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Yearly Roundup – 1970

Posted by martinteller on February 7, 2013

The Cream of the Crop

One from my top 100 this year: Werner Herzog’s madcap, bizarre and sometimes hilarious Even Dwarfs Started Small.  It’s a film that manages to escape accusations of “weird for weird’s sake” by being so inviting, memorable and in its own way, compassionate.  Another that comes very close to my top 100 is Bertolucci’s The Conformist.  It’s great for its jaw-dropping cinematography alone, but also offers much more than that.


Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

It’s the year of Bertolucci, with another fantastic film: The Spider’s Stratagem.  The two movies complement each other well… and both desperately need a Blu-Ray release.  Also we have Dodes-kaden… one of Kurosawa’s most under-appreciated features, and one of the finest of his post-Mifune period.


Also Love

Bed & Board
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage
Days and Nights in the Forest
Donkey Skin
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
The Wild Child


Varying Degrees of Like

Le Cercle Rouge
Claire’s Knee
Deep End
Five Easy Pieces
Gimme Shelter
The Go-Between
The Hart of London
The Honeymoon Killers
Incident at Blood Pass
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
A Swedish Love Story
El Topo
The Twelve Chairs
Zabriskie Point


Varying Degrees of Hate

The Ballad of Cable Hogue


Some Notable Films In The Middle

7 Plus Seven
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Le Boucher
Heroic Purgatory
Landscape After Battle
There Once Was a Singing Blackbird
Zorn’s Lemma


Uncharted Territory

Airport, The Aristocats, Brewster McCloud, Case for a Rookie Hangman, Catch-22, The Eel, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Kelly’s Heroes, Little Big Man, Love Story, Multiple Maniacs, The Out-of-Towners, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Railway Children, Rio Lobo, Ryan’s Daughter, Scrooge, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Trash, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Watermelon Man, Why Does Herr R. Run Amok?, Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo


3 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 1970”

  1. JamDenTel said

    CATCH-22 and LITTLE BIG MAN are both wonderful films, and the former is especially underrated. I highly recommend them both.

    I have nostalgic fondness for THE ARISTOCATS, THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, and TORA! TORA! TORA!, but objectively they’re 7s at best.

    RYAN’S DAUGHTER and WATERMELON MAN are interesting films (and RYAN’S is probably better than it generally gets credit for being), but not totally successful ones.

    To your Uncharted Territory list I’d suggest adding Jan Kadar’s THE ANGEL LEVINE. A lovely little film (one of the few times Zero Mostel got to show off his range) that has never received anything like the attention it deserved…in my opinion, at least.

    • All duly noted! I should probably add Ryan to my watchlist, since I’ve seen (and liked) almost everything else by Lean.

      • JamDenTel said

        I think (and this based off one viewing several years ago), that it’s a really misunderstood film. The narrative is on the thin side, but I think Lean might have been trying for a more meditative, more visual, less narratively driven style of film than before. Proto-Malick, you might say. Also, Robert Mitchum.

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