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MOVIE HISTORY


1970-1979

    1970
  • Altman's M.A.S.H.
  • Wadleigh's Woodstock sets a new style for concert musicals
  • Sony sells Portapak half-inch portable videotape system. Video movement begins

    1971
  • Bananas marks the feature film debut of Woody Allen. Its also the debut of Sylvester Stallone.
  • Cable television continues its rapid expansion, showing Hollywood movies without commercials

    1972
  • The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Cann. It becomes the most profitable film to date
  • Marlon Brando makes one of the most controversial films, Last Tango In Paris. It is one of the few X-rated films to be critically acclaimed.
  • Home Box Office (HBO) becomes the first premium pay cable station.

    1973
  • American Graffiti, directed by George Lucas becomes a launching block for stars Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Bob Hopkins, Paul Le Mat and Susan Sommers.
  • The Exorcist marks renewed interest in horror and shock effects in film
  • To maximize profits from weekend audiences, the industry decide to move major film opening from mid-week to fridays.

    1974
  • Steven Speilberg makes his directorial debut with The Sugarland Express.
  • In Canada, Oliver Stone debuts as a director in Seizure.
  • The Towering Inferno, marks the first time that two studios, Fox and Warner Brothers, collaborated on a film. The movie opens the door to disaster films.
  • Mel Brooks makes his first satirical comedy, Blazing Saddles.
  • MGM opts out of the film business, sells studio, sets, and costumes.

    1975
  • Jaws, directed by Steven Speilberg, stars Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, and Roy Scheider. It breaks all box-office records and begins the summer blockbuster trend.
  • One Flew Over the Cockoo's Nest, directed by Milos Forman, stars Jack Nicholson, becomes the first film since 1934 to win the top five Oscars.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show becomes an immediate cult hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Altman's Nashville released
  • Dolby film sound system introduced
  • Sony markets home videotape Betamax system with a sales price of $2000.
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA) is founded my Michael Ovitz. They begin "packaging" talent for movies and will soon help cause the increase in movie costs.

    1976
  • The Rocky dynasty begins, directed by John G. Avildsen; all sequels directed by Sylvester Stallone.
  • Taxi Driver, directed by Martin Scorsese, stars Robert de Niro, Cybil Shepard, Harvey Keitel and the teen-aged Jodie Foster.
  • Paramount becomes the first studio to release its film library onto Betamax.
  • JVC and Matsushita begin selling VHS systems.

    1977
  • Star Wars, directed by George Lucas, revolutionizes science fiction and special effects.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind, directed and written by Steven Speilberg.
  • Grand Theft Auto, Ron Howard's directorial debut.
  • Critical and commercial success of Woody Allen's Annie Hall.
  • Saturday Night Fever, stars John Travolta, and begins huge Disco music trend.

    1978
  • Superman, directed by Richard Donner, starts comic book film trend.
  • La Cage aux Folles, directed by Edouard Molinaro, becomes huge French hit.
  • Grease becomes one of the biggest grossing musicals ever

    1979
  • The China Syndrome foreshadows events at Three Mile Island several weeks before the actually occur.
  • Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now is finally released
  • Miramax films, independent distributor, founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein



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