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1970-1979

Sounder (1972)

Directed by Martin Ritt. Cast: Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield.Sounder is the heartwarming story of a black sharecropper family inLouisiana during the Depression. A father steals food for hisfamily, his wife provides love, security and strength while he isin prison, and their oldest son bravely becomes the man of thehouse until his father returns. Together they love and laugh,struggle and survive, and dream and hope of a more promisingfuture. 105 min. ;
Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)

Directed by Melvyn Van Peebles. Cast: Melvin van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, Niva Rochelle, Rhetta Hughes, Brer Soul, John Dullaghan. Presents the story of a professional sex-show stud who kills two white policeman who are beating up a black youth. Presents the story of a professional sex-show stud who kills two white policemen who are beating up a black youth. Directed by Melvin Van Peebles. 97 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Angel Levine (1970)

Directed by Jan Kadar. Cast: Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska, Milo O'Shea, Gloria Foster. A touching, humorous film about Morris Mishkin, an elderly Jew whose life experiences have left him an embittered agnostic. Into Mishkin's life floats Alexander Levine, a black Jewish angel, who must convince the old man that life has value else Levine will never earn his wings. 106 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (Canada, 1974)

Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctot, Randy Quaid, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott, Henry Ramer, Joe Silver and Jack Warden as "Max". Duddy Kravitz is an irresistible young Jewish man in 1948 Montreal driven by an insatiable desire to be a 'somebody.' He cheats, schemes and connives to buy a large parcel of land. He uses the girl who loves him, forges cheques and he lies and is enormously proud of his shortcuts. In his race for sucess, Duddy learns many hard lessons. Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler. 121 min.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (TV, 1973)

Directed by John Korty. Cast: Cicely Tyson, Richard A. Dysart.Presents the story of the long life of Miss Jane Pittman, who beganher life as a slave in the South and who marched for her civilrights in the 20th century at the age of 110. Based on the novel ofthe same title by Ernest J. Gaines. Special DVD features: "TheMaking of the Autobiography of Ms. Jane Pittman" documentary -behind the scenes footage; new interviews with Ernest J.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Directed by John Badham. Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James EarlJones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson. African-American baseballpitcher Bingo Long, tired of being jerked around by theless-than-ethical managers of the Negro League teams, forms his ownbarnstorming ball club. Though boycotted by powerful Negro Leaguemanager Sallison Porter, the Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars andMotor Kings flourish, gaining a loyal fandom with every new gameand cutting into the League's profits.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Directed by John Badham. Cast: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson. The adventures of an outlaw barnstorming black baseball team in 1939, who take on their own League's unfair rules as they steal cars, food and home base -- anything to keep their pitching and catching the best and boldest. 111 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Boys from Brazil (UK / USA, 1978)

Director, Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Gregory Peck, Laurence Oliver, James Mason, Lilli Palmer. A band of Nazi leaders, escaped from postwar Germany, scheme to return to power. Their plans to dominate the world are based on a bizarre biological experiment undertaken by Josef Mengele. Based on the novel by Ira Levin. 104 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Canterbury Tales (I Racconti di Canterbury) (Italy / France, 1971; dubbed into English)

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Hugh Griffith, Laura Betti, Ninetto Davoli, Franco Citti, Josephine Chaplin, Alan Webb. Originally released as motion picture in 1971. Based on the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer. Pasolini's startling candor and ribald humor illuminate these classic tales of romance, deception, murder and lust. 121 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Originally received an "X" rating for its nudity, sex scenes, and all-around ribaldry.

The Devils (UK, 1971)

Directed by Ken Russell. Cast: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin. This film centers on the staggering true-life dementia of events in France in 1643. Cardinal Richelieu and his power-hungry entourage seek to take control of seventeenth-century France, but need to destroy Father Grandier - the priest who runs the fortified town that prevents them from exerting total control. So they seek to destroy him by setting him up as a warlock in control of a devil-possessed nunnery, the mother superior of which is sexually obsessed by him.

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