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 Posted:   Oct 4, 2010 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Was that a rhetorical question?

What was it about early '70s cinema that was so damned gritty and rank?

  • Good writing and a worthwhile story to tell.
    The ability to tell a story honestly connected to how people live and behave one step at a time without lecturing.

  • Actors who feel the character and emote in modulation instead of posturing, striking attitudes, and making politically correct speeches.

  • 35mm film grain. Light and color and detail resides in the grain. It wasn't "washed out" to make it look gritty because it was already gritty.

  • Directors who knew how to tell a story with a camera.

  • Audiences with attention spans long enough to watch a story.

    That's my answer.


     Posted:   Oct 4, 2010 - 2:28 PM   
     By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

    anyone else's copy defective? the rental i watched made it look it was raining throughout the film. This was a physical defect in the manfacturing, not part of the original camera work
    hope it was just my rental

     Posted:   Oct 4, 2010 - 3:24 PM   
     By:   Richard-W   (Member)

    Mine came out of the shrink wrap perfect.

    Wash the recorded side under warm water with a whisp of hand soap using your clean fingers. Rinse it under warm water and then dry it gently with a cotten sheet or something. The Technical Support guy at Disney told me to do that while he waited on the phone. I thought he was crazy, but since he would replace Mickey Mouse In Living Color disc 2 with a new copy if it didn't work, I tried it, and to my complete surprise, the picture and sound cleared right up. Two years have gone by and it plays perfectly.

    No kidding.


     Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 8:45 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    Just saw THE NICKEL RIDE (1974) on a Shout DVD (coupled with Frankenheimer's 99 AND 44/100% DEAD). For anyone who likes EDDIE COYLE and similar 1970s crime dramas ought to check this out. Directed by Robert Mulligan and written by Eric Roth, it has a strong George Higgins vibe to it. If not as brilliant as COYLE, it still is a great film of this style. Wonderfully atmospheric, good character interactions (the relationship between the lead characters played by Jason Miller and Linda Haynes is beautifully rendered.) And with a Dave Grusin score as well. Right on!

     Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 10:02 PM   
     By:   dogplant   (Member)

    This thread needs some Grusin up:

     Posted:   Jun 20, 2013 - 10:03 PM   
     By:   dogplant   (Member)

    Oops, double post. But while I'm at it: go, Mr. Connection!

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