Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by antonkk, Mar 4, 2018.
Saturday Night Fever...not small town America but very 70's.
Already mentioned but Breaking Away would be my go-to. I didn't grow up in Bloomington but pretty close to that in a college town, and it perfectly captures life in that part of the world.
In this rare and virtually unseen film we follow the exploits of Leroy Mahoney (Alexis Kanner) as he settles in the country leaving behind a wayward life to work his land. With plot only provided as subtext, the simple story is a dramatization of a man and his resolve to live a quite honest life farming. Mahoney’s Last Stand has only appeared on Canadian TV and in particular remains neglected, forgotten even, with no release even on VHS.
'The Last Picture Show' and 'Badlands' are both excellent examples of rural America, but they take place in the 50s.
The documentary 'Harlan County, USA' comes to mind. It's a powerful movie about a coal miners' strike in Kentucky during the early 70s. It's shot cinema verite style, and really captures its place and time.
Thought of another, 'Breaking Away.' It's about a group of young guys just out of high school trying to figure out what to do with their lives, and a big bicycle race. Takes place in rural Indiana during the late 70s.
I was going to suggest this one.
1978 version of Dawn of the Dead.
Filmed at the Monroeville Mall in Monroeville, PA during the winter of 1977-78
Very dated to the time. Especially that mall!
35 miles from where I grew up. I've probably jumped in one of those strip pit lakes...
tons of low budget movies really capture something from the era--"Drive-In" is a good one
This is the one that I was going to recommend. It's from 1979 and was filmed in Bloomington, IN.
Movie is from 1974 but is set in 1948.
how about the original Jaws?
“Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmie Dean, Jimmie Dean” starring Cher, Kathy Bates, Karen Black and Sandy Dennis
“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
It's in the decade, 1970
There's been some really good suggestions, many I would of made myself. The best urban meets kuntry film I can recall is Burt Reynolds in Deliverance.
Here is a 1974 movie adapted from a book by Charles Willeford who is one of my favorite authors of noir fiction
From 1974 a movie from an Elmore Leonard book
Harlan County USA is at once the most moving and most demoralizing film made about the struggles of the last gasp of the US labor movement.
I was born in West Virginia and I can attest to the absolute accuracy of the portrayal of Appalachia in that film. The strength and dignity shown by people living in deplorable conditions on the cusp of abject poverty is an inspiration.
Having said all that, it is far from a Hollywood version of 70’s rural America and may be a little more realistic than what the OP has in mind.
If the OP wants stark reality then I’d recommend that film without hesitation to anybody interested in an old school cinema verite’ style or direct cinema documentary.
Badlands takes place in the 1950s.
This one takes place in the 1910s?
Spend It All (documentary on Cajun music)
I Spit On Your Grave
Slap Shot (1977) directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman.
While primarily a movie about bush league hockey, it takes place in a rust belt town during the 70s, and prominently features the automobiles and fashions of the time. In fact, there's even a brief fashion show.
Halloween for that matter.
A disaster drama will all kinds of 70's things to look at. Pay special attention to just about anything in the back ground.
While this is not rural or heartland you can observe many different things from the era.
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