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Vanishing Point: ‘70s Directors Today

By: Paolo Cabrelli
2007-08-23



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Posted 08/23/2007 - 10:24:32 AM by woowei:
 Interesting piece and a good read. I will have to track down some of these films. An excellent aid to get me through the morning.
 
Posted 08/23/2007 - 12:46:03 PM by mulatschag:
 FIVE Days of the Condor? Is there a sequel that I missed?
 
Posted 08/23/2007 - 12:54:53 PM by ChrisP:
 Really good article, although I'm not sure you can class Coppolla, and Allen as having found success after failure, seems the failure just keeps on coming for them. Would be good to see a companion piece about actors of the same generation who've burnt out or gone AWOL. Enjoyed reading this a lot.
 
Posted 08/23/2007 - 02:35:29 PM by Zebcoz:
 Some great calls here--Electra Glide in particular is a real overlooked gem. That last scene surpasses Easy Rider in my book. Roeg seems a bit out of place in an otherwise US-centered essay, though. In his place I'd nominate Peckinpah and Ashby--granted, their careers were killed by death, but I don't think their respective final features left much doubt that the 80s would have reduced them to depressing hackitude. Sidney Lumet might also fit, though his post-1982 output hasn't been entirely terrible. But know whose has? Paul Mazursky. That guy is like the ICON of enfeebled former 70s auteurs.
 
Posted 08/23/2007 - 02:37:50 PM by Zebcoz:
 Oh yeah, I also take some exception to the Friedkin section. Cruising deserves--and I think is about to receive--one massive critical revaluation, and To Live and Die in L.A. is as good, if not better than The French Connection. Also, his latest film is Bug, which, while far from great, is solid enough, and his best work since Rampage.
 
Posted 08/24/2007 - 01:08:12 PM by karlkafka:
 I thought this was a great article, but there should've been more focus on the movies and less focus on the career of the director. It seemed like you merely mentioned the movies that the directors made so you could go on to talk about the general arc of their career, when really, who gives a shit? After you've hooked me by getting me interested in their movies, then maybe I'd be interested in hearing about their career. Overall, though, I loved the depth of this article and just the sheer amount of movies mentioned. More in depth movie articles like this would be great.
 
Posted 08/28/2007 - 12:19:13 PM by Zebcoz:
 I was listening to Spoon on my commute to work today, and when "Sister Jack" came on this article leapt to mind and I wondered if Bogdanovich's Saint Jack had mentioned. It wasn't--one demerit there!