I’ve been in front of the old MacBook here for the last few minutes trying to figure out what I consider to be the very first “1970s movie”. I’m pretty confident I know which one was the last, but the first is tougher. Kubrick’s 2001? I say no only because it is a film that is such its own thing - nothing else out there quite like it - that I hesitate to put it in a particular category. Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? You laugh, but it was released in 1971, so there has to be something from 1969 or 1970 that beat it to the punch. Medium Cool? A good one - but that feels still more the 60s. So, I’m still searching.
But Kathy, Burk and their special guest, Jacob Pitts, chat all thiis and more on the latest Cinemondo extravaganza. Jacob is a huge fan of that decade in filmmaking and the crew really dive deep into their faves, and what makes a 70s film just that. In many ways, it was the golden age of filmmaking for my lifetime. After that decade, films became something else. Certainly, not necessarily better or worse, but just something else. The auteurs of the 70s — Malick, Cimino, Lumet, Scorsese, Coppola, etc — made the movies they wanted to make. That kind of stopped in the 1980s, except for the very biggest of the big (see S. Spielberg).
Jacob is a wonderful actor in his own right and you should check his work out - Justified, Eurotrip, The Pacific, Sneaky Pete. I’d like him to come in again so I get a chance to meet with him and tell him why I think the apex of 70s filmmaking is 1974’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, directed by Michael Cimino. Let’s hope that happens! - Mark Az