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1972 brought pictures from Mars and women entering the Boston Marathon. It was also the year of Watergate and Jane Fonda in Vietnam. In the theaters were The Poseidon Adventure, The Godfather, Deep Throat, and Cabaret. Today we'll take...
1972 brought pictures from Mars and women entering the Boston Marathon. It was also the year of Watergate and Jane Fonda in Vietnam. In the theaters were The Poseidon Adventure, The Godfather, Deep Throat, and Cabaret. Today we'll take a look at a handful of flicks from that interesting year. Enjoy. NOW YOU SEE HIM, NOW YOU DON'T Sweet Lord, this movie is horrible. But this is what us seventies kids in terms of Disney movies. We didn't have Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, or instant classic Pixar films. Nope. We had live action Disney films like Now You See Him, Now You Don't and The Apple Dumpling Gang. Sure, there were a few animated flicks for kids, but they were few and far between . Thank God for Star Wars. Kurt Russell invents invents an invisibility potion (see his missing fingers he's dipped into it?). Unfunny hi-jinx ensue. This would've made for a great 80's teen sex comedy, but falls woefully flat as an heir to Flubber. Also stars Cesar Romero, Jim Backus, and Joe Flynn. Why in the name of all that is holy did they cast such old timers who seventies kids could give a flying shit about? They did this all the time, especially with the beach films (i.e. Beach Blanket Bingo). They were overflowing with celebrities 40 years older than the movie's target audience. Go figure. AVANTI! In Avanti!, Jack Lemmon travels to Italy to claim his father's body who was recently killed in an auto accident. Turns out, his father died with his mistress who was also in the car. While in Italy, Lemmon falls in love with his father's mistress' daughter played by Juliet Mills. There's been a lot of these type of movies over the years. You know the kind: the "square" WWII generation guy falling in lust with a young "free" girl. Think Blame it on Rio or I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. It's nothing more than aging man's wet dream on celluloid; and his fuddy-duddy-ness and her sexually free attitudes are always overly exaggerated. Director Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot) thought he was being daring with Avanti!, but by 1972, the idea of this sort of romance was a far cry from being taboo. Audiences were bored, and Wilder was disappointed. You do get to see Juliet Mills, the young free spirit, topless.... but you actually see more of Jack Lemmon! Yep. Lemmons tush makes several appearances. Juliet (sister of Haley Mills) is best known for her starring role in the TV series Nanny and the Professor. She has been quoted as saying Avanti! was the highlight of her career. BODY OF LOVE (AKA CORPO D'AMORE) A father and a son vacation together on a beach. They're having a hard time relating to each other until a beautiful woman (Mimsey Farmer) is washed ashore. The woman is alive but speaks a different language and acts as if she's shell-shocked. This is an artistic film; very slow moving with a surreal quality. In fact, I'm not quite sure if the girl was even real or not. There's definitely some symbolism going on here, but I'm just not picking up on it. I guess this is the sort of film that demands a discussion afterward, to figure out what the hell it all meant. Preferably this is done in a coffee house in loud obnoxious tones. I'll be honest, I didn't get it, but I could still appreciate how it was filmed. That being said, the son with the Jewfro was painfully awful. And there was something creepy under the surface that I just couldn't put my finger on. Was it the way they eyed the catatonic Mimsey? Was it the way there was almost an incestuous feel between father and son? I don't know, but it's certainly not for everyone. I will say, however, that Mimsey Farmer exudes a strange beauty that will simply rock your world. SEVEN BLOOD STAINED ORCHIDS (AKA SETTE ORCHIDEE MACCHIATE DI ROSSO) Once you watch a couple good giallos, you will be hooked for life. It's an acquired taste. They're basically a combination
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