Thursday, June 30, 2011

The 70s

This post started off as an ode to 1970s Meryl Streep:

But I soon realized it had more to do with films from the 1970s than about Meryl specifically. It was a fantastic, adventurous decade for filmmaking - especially, it seems, for American actors and directors. Woody made his most endearing films, and Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Diane Keaton, Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman did some of the best work of their long careers. It was also a particularly excellent time for horror, science fiction, and political thrillers. I can admit that I am incredibly biased about 1970s films, and couldn't resist assembling a list of favourites:

Love Story, 1970 (Arthur Hiller)

The French Connection, 1971 (William Friedkin)

Harold and Maude, 1971 (Hal Ashby)

Play Misty For Me, 1971 (Clint Eastwood)

Straw Dogs, 1971 (Sam Peckinpah)

THX 1138, 1971 (George Lucas)

Cabaret, 1972 (Bob Fosse)

Solaris, 1972 (Andrei Tarkovsky)

Don't Look Now, 1973 (Nicolas Roeg)

The Exorcist, 1973 (William Friedkin)

Chinatown, 1974 (Francis Ford Coppola)

The Conversation, 1974 (Francis Ford Coppola)

Barry Lyndon, 1975 (Stanley Kubrick)

Jaws, 1975 (Steven Spielberg)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975 (Milos Forman)

Three Days of the Condor, 1975 (Sydney Pollack)

All The President's Men, 1976 (Alan J. Pakula)

Carrie, 1976 (Brian De Palma)

Network, 1976 (Sidney Lumet)

The Omen, 1976 (Richard Donner)

Logan's Run, 1976 (Michael Anderson)

Annie Hall, 1977 (Woody Allen)

Days of Heaven, 1978 (Terrence Malick)

The Deer Hunter, 1978 (Michael Cimino)

Halloween, 1978 (John Carpenter)

Superman, 1978 (Richard Donner)

Alien, 1979 (Ridley Scott)

Being There, 1979 (Hal Ashby)

The China Syndrome, 1979 (James Bridges)

Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979 (Robert Benton)

Manhattan, 1979 (Woody Allen)