COMM 497Z: Special Topic - American Cinema in the 1970s
Fall 2007
Marty Norden -- norden(at)comm.umass.edu

Below is a list of films suitable for our course's oral report requirement. Please e-mail me a rank-ordered list of your FOUR top choices (1 = best) no later than noon on Wed., Sep. 12. If I don't hear from you by then, I will assign you to a film at random. Please note that the dates in parentheses that follow the unit titles are the dates set aside for the oral reports on films in those units.

This list that I've compiled is by no means comprehensive, and you are welcome to propose films that fall within these general categories. Also, be aware that many films cross genre boundaries (particularly comedies) and may fit into more than one category.


Westerns (Sep. 18)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), Bite the Bullet (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979), The Cowboys (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973), Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Little Big Man (1970), A Man Called Horse (1970), The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), The Missouri Breaks (1976), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), The Shootist (1976), Soldier Blue (1970)

Blaxploitation (Sep. 20 & 25)
Black Caesar (1973), Claudine (1974), Cleopatra Jones (1973), Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975), Coffy (1973), Come Back, Charleston Blue (1972), Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Drum (1976), Hell Up in Harlem (1973), Killer of Sheep (1977), Leadbelly (1976), The Legend of Nigger Charley (1972), Mandingo (1975), Shaft (1971), Shaft in Africa (1973), Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Super Fly (1972), Super Fly T.N.T. (1973)

Youth & teens (Sep. 27 & Oct. 2)
Badlands (1973), Bless the Beasts & Children (1971), Breaking Away (1979), Cooley High (1975), Harold and Maude (1971), The Harrad Experiment (1973), Harrad Summer (1974), I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), The Last Picture Show (1971), More American Graffiti (1979), National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Paper Chase (1973), A Separate Peace (1972), Summer of '42 (1971)

Cops, vigilantes, gangsters, & fugitives (Oct. 4, 11, & 16)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974), Bugsy Malone (1976), Death Wish (1974), Dillinger (1973), Dirty Harry (1971), The Don Is Dead (1973), The Enforcer (1976), The French Connection (1971), The French Connection II (1975), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather, Part II (1974), Joe (1970), The Killer Elite (1975), Magnum Force (1973), Night Moves (1975), The Onion Field (1979), Serpico (1973), Taxi Driver (1976)

Horror films (Oct. 18 & 23)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), The Amityville Horror (1979), Burnt Offerings (1976), Carrie (1976), Coma (1978), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Dracula (1979), Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), The Fury (1978), Halloween (1978), I Spit on Your Grave (1978; a.k.a. Day of the Woman), It's Alive! (1974), King Kong (1976), The Omen (1976), The Other (1972), Sisters (1973), The Stepford Wives (1975), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Comedies (Oct. 30 & Nov. 1)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), Annie Hall (1977), The Bad News Bears (1976), Being There (1979), Blazing Saddles (1974), Car Wash (1976), High Anxiety (1978), The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), Little Murders (1971), Love and Death (1975), Manhattan (1979) The Muppet Movie (1979), Murder by Death (1976), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Silent Movie (1976), Slither (1972), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), The Sting (1973), The Sunshine Boys (1975), 10 (1979), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Twelve Chairs (1970)

Conspiracy & disaster (Nov. 1 & 13)
Airport (1970), Airport 1975 (1974), Airport '77 (1977), Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979), Black Sunday (1977), Chinatown (1974), The Concorde -- Airport '79 (1979), The Conversation (1974), Earthquake (1974), Executive Action (1973), Jaws (1975), Marathon Man (1976), The Parallax View (1974), Piranha (1978), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), The Swarm (1978), Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Towering Inferno (1974), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)

War & military (Nov. 13, 15, & 20)
Apocalypse Now (1979), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Catch-22 (1970), Cross of Iron (1977), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Eagle Has Landed (1976), Johnny Got His Gun (1971), Kelly's Heroes (1970), M*A*S*H (1970), 1941 (1979), Patton (1970), Rolling Thunder (1977), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Feminisms (Nov. 20 & 29)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), The China Syndrome (1979), Head Over Heels (1979; a.k.a. Chilly Scenes of Winter), Hester Street (1975), Interiors (1978), Klute (1971), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Norma Rae (1979), The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), The Other Side of the Mountain, Part II (1978), Pretty Baby (1978), Starting Over (1979), 3 Women (1977), An Unmarried Woman (1978), A Woman under the Influence (1974)

Musicals (Nov. 29 & Dec. 4)
All That Jazz (1979), Cabaret (1972), Godspell (1973), Grease (1978), Hair (1979), Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), A Little Night Music (1977), The Little Prince (1974), Man of La Mancha (1972), Nashville (1975), New York, New York (1977), 1776 (1972), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978), A Star Is Born (1976)

Science fiction (Dec. 6 & 11)
Alien (1979), The Andromeda Strain (1971), The Black Hole (1979), A Boy and His Dog (1975), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Capricorn One (1978), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970), Dark Star (1974), Logan's Run (1976), The Omega Man (1971), Phase IV (1974), Rollerball (1975), Silent Running (1972), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), Sleeper (1973), Soylent Green (1973), Superman (1978), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Star Wars (1977), THX-1138 (1971), Westworld (1973), Wizards (1977)