CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the THIRD KIND (1977) Steven Spielberg’s mindbending look at the possibilities of visitors from beyond our planet took audiences to places they’d never seen before without ever leaving home. Stars are Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Francois Truffaut, and Cary Guffey. 135 mins.
PAPER MOON (1973) Depression-era tale about a con man who meets his match when he crosses paths with a streetwise kid with twice his smarts. Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, and Madeline Kahn. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. 102 mins.
HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) One of the decade’s most beloved cult films, Hal Ashby’s very dark romantic comedy about a troubled twenty year old (Bud Cort) who falls hopelessly in love with an eighty year old free spirit (Ruth Gordon) remains as fresh and provocative as it did then. Featuring the music of Cat Stevens. 90 mins.
BADLANDS (1973) Rarely does a first film from a director create such a dramatic impact. Terrence Malick’s debut chronicles the exploits of a pair of young lovers on a cross country killing spree. Based on an actual 1958 event, Malick’s film, once seen, is never forgotten. Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek and Warren Oates are the stars. 90 mins.
McCABE AND MRS. MILLER (1971) A beautifully nuanced Western, one that gloriously deglamorizes the “old West,” and gives us a haunting picture of outcasts dwelling on the outskirts of society. Directed with an amazing sense of place, by Robert Altman. Starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. 121 mins.
Roman Polanski’s devastating “neo noir,” a 1930s detective drama, demonstrates an uncanny understanding of the festering evil and corruption that lies just beneath the surface of where we live and who we are. Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston head the cast. 131 mins.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
During the final days of summer, 1962, a group of high school graduates grapple with the realities of their uncertain futures. One of the most influential films of the 70s, it hasn’t lost a single ounce of its wit and wisdom. Directed by George Lucas. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. 110 mins.