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Killer of Sheep (1977)

Directed, written, produced by Charles Burnett. Cast: HenryGayle Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, EugeneCherry, Jack Drummond. This gripping portrait of Stan, a Black manemployed in a Los Angeles slaughterhouse, is internationallyregarded as a film classic. Stan's grueling work--gutting andcleaning the sheep carcasses--infects his entire life, includinghis relationships with his wife, children and friends. The filmhauntingly evokes the physical detail and bittersweet emotions ofworking class life with compassion and honesty. Declared a NationalTreasure in 1990.

Lacombe Lucien (France / West Germany / Italy, 1974)

Directed by Louis Malle. Cast: Pierre Blaise, Aurore Clement, Holger owenadler, Therese Giehse. Louis Malle's film brilliantly relates the story of a young opportunist French peasant who joins the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation. Despite being a collaborator he falls in love with the daughter of a Jewish tailor, with profound effects on her family. A subtle, complex tale of guilt, innocence and the amorality of power. 132 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Director, Sidney J. Furie. Cast: Diana Ross, Billy DeeWilliams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton. Presents a film biography ofthe life of Billie Holliday, the performer known as "Lady Day", oneof America's most loved and memorable blues singers. 144 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Barrett, Lindon. "'In the Dark': Billie Holidayand Some Sights and Sounds of American Value."Callaloo 13 (4): 872-85. 1990 Fall.

Le Dernier tango à Paris (Last Tango in Paris; Ultimo tango a Parigi) (Italy / France, 1972)

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Cast: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti, Jean-Pierre Leaud. An American widower in Paris, desolate at the unexplained suicide of his wife, plunges into an erotic affair with a young French girl half his age with tragic consequences. 131 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database. Banned in Montgomery, Alabama and Shreveport, Louisiana, 1973. Found obscene by a district court, the ruling was later reversed by the State Supreme Court.

Le Grande Bouffe (France / Italy, 1973)

Directed by Marco Ferreri. Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret, Ugo Tognazzi, Andrea Ferreol, Solange Florence, Blondeau Giorgetti, Michele Alexandre, Monique Chaumette. Four world-weary middle-aged men decide to gorge themselves to death in one final orgiastic weekend full of gourmet food, call girls, and a hefty, lusty schoolteacher. Special DVD feature: Excerpt from the documentary "Marco Ferreri: the director who came from the future." 130 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Little Laura & Big John (1973)

Directed by Luke Moberly. Cast: Fabian Forte, Karen Black, Ivy Thayer, Paul Gleason. Based on a true story, features an action-packed depiction of the John Ashley gang and their exploits running liquor and robbing banks in search of the good life. The wave of crime covers south Florida during the prohibition years of the roaring '20's. The plot centers around the desperate love between two people destined for destruction. Based on a story by Philip Weidling. 82 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

M*A*S*H (1970)

Director: Robert Altman. Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall. Highlights the outrageous antics of three skilled young surgeons drafted from civilian life and assigned to a unit of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. 117 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Mandingo (1975)

Directed by Richard Fleischer. Cast: James Mason, Susan George, Perry King, Richard Ward, Brenda Sykes, Ken Norton. Based on a best-selling novel, this film moves beyond the sentimentalized South of other films with uncompromising honesty and realism to show the brutalizing nature of slavery, which made victims of both owner and slave. The story centers on a slave owner who buys a new slave at auction hoping to bring in money by training him to fight his other slaves.

Marathon Man (1976)

Directed by John Schlesinger. Featuring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane, Marthe Keller. Hoffman plays the likeable Columbia graduate student and marathon runner of the title, unwittingly trapped in a terrifying drama revolving around a murderous Nazi fugitive. 125 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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