Summer Film Series
Masterpieces of the 1970s
Film and discussion series
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.
July 15 - The Godfather (1972), "Popularly viewed as one of the best American films ever made, the multi-generational crime saga The Godfather is a touchstone of cinema: one of the most widely imitated, quoted, and lampooned movies of all time. It was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando), and Best Adapted Screenplay" (Karl Williams). Rated R.
July 22 - Jaws (1975), "Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water." (Lucia Bozzola). Rated PG.
July 29 - Network (1976), "A trenchant satire of "trash TV," Network seems to grow only more relevant with each passing year. Network won Oscars for Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay as well as for three of four acting categories -- Faye Dunaway for Best Actress, Peter Finch for Best Actor (in the only posthumous Oscar yet awarded), and Beatrice Straight for Best Supporting Actress." (Hal Erickson). Rated R.
August 5 - Taxi Driver (1976), "In Martin Scorsese's classic 1970s drama, insomniac ex-Marine Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) works the nightshift, driving his cab throughout decaying mid-'70s New York City. Released in the Bicentennial year, after Vietnam, Watergate, and attempts on President Ford's life, Taxi Driver's intense portrait of a man and a society unhinged spoke resonantly to the mid-'70s audience." (Lucia Bozzola). Rated R.
August 12 - Deer Hunter (1978), "One of several 1978 films dealing with the Vietnam War, Michael Cimino's epic feature The Deer Hunter was renowned both for its tough portrayal of the war's effect on American working class steel workers and notorious for its ahistorical use of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences." (Lucia Bozzola). Rated R.
For those who wish to remain, a discussion will follow each film.