Harry Nilsson, whose song “Me and My Arrow” is a classic—is family film for all of us, kids and weirdos alike. It carries a genuine message through a beguiling—and very ’70s—style that is at once strange and utterly delightful.

LOST, LOST, LOST

Jonas Mekas United States, 1976

A deeply personal, delightfully idiosyncratic, remarkably free-ranging, and ultimately powerfully searching diary film from Jonas Mekas. An interpretive chronicle of the Lithuanian’s struggle to find a sense of home in mid-century Brooklyn, it’s a profound expression of longing and hope.