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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 20 Apr 2013 11:41
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20 From 72: My Favorite Films Of 1972

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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7
Another entry in the series of films known as blaxploitation, a burgeoning genre that was exploding onto urban city movie theatres during the early 70's.
TBH, even tho I had heard about these kinds of films as I was growing up, I never paid them much attention. It wasn't until the release of 1997's Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino's homage to the genre, that my curiosity was finally piqued. I really enjoyed JB and I liked the song that played at the end of it, so I decided to look it up. The song was Across 110th Street, which, since it was the title song to this movie, made me want watch the film as well.
Thus began a long personal quest of searching and viewing all the standard titles that came with the blaxpoitation genre (and then some).

Who knew that after I watched this film, what I would find Across 110th Street was an interest towards a genre of films that depicted the upstart street struggles of the Brutha Man against downtrodding machinations of The Otha Man.
People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

Ah, I have a real soft spot in my heart for horror movies that were made for the TV back during the seventies.
But because of the countless batch that were spawned during this decade, most were crafted from writers who seemed to have gotten their "writer's license" right out of the seventh grade,
very few are worthy of any kind of note.
However, there are a rare few that either stand out in excellence or are just such a part of my movie-viewing nostalgia, that I felt inclined to include 'em on these list of back-in-the-70's faves. The Night-Stalker is such a movie (which eventually would become a TV series).
Never too over the top, but just enough of a touch of camp, a few dabs of bad monster make-up and a pinch of seventies kitsch,
and this is a recipe that crosses onto the side of a fine line, to make it into my personal cache of warm happy childhood memories.
People who added this item 1063 Average listal rating (576 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
If you're like Paula Dean and have a passionate love for butter, this might be the flick for you.

Okay, let's get this part out of the way now...
This movies has alot of sex in it. And it's abrasive.
I mean, y'know, maybe not as much or as hardcore as other such controversial films of today, but for it's time, it had enough to raise more than just an eyebrow or two. Hell, it had enough to probably raise a few erections too.
But, whatever. The truth is, this is a movie directed by Bernado Bertolucci and starring the best actor living at the time. Two individuals who, between the two of 'em, bring a quality level of artistic workmanship and highest caliber acting to give such an emotionally raw picture such as this one it's reason for being. There's enough richness it's production and spacious room in it's storytelling that the viewer can make his or her decision on whether this Parisian tango is an erotic dance or just plain filth.

People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Jumping the gun and tying the knot, a young salesman quickly finds himself honeymooning in a beach resort immediately after his shotgun wedding. But after his neo-bride is self-quarantined with a bout of severe sunburn, he stumbles upon the woman of his dreams. And since, as the song goes, it's sad to belong to someone else when the right one comes along, the newlywed has to decide between being a devoted husband or becoming a heartbreak kid.

People who added this item 349 Average listal rating (234 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
The Getaway (1972)
The king of sixties cool teams up with the queen of 70's sappy corn (that one chick from Love Story) in a on-the lam action crime film, the Getaway.
In it, they play characters who are trying to...well, y'know....get away. Particularly from that one guy who go shot in the head in The Godfather.

After starring in one of the classic car chase films of all time, Bullitt, Steve McQueen finds himself behind the wheel of another fast and furious flick.
Oh okay, maybe it's not as fast or as furious as more traditional car flicks of this timeframe.
The truth is, all those responsible for fuelng this vehicle, McQ, Ali McGraw and even director Sam Peckinpah seem to have all their talents shifted in nuetral more than in first gear, thus preventing Getaway from matching the speed of it's 60's classic predecessor.
Therefore, while overall, it's not a bad film, the fact that it was released in the midst of a decade filled with a myriad of higher octane films, the Getaway may tend to feel a bit watered down.

People who added this item 182 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Lady Barbra teams up with that one guy from Love Story in a screwball comedy that's named after a wascally wabbit's most famous phwase.

After I put this movie on this list I realized that I hadn't put up any farce films since back from the 50's. It seems like either there very few made during the period between then and 1972, or just that I didn't find any of funny up until this point. Either way, it was refreshing to finally not only be able to post one up, but also, to see that the main stars of WUD? are two actors who developed reputations during this decade for being in more "serious" and/or sappy romance flicks.
And of course, there's only one way to end an entry for a movie named after a famous Bugs Bunny catch-phrase...

Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks.
People who added this item 176 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.3
Fat City (1972)
After a career that pretty much went nowhere, an aging boxer finds himself inspired to get back in shape and back in the game. But this ain't no Rocky sequel (or maybe that should be prequel since this came out several years before Sly ever put on the gloves). In the "reel" world, dreams rarely come true. Especially when the fight is outside of the ring and the opponents take on the form of personal demons.
Responsible for reigniting legendary director John Huston's career, Fat City is a film that is inspiring not so much in it's storyline as it is in it's honesty and uncompromised performances of it's entire cast of secondary type of characters.

Along with many fans of these early Bruce Lee flix, I was often confused with the titles between this movie and The Big Boss. While this one was regularly referred to as Fist Of Fury, Boss was known as Fists Of Fury. Adding to the confusion was the fact the Fists (plural) came before Fist (singular). For the sake of sequential sense, you'd think the the plural would come after the singular. But the truth is, this was all due to a mix-up that occurred in the translation during the distribution of these movies to the U.S.. So, nowadays, it's just easier to refer to these films by their original Chinese names. At least, fot me, it is.
But whatever you wanna call 'em,
the one thing that does not get confused is that both films contain fists that fly with the kind of fury that only the one true master of martial arts can dish out.

People who added this item 631 Average listal rating (364 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
I'm usually not a big fan of period pieces, but every once in a while, a petticoat or two does find a way to creep silently into one of my lists of film faves.
A dying woman in the 1800s spends her final days in a family mansion with her two sisters. Hopelessly trying to find some connection with her two siblings, emotional comforts seems to come only in the form of the hired help.
Even after dreamily returning after her death, when it comes to facing one's mortality, it's seems like strengthening the bonds between the family requires more that crossing interdimensional distances.

People who added this item 197 Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
Robert Redford takes his perfect good looks and tries to convince us that he is a mountain man who tries to live the solitude life of a hunter hermit.
If it wasn't for those pesky Indians getting in the way of his solitude.
Maybe if they would've had the internet back then, he could have spent his lonely existence coming up with inane lists and putting 'em up here on this site rather than getting into tiffs with the local natives.

People who added this item 146 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4

Back during 70's cinema, asians had a superhero who wore nunchakus around his neck and had raging fists of fury. His name was Bruce Lee.
On the Caucasian front, there was a superhero who wore a cape and could leap tall buildings with a single bound. And his name was Superman.
But in the black urban theater, they had a superhero who wore long pimp coats and had a plan to stick it to tha Man. And his name was none other than Super Fly.
Now he may not have had lightning fast karate moves or been able to shoot heat rays from his eyes,
but what he did have was thirty keys, a tricked out Cadillac Eldorado and one super sweet baddass soundtrack. All of that might not add up to the cause of truth, justice and the American way, but out on the streets, it's enough to make it if you're a Pusher-Man lookin' for a way to get out.

People who added this item 58 Average listal rating (26 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.5
At the same time that blaxpoitation was helping to express the feelings and experience of urban life, there were also other films in the early 70's that were helping to depict the black experience in America outside the gritty streets of the inner cities.

David, the eldest son of a family that's living on poverty level means already, has his life thrown into further desperation when his father is charged and sent away for stealing. Now, it is young David who must fill void left by his dad and learn the hard lessons of life in the South and what it means to be head of the family. Sounder, a coming of age story told during the Depression era, shows that no matter what color we are, we are all striving for the same things in life; to have a fair chance of raising and feeding our families, with the promise of, hopefully, a better future.
People who added this item 599 Average listal rating (376 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Frenzy (1972)
After sidetracking into a couple of different themes, Frenzy represents a homecoming, in more ways than one, for director Alfred Hitchcock.
Not only does the master of murder mystery return to London for the production of this movie, but also, returns to the genre that made him (in)famous.
A story about a serial killer who kills his female victims by strangling them with neckties, it is considered by many as the last great Hitchcock film (not surprising, considering he only made one more movie after Frenzy).

forget all those stupid Chuck Norris internet memes that you see running ridiculously rampant all over the world wide web. The reality is, his so-called brass balls could never hope to stand a chance against Bruce Lee's raging fists of fury. Let's face it, Chuck's milquetoast martial arts style is nothing but a mockery of a not so mortal combat. The truth is, there is only one true path to the style of the original oriental street fighting technique. And that way is through the path of the man known simply as The Dragon.

People who added this item 859 Average listal rating (542 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.9

Rafting down through the Amazonian jungles in search of the famed "Lost City of Gold" known as El Dorado, a scouting troop of conquistadors find that with the results of their mutinous rebellion on one side and the hidden dangers of the forests on the other,
both sides seem determined to put them face to face with the Wrath of God.

People who added this item 1211 Average listal rating (653 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Solaris (1972)

This film is an excellent example of what can happen when all of the effort of special effects is replaced with maximum effort into the script.
Definitely a thinking man's science fiction film whose intellect sacrifice none of the science nor none of the fiction.
The plot utilizes the fantasy element of the genre to delve intricately into themes of the psyche such as regret, love, pity, self-inflection and even the most monumental of these concepts, the justification of life and death. It does so with enough room to allow the viewer with no other answer other than the store of reflection which he or she carries with them into the film, before and after.
Despite an incrementally moving pace that many of today movie-watchers may at first be uncomfortable with, once you settle into it's richly layered rhythm, Solaris is a great film whose provocation of thought is as richly satisfying as is the grandest world-demolishing visuals of any other more explosive sci-fi extravaganzas.

Here's a little made-for-television Christmas flick only aired a few times during the early 70's that has since pretty much disappeared from public awareness. But never from my happy childhood memories.
While I try to keep only films that were released in movie theaters on these lists 'o' mine, every once in a while I come across a piece of TV cinema that's so good, that for me, it's quality ranks up there with the best of theatrical releases.
The House Without A Christmas Tree is an excellent example of this.
Featuring Jason Robards in one of his best roles (IMO, at least) and a nice little acting performance from child actor Lisa Lucas.

People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (253 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Back in the 70's, before there was James Cameron's Titanic, when it came to disaster filx, this sea-themed tradgedic tale of cinematic epicness was the first king of the world. The movie-world, that is.
And it didn't need a Celine Dion song to make it so, either.
(However, now that I think about, this did have a successful Maureen McGovern hit song attached to it, didn't it....?)

Actually, in the midst of the tsunami of disaster flicks that were battering the movie theater screens at the time, The Poseidon Adventure was a prime example of just how good these types of films could be. While a few movies of this genre were decent enough, the truth was, most of 'em, particularly the sequels, were either rushed thru production or just plain bad. This one however, provided a story that took "advantage of the situation" and actually explored the individual make-ups of the characters and showed the lengths of heroism or the depths of desperation that each of the different personalities can go through during such a cataclysmic event.
People who added this item 944 Average listal rating (613 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
And speaking about movies with a disaster lurking in the water,
in Deliverance, the boat might not be as a big as in the Poseidon Adventure, and the white capped waters of the rapids might not be as vast as the Atlantic Ocean,
but, when you look at the end result of what transpires for the characters in this film, the results are almost as cataclysmic. Just on a more individual, more "intimate" level.

People who added this item 6309 Average listal rating (4315 ratings) 8.7 IMDB Rating 9.2
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather isn't just my favorite film of 1972, it's also my favorite film of all time.

But before I go into why this movie, to me, is the godfather of all Godfather movies, lemme first tell y'all about one of the times when I first realized just how much this film had ingrained itself in my very being had to do with one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. It was Vito Corleone's "...And that I do not forgive" speech which he gives during the meeting with the various top family leaders. I always thought that people who memorized large chunks of dialogue from movies as a way of entertaining and impressing others, were just huge nerds. Then one time, on a date, I found myself actually reciting this entire speech to the young lady whom I was with. Til then, I didn't even realize that my mind had subconsciously memorized it.
It's amazing the things one can find out about one's self when they're trying to get into a girl's pants.*

*(BTW, I was young. I didn't realize at the time what it took to impress the ladiez....)

Anyways, I could go on and on with why I agree with so many people of why this is such a great movie, but instead, I'll do a top ten within a top twenty.

Top 10 reasons why I think The Godfather is such a great film:

10. The late great John Cazale.
An actor who in his short film career, never starred in any movie rated less than an A+.

9. Marlon Brando is back with a performance uniquely his own.
Reportedly, at the time, his career was seriously on the wane. But then Fate steps in and hands him a role of which would become one of the most iconic in film history.

8. James Caan. IMO, his best performance ever and the best character in the movie.

7. All the "oranges=death/violent act" scenes.
Many were impressed the way directors like M. Knight Shamalamadindong with the color red or Quentin Tarantino with scenes of John Travolta in the toilet, used tools of clues for the audience, to give 'em hints on what's coming up in future scenes. But Coppola had already perfected in this style of storytelling in this series

6. Apollonia!!!

5. Vito Corleone's "...And that I do not forgive" speech during the meeting of the criminal masterminds.
I always thought that people who memorized large chunks of speeches in movies as a way of entertaining and impressing others were nerds. Then one time, on a date, I found myself actually reciting this entire speech to the young lady whom I was with. And I didn't even realize that my mind had subconsciously memorized it. It's amazing the things one can find out about one's self when they're trying to get into a girl's pants.

4. Lines like "Sleeping with the fishes" or " Time to take out the mattresses", phrases that have since become part of the lexicon of popular culture.

3. Sonny's death scene.

2. The theme song.
One of those rare times when the music is so tied with the film, that whenever I hear it, I instantly get in the mood to watch the trilogy (yes, even the third installment. Which, even though I don't find matching in quality with its predecessors, I still tend to disagree with the public opinion on this. IMO Godfather-3 IS a quality film. B#tchez. ).

1. Francis Ford Coppola's masterful use of foreshadowing.
Example: When Luca Brasi (the guy who ends up sleeping with the fishes) goes to make a deal with the rival crime-family, he walks thru a glass door that leads to the bar where his fate will become sealed. As the door closes, the scene is shot looking at Luca from behind, setting up the shot to so that you will notice the fish designs that have been engraved into the glass and it will visually give the impression that the fish are surrounding Luca's body.
Simply awesome.

Okay, it's 1972 and here are my favorites....
You can tell that I got a pretty well-rounded sense of satisfaction out of the movies that I watched from this particular year in that this is a list that includes many of the types of genres that would eventually become synonymous with cinema of the 70's. We got some blaxploitation, some made-for-tv movies, a kung fu flick, a farce, a road picture, a couple of acclaimed foreign faves, a disaster film, and of course, what would a list of early 70's cinema be without at least one or two sodomizing homo hillbillies...

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