You Like Me! (Actresses of the 1970s)

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Extension of some discussion on the Gene Hackman thread:

I Want My Liberace Record Back! The Gene Hackman Poll

Who were the decade's key actresses, the Pacino and Nicholson heavyweights? Or were they of a completely different magnitude through no fault of their own?

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:45 (two months ago) link

Faye Dunaway, obv

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:45 (two months ago) link

The discussion has had a strong American slant so far, but does not need to--Liv Ullmann for sure.

clemenza, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:46 (two months ago) link

I had forgotten that Glenda Jackson won two Best Actress Oscars in the 70s.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:47 (two months ago) link

I guess Helen Mirren didn't really hit her stride till the 80s.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:50 (two months ago) link

Catherine Deneuve made like two movies a year in the 70s but I don't think I've ever heard of one of them.

Tahuti Watches L&O:SVU Reruns Without His Ape (unperson), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:55 (two months ago) link

In terms of box office and overall cultural impact, Pam Grier belongs in this conversation for sure.

Tahuti Watches L&O:SVU Reruns Without His Ape (unperson), Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:57 (two months ago) link

I'll just repost what I wrote on the other thread here --

Faye Dunaway has to be in the running if we're talking about female actors in The 1970s. But that was a decade when the new era of Hollywood really pushed male actors to the extreme forefront, maybe it was the auteurism from male directors that did this but you wound up with a lotta one-sided male gaze going on. When you look at it from that point of view, it feels like a step back from what was going on in the 1930s and 1940s and 1950s.

Knowing full well of course that Hollywood was definitely not an ideal place for women in those decades either.

omar little, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:58 (two months ago) link

That does change a bit if we're talking international films, though I'm not sure how much

omar little, Tuesday, 30 January 2024 23:59 (two months ago) link

Diane Keaton, obvs.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:08 (two months ago) link

Jane Fonda had a pretty busy decade

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:09 (two months ago) link

Some of the most deserved performances came out during this period: Jane Fonda in Klute, Liv Ullmann in The Emigrants and Cries and Whispers, a lot of wonderful things from Ellen Burstyn, Lee Grant, Glenda Jackson, and Cicey Tyson.

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:11 (two months ago) link

Faye Dunaway is SO much of this decade yet essentially not a part of it. Joan Crawford called her the last movie star or something, which, I guess, means the only one with Crawfordesque ambitions to become THE star. And like a '30s star the iconic performances aren't many, right?

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:13 (two months ago) link

xp Gena Rowlands as well, though nobody became a heavyweight star in a Cassavetes film

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:13 (two months ago) link

Rowlands for sure! I can't believe I forgot her (include Ullmann too).

poppers fueled buttsex crescendo (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:14 (two months ago) link

Wanted to add Vanessa Redgrave, but it looks like she only did a handful of pictures in the 70's

The Devils (1971)
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Julia (1977)
Agatha (1979)
Yanks (1979)

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:19 (two months ago) link

Karen Black

that's when I reach for my copy of Revolver (WmC), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:25 (two months ago) link

I've always crushed hard on Jenny Agutter, not sure whether her body of work is sufficient for this conversation.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:53 (two months ago) link

Meiko Kaji is one of the most compelling presences in '70s cinema.

Great-Tasting Burger Perceptions (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 01:41 (two months ago) link

In terms of action/genre, Pam Grier is probably as obvious a #1 as Eastwood. (Sybill Danning is more '80s, right?)

One category that really interests me are the actresses--like Gould, like John Cazale--who were inseparable from the decade: Karen Black, Margot Kidder, Gwen Welles, Susan Anspach, a few others.

Delphine Seyrig had Daughters of the Darkness, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, The Day of the Jackal, India Song, and the one with the long title.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:31 (two months ago) link

Charlotte Rampling?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:43 (two months ago) link

Jennifer Warren was excellent in a few films, esp Night Moves and Slap Shot.

omar little, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:45 (two months ago) link

Put her at the top of that only-in-the-'70s list along with Karen Black (The Shining is technically 1980, I know).

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:52 (two months ago) link

Julie Christie, Sandy Dennis. Lee Grant is one of my faves tho she wasn't given the opportunity to do a whole lot.

Great-Tasting Burger Perceptions (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 02:53 (two months ago) link

Sissy Spacek

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:11 (two months ago) link

Talia Shire

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:32 (two months ago) link

Jill Clayburgh, Carol Kane

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 09:22 (two months ago) link

Romy Schneider! That run with Sautet is amazing, and then there's the bonkers Zulawski one.

Meiko Kaji seconded.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 12:07 (two months ago) link

Cybill Shepherd for Taxi Driver, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Last Picture Show, plus one of the decade's great flops, At Long Last Love; Hanna Schygulla for numerous Fassbinder films.

In settling on the decade's upper, most iconic echelon, I think I'd go with Fonda, Dunaway, and Ullman.

clemenza, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 13:43 (two months ago) link

Just to get all the names in here, Dominique Sanda and Mariangela Melato each had a moment in the '70s.

Josefa, Wednesday, 31 January 2024 14:02 (two months ago) link

Lots of French actresses.

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 14:09 (two months ago) link

Katharine ross? She worked more in the 70’s on lesser films than she did in the late 60’s so idk if she counts

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 14:13 (two months ago) link

Anne Bancroft, although the 70s was not her best period.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 14:38 (two months ago) link

In settling on the decade's upper, most iconic echelon, I think I'd go with Fonda, Dunaway, and Ullman.

lol, it was only a matter of seconds but I still spent way too long trying to remember the iconic '70s films of Tracy Ullman.

Great-Tasting Burger Perceptions (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 31 January 2024 14:51 (two months ago) link


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