UC Berkeley Library

1970-1979

Neighbors (TV, 1971)

Director, Fiedler Cook. Cast: Andrew Duggan, Raymond St.Jacques, Cicely Tyson, Jane Wyatt. Drama about race relations in anall-white suburban community that depicts the confrontation betweenan upper-class white couple and a black couple from Harlem who planto buy their expensive suburban home. In negotiating the sale, allfour learn a little more about each other-- and a lot about theirown latent prejudices. 60 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Paper Moon (1973)

Director, Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: Orphaned Addie is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray, who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie.

Paradise Lost (TV, 1971)

Director, Peter Bogdanovich. Cast: George Bartenieff, MacIntyre Dixon, Jay Garner, Cliff Gorman, Howard Green, Rose Gregorio, Sam Groom, Fred Gwynne, David Hurst, Dorrie Kavanaugh, Mike Kellin, Ric Mancini, Biff McGuire, Bernadette Peters, Sam Schacht, James T. Sloyan, Jo Van Fleet, George Voskovec, Eli Wallach, Marian Winters. Set in 1932 during the depression, the story unfolds in the modest two-family home of Leo and Clara Gordon as misfortune strikes. Based on the play by Clifford Odets. Originally broadcast on the television program Theater in America in 1971. 160 min.

Pennies from Heaven (UK, TV, 1978)

Directed by Piers Haggard. Cast: Bob Hoskins, Gemma Craven, Kenneth Colley, Hywel Bennett. Dennis Potter's television mini-series follows the adventures, mishaps, and yearnings of a traveling song sheet peddler living on a tight commission during the depression in England, as he tries to make dreams fit the promises of the lyrics he carries. 517 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Performance (UK, 1970)

Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg. Cast: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg. In this underground film presenting a study of the 1960's, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to hide after carrying out a hit. He finds the perfect cover in the form of a guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, an ex-rocker looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. 104 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Originally received an "X" rating; re-rated R in 1979

Pink Flamingos (1972)

Directed by John Waters. Cast: Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pierce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey. This underground epic, which breaks every rule of good filmmaking and good taste, set a benchmark for thebizarre that has never been equaled. Babs Johnson, a trailer park bon vivant proudly claims the title of the filthiest person alive. The envy of every neighborhood degenerate, it isn't long before another couple set their sites on Divine's legacy, and in the proud American tradition, competition forces each contender to outdo the other.

Roots of Blood (Raices de sangre) (Mexico / USA, 1979)

Director, Jesus Salvador Trevino. Director, Alfredo Ramos. Cast: Richard Yniguez, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Malena Doria, Pepe Serna. A dramatization of the Latino experience in America, chronicling the creation of an international union of garment workers in a Texas border town. A group of chicanos, known as "Barrio Unido", bravely struggle to bring to light instances of prejudice and brutality on the part of both exploitative businesses and the police. 137 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database

Short Eyes (1977)

Directed by Robert M. Young. Cast: Bruce Davison, Jose Perez, Nathan George, Don Blakely, Shawn Elliot, Miguel Pinero. An eloquent drama detailing the simmering hostilities and ethnic rivalries of prison life. When a convicted child molester enters the prison community his contemptible crime triggers the other inmates' barely repressed violence. They begin to act out their own perverted code of revenge while the prison guards look the other way.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Directed by Sam Wanamaker. Cast: Patrick Wayne, Taryn Power, Margaret Whiting, Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton. Sinbad, daring sailor and Prince of Baghdad, sets out to do battle with a Minaton, a bronze colossus, a giant troglodyte and other assorted creatures in a quest designed to win the hand of a beautiful princess. 114 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Snuff (1976)

Directed by Michael and Roberta Findlay. Cast: Margarita Amuchastegui, Ana Carro, Clao Villaneuva. A young man with similiarities to Charles Manson leads a gang of bikers in a series of supposedly real killings on film. The crucial scene where there is a simulated murder of a cast member was done as a marketing ploy for the film to claim it was genuine. To give it credibility, the producers hired fake protesters to picket theatres showing the film. "The film that could only be made in South America--- where life is cheap!" -- container. 80 min.

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