SHORTLIST VINTAGE FILM OF 1977

Star Wars

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

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Star Wars

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Star Wars cannot be summarized in a hundred words, not even in German (nor in Bocce, for that matter). Arguably the best $11 million ever spent to produce a film, Star Wars featured an unknown cast who acted out – with varying degrees of skill – a simply fantastic story against a backdrop of jaw-dropping special effects (which were, importantly, merely a backdrop rather than the main attraction). Some of the sequels were a bit like, well, kissing your sister – but the original was so good, we’ll forever happy to try the latest installment in the franchise for a long, long time.

Director: George Lucas

Starring: Alec Guinness, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Guinness - won); BAFTA award for Best Film.

Smokey and the Bandit

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Smokey and the Bandit

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Once upon a time, Coors beer was a contraband delicacy (not unlike Mexican Coca-Cola today) that was smuggled across borders (and even into the White House) by purists who craved the taste of its all-natural ingredients. Such are the cultural nuggets to be found in Smokey and the Bandit, a rowdy redneck romp loved by most critics and more than a million Facebook fans (it was also a publicly acknowledged favorite of the late, great Alfred Hitchcock). A mid-career hit for its established stars (Fields and Reynolds), it was the Pontiac Trans Am T-top that was boost into stardom by Smokey – after the film hit theatres, it started outselling the Camaro.

Director: Hal Needham

Starring: Alan Mandel, Burt Reynolds, Charles Shyer, Jackie Gleason, James Lee Barrett, Jerry Reed, Mike Henry, Sally Field

Major nominations on original release : None

Annie Hall

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Annie Hall

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Remember when aspiring artists could live comfortably on the Upper West Side, living an endless collegiate fantasy of cocktail parties filled with new, interesting people – and still afford fresh lobsters? Nor do those of us who moved to Manhattan after school (and ended up doing catering for these people), but that’s the charming fantasy of so many Woody Allen films, of which Annie Hall is the apotheosis: Life can be all about the pursuit of love and the well-placed bon mot. In this classic, Mr. Allen seduced Diane Keaton as well as the Oscar committee. Is it still the must-see film of 1977?

Director: Woody Allen

Starring: Carol Kane, Diane Keaton, Paul Simon, Tony Roberts, Woody Allen

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture (won), Director (won), Original Screenplay (won), Actor, Actress (Keaton - won); BAFTA award for Best Film (won), Best Direction (won), Screenplay (won), Actor, Actress (Keaton - won).

Slap Shot

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Slap Shot

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

When a factory closing threatens a small city’s prosperity, local minor-league hockey skipper Reg Dunlop (Newman) has no Kinky Boots-y aspirations of keeping the plant open – but he does have a clever plan to keep his Charlestown Chiefs in business, by giving the fans what they really want: more fights. In 20017, it was named the “best sports film of the past 50 years” by GQ – for a film written by a woman, quite an honor from a lad mag – but it’s up against some heavy off-rink competition for the 1977 VFA.

Director: George Roy Hill

Starring: Jennifer Warren, Michael Ontkean, Paul Newman, Strother Martin

Major nominations on original release : None

Suspiria

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Suspiria

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

If you like scary movies, this is quintessential giallo (Italian for yellow, like the pages of pulp novels), though the primary colour in this visual feast is red (if possible, see the eye-popping 4K-remasted Blu-ray version that came out in 2017). Suspiria tells the story of an American ballerina who begins training at a German academy, where a series of violent incidents, well, keep her on her toes. A reboot starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz and Tilda Swinton will be released in 2018.

Director: Dario Argento

Starring: Flavio Bucci Miguel Bosé, Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini

Major nominations on original release : None

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

When a married person takes up a new religion or self-help fad, many spouses play along and hope for the best. But when Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) starts obsessing about UFOs (he literally “sees the light”), his wife takes their three children and heads for…who cares: we never liked her anyway (if you want a Dreyfuss film about marriage, we nominated one of those, too [link to “The Goodbye Girl”]), and we’d rather see what Roy sees: a diplomatic visit to Earth by a giant, hovering Simon™ console from another galaxy. Classic sci-fi, with yet another unforgettable John Williams score.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Director, Supporting Actress (Dillon); BAFTA award for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Supporting Actor (Truffaut).

The Goodbye Girl

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The Goodbye Girl

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

An unwitting muse to a series of Romeos who leave her once they find success, single mother and washed-up dancer Paula McFadden (Mason) risks falling into the same trap with Elliot Garfield (Dreyfuss) – though, of course, they hate each other at first. While Dreyfuss really nails the “Holy cow!” look in another nominated film, Neil Simon’s script offered him a fuller range – humiliated actor, hippie, flamboyantly gay king, wannabe Bogart – that made him the youngest-ever Oscar™-winning leading man.

Director: Herbert Ross

Starring: Marsha Mason, Quinn Cummings, Richard Dreyfuss

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award for Best Picture, Screenplay, Actor (Dreyfuss - won), Actress (Mason), Supporting Actress (Cummings); BAFTA award for Best Screenplay, Actor (Dreyfuss - won), Actress (Mason - won).

Cross of Iron

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Cross of Iron

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

In 1977, could an English-language film about German soldiers fighting the Soviets in the middle of World War II draw much of an audience? No, it couldn’t. But 40 years later, many people still lay down their dollars and euros to watch the critically-acclaimed Cross of Iron – Sam Peckinpah’s only war film, which is more about the conflict between an enlisted man seeking honour (Coburn) versus an officer seeking glory (Schell) – and give it high marks.

Director: Sam Peckinpah

Starring: David Warner Senta Berger, James Coburn, James Mason, Maximilian Schell

Major nominations on original release : None

Pumping Iron

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Pumping Iron

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

Even for a Hollywood story, that the careers of “Terminator” Arnold Schwarzenegger and “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno were launched by a documentary is pretty unbelievable. And even though watching it won’t give you a six pack, Pumping Iron offers 85 minutes of valuable lessons in bodybuilding and trash talking.

Director: George Butler, Robert Fore

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco Columbu, Ken Waller, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Katz

Major nominations on original release : None

A Bridge Too Far

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A Bridge Too Far

Shortlist for Vintage Film of 1977

WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE 2018.

The third VFA nomination for a William Goldman script – and we mention him here because the cast of A Bridge Too Far features more stars than we can name while still leaving room to tell you about the film: It’s a historically accurate account of a massive 1944 Allied offensive against the Nazis called Operation Market Garden. If you don’t know how that ended, you could read a history book or instead watch this gripping three-hour epic starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Gene Hackman…we could go on.

Director: Richard Attenborough

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Dirk Bogarde, Elliott Gould, Gene Hackman, James Caan, Laurence Olivier, Liv Ullmann, Maximilian Schell, Michael Caine, Robert Redford, Sean Connery

Major nominations on original release : None