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 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)


Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore -- Martin Scorcese
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia -- Sam Peckinpah
Chinatown -- Roman Polanski
Conrack -- Martin Ritt
The Front Page -- Billy Wilder
The Godfather, Part 2 -- Francis Ford Coppola
Law and Disorder -- Ivan Passer
McQ -- John Sturges, listed for John Wayne's deeply felt, minimalist performance.
The Parallax View -- Alan J. Pakula
Sugarland Express -- Steven Spielberg
The Terminal Man -- Mike Hodges
Thieves Like Us -- Robert Altman
The White Dawn -- Philip Kauffman
Zardoz -- John Boorman

There were so many worthwhile films in 1974. The list goes on and on: 11 Harrowhouse, Frankenheimer's 99 and 44/100% Dead, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Borsalino and Co., Buster and Billie, Busting, Harold Pinter's Butley, Don Siegel's The Black Windmill, Robert Altman's California Split, Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Bogdanovich's Daisy Miller, Death Wish, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, Gianfranco Mingozzi's Flavia the Heretic, Foxy Brown, Karel Reisz's The Gambler, Peter Hunt's Gold, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Robert Bresson's Lancelot du Lac, Bob Fosse's miserable Lenny, Macon County Line, Sidney Lumet's Murder On the Orient Express, Richard Fleischer's The Spikes Gang, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Blake Edwards' The Tamarind Seed, Bertrand Blier's Going Places, Cassavete's A Woman Under the Influence, Young Frankenstein and at least two dozen others. An incredibly good year for cinema.

Richard



 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

How about HARRY AND TONTO- a personal favorite of mine.

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

1. The Conversation (Coppola)

1. The Godfather Part II (Coppola)

3. Chinatown (Polanski)

4. The Mirror (Tarkovsky)

5. Lacombe, Lucien (Malle)

6. Stardust (Apted)

7. Vincent, Francois, Paul et les autres (Sautet)

8. The Nickel Ride (Mulligan)

9. Mahler (Russell)

10. Butley (Pinter)

10. The Parallax View (Pakula)

California Split (Altman)

Thieves Like Us (Altman)

The Yakuza (Pollack)

Murder on the Orient Express (Lumet)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Sargent)

also good: Zardoz, Phantom of the Paradise, Lenny, The Man with the Golden Gun, Lost in the Stars, Ali:Fear Eats the Soul, The Odessa File, The Towering Inferno, Blazing Saddles & Young Frankenstein.


 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 9:08 PM   
 By:   Michaelware   (Member)

The Phantom of the Paradise

Young Frankenstein

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

The Sugarland Express

Jingi naki tatakai: Kanketsu-hen (actually all of them, Police Tactics, Final Episode, and New)

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

The Conversation

The Godfather Part II

The Longest Yard

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


and I never give credit to Polanski pics. Just don't give a damn.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 1:02 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

The Godfather: Part II
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
The Conversation
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three


 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 1:17 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

The Dove - Charles Jarrott

One of my favourite films from any year smile

Mitch

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Wow, what a refreshing difference from the putrid "Neo-Conservative Kitsch" [as our own OnyaBirri so eloquently put it] that was 1983-84. I was born in 1971 and I can tell you that I would much rather come of age in '74 than in '84.

Think about it, Richard: a world without Johnny Depp in movies (he made his debut in '84, didn't he?)

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Freebie and the Bean
Mr Majestyk
Emmanuelle

Quite a year

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

A great year, no doubt. My top ten might look something like this, but whereas in the 80s and 90s it's occasionally difficult to fill a top 10 list*, here it's almost impossible to narrow down to a top 10.

Chinatown
The Conversation
The Godfather, Part 2
A Woman Under the Influence
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Young Frankenstein
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
The White Dawn
Harry and Tonto

*But heck, Jim, that's part of why I'm doing that thread: digging through those years looking for the good ones and considering and assessing those that influenced me as I came of age.

And OnyaBirri sure does like the word kitsch!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Jim Phelps:
Wow, what a refreshing difference from the putrid "Neo-Conservative Kitsch" [as our own OnyaBirri so eloquently put it] that was 1983-84. I was born in 1971 and I can tell you that I would much rather come of age in '74 than in '84.

Think about it, Richard: a world without Johnny Depp in movies (he made his debut in '84, didn't he?)


Indeed. Cinema was better then. The acting profession was better then. You're making me nostalgic.

Who wants to invest in my next indy feature? Johnny Depp will not be in it.


Richard

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

As an 10-year-old, I wasn't old enough to see any of these except "Golden Voyage."

And I didn't even see that. frown

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

There were so many worthwhile films in 1974. The list goes on and on: ... An incredibly good year for cinema.

Richard


Not as good as 1964, but yes 1974 was a good time period.

Here's a bunch of mine:

  • STEPPENWOLF (Fred Haines)
  • LUTHER (Guy Green)
  • THE WOMAN WITH RED BOOTS [Juan Bunuel (son of Luis Bunuel)]
  • JE TU IL ELLE (Chantal Akerman)
  • ZARDOZ (John Boorman)
  • PHASE IV (Saul Bass)
  • THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (Luis Bunuel)
  • UNE PARTIE DE PLAISIR (Claude Chabrol)
  • LE MOUTON ENRAGE (Michel Deville)
  • LANCELOT OF THE LAKE (Robert Bresson)
  • A DOLL'S HOUSE (Joseph Losey)
  • CELINE AND JULIE GO BOATING (Jacques Rivette)
  • CAT'S PLAY (Karoly Makk)

    ... plus the "Death To The Daleks" serial of DOCTOR WHO, which I consider as Terry Nation's best writing for the show.

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     Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 9:47 AM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    I was not around to see that years films at the time.
    I do know Murder on the Orient Express though, it is very good, slow and talky, but well made, and a nice score too, rare for Lumet who was pretty much a score-hater.

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 2:53 PM   
     By:   Angelillo   (Member)

    My 5 favourite films from 1974, not including the obvious out-of-competition status for
    Risi's PROFUMO DI DONNA are :




    CONRACK
    LA GUEULE OUVERTE
    LA PRIMA ANGELICA
    THE FRONT PAGE
    THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS

     
     
     Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 3:15 PM   
     By:   (Member)   (Member)

    Number One
    Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

    2. The Conversation
    3. The Gambler
    4. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
    5. The Parallax View


    Notes
    Television-wise, I will add Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

     
     Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 9:32 AM   
     By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL
  • CALIFORNIA SPLIT
  • CELINE & JULIE GO BOATING
  • CHINATOWN
  • THE CONVERSATION
  • THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER
  • THE GODFATHER II
  • LACOMBE, LUCIEN
  • THE NICKLE RIDE
  • THE PARALLAX VIEW
  • STAVISKY
  • THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE
  • THIEVES LIKE US
  • YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

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     Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 11:49 AM   
     By:   HarryRA   (Member)

    Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (Hough)
    Sugarland Express (Spielberg)
    Chinatown (Polanski)
    Godfather Part II (Coppola)
    Murder On The Orient Express (Lumet)
    The ODESSA File (Neame)
    Emmanuelle (Jaeckin)
    Milano Odia: la polizia non può sparare (Lenzi)
    The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (Sargent)
    Mr. Majestyk (Fleischer)

     
     Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:57 AM   
     By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

    I forget.

     
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