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1970-1979

Coonskin (1975)

Written and directed by Ralph Bakshi. This outrageous,original film about the status of blacks in America istold with live-action and animation vignettes, the bestof which are sly parodies of the stories from Disneyand Uncle Remus' Song of the South and Kim Basinger'sCool World. This allegorical tale follows the exploitsof a black rabbit who comes from the rural South to NewYork and ends up dealing drugs in Harlem. Released in1974, it was accused of being racist and withdrawn byits distributor within a week of its release. 90 min.

David (West Germany, 1979)

Directed by Peter Lilienthal. Cast: Mario Fischel, Irene Vrkijan, Walter Taub, Eva Mattes. Based upon a true story this film focuses on the everyday life of an orthodox rabbi and his close knit family trying to survive during the Nazi persecutions. It begins when David is a small boy in Liegnitz in 1933 and follows him to his escape in 1943 as one of the last Jews to leave Germany. Based on David: Notes of a Surviver by Joel Konig. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Directed by George A. Romero. Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross. The corpses of the recently-dead are returning to life and attacking the living, devouring their victims. Two members of the Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team and their friends land in a shopping mall occupied by the living dead. They secure the mall through brutal battles with the creatures, but can they escape both the bandits and the zombies? 127 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Day of the Locust (1975)

Directed by John Schlesinger. Cast: Karen Black, Burgess Meredith, Donald Sutherland, William Atherton, Richard A. Dysart, Geraldine Page. A naive young set designer seeks work in Tinseltown and falls in love with a wannabe actress who lives with her alcoholic father. This powerful presentation of Hollywood's decadence in the late '30s, is masterful in creating a world of platinum blonds, cockfights, self-delusion, killer ambition and broken dreams. Based on the novel by Nathanael West. 144 min.

Dracula (Andy Warhol's Dracula; aka Blood for Dracula; Dracula cerca sangue di vergine... e morì di sete!!!) (1974)

Written and directed by Paul Morrissey. Cast :Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Roman Polanski. Camp/cult star Udo Kier portrays a young demented Count Dracula with an obsession for virgin blood that could mean the difference between life and death. He leaves Transylvania for Italy, presuming his lecherous quest can be satisfied there. Upon arrival, he is befriended by an allegedly wealthy family comprised of four delightfully delicious and promiscuous daughters as well as their deceitful gambler of a father.

El Super (1979)

Directed by L. Ichaso. & Orlando Jimenez-Leal. A humorous and touching view of Cuban exiles living in a basement apartment during a snowy winter in New York. El Super is the story of Roberto, a superintendent, who dreams of his warm and friendly homeland, and stubbornly refuses to assimilate into the new culture. 80 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Exorcist (1973)

Directed by William Friedkin. Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair. A young girl becomes possessed by the devil and causes several violent deaths before she can be cured. 122 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Banned in Hattieburg, Mississippi, 1973. Reversed by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. Reversed by the Mississipi Supreme Court.

Female Trouble (1974)

Directed by John Waters. Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. The story of Dawn Davenport-- a headline-seeking criminal who grows from suburban brat into one of the most gruesome murderers of all time. Along the way this 325 pound transvestite checks out other jobs and ways of life. She becomes a mugger, prostitute and unwed mother before turning to murder. "Female trouble" is a campy, bizarre, sadistic romp through society's outer fringe. 98 min.

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Directed by Norman Jewison. Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann. Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.

Flesh Gordon (1974)

Directors, Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm. Cast: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Hunt, Candy Samples, Mycle Brandy, John Hoyt as Professor Gordon. In this popular outrageous spoof of sci-fi films, Earth is thrown onto carnal chaos by a mysterious sex ray emanating from outer space. Flesh Gordon, Dale Ardor and their new found friend Dr. Flexi Jerkoff, must travel to the planet Porno to save Earth from certain devastation by the mad Emperor Wang. 90 min.

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