My Best Films of 1971

Out of 311 films seen. All rated 8/10 or higher.
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1.
Four Nights of a Dreamer (1971)
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The 'dreamer' is Jacques, a young painter, who by chance runs into Marthe as she's contemplating suicide on the Pont-Neuf in Paris... (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
2.
Walkabout (1971)
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Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
3.
Emitaï (1971)
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As World War II is going on in Europe, a conflict arises between the French and the Diola-speaking tribe of Africa, prompting the village women to organize their men to sit beneath a tree to pray. (103 mins.)
Director: Ousmane Sembene
 
4.
Love (1971)
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The wife of a political prisoner tends to her mother-in-law and keeps from the old woman the truth about her son, whom she believes is in New York making a film. (88 mins.)
Director: Károly Makk
 
5.
Out 1 (1971)
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"Out 1" is a very precise picture of post May 1968 malaise - when Utopian dreams of a new society had crashed and burned... (729 mins.)
 
6.
Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia (1971 Short Film)
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Frampton burning slowly his an nostalgia black and white photograph who his taken on a hot plate. (36 mins.)
Director: Hollis Frampton
 
7.
The Devils (1971)
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In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun. (111 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
8.
Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)
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Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same... (110 mins.)
 
9.
Fata Morgana (1971 Documentary)
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Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen. (76 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
10.
The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971 Documentary)
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Fred Hampton was the leader of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his... (88 mins.)
Director: Howard Alk
 
11.
The Last Picture Show (1971)
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In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically. (118 mins.)
 
12.
Interviews with My Lai Veterans (1971 Documentary)
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Interviews with five former American soldiers who were present at the March 16, 1968 attack on the village... (22 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
 
13.
Such Good Friends (1971)
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While awaiting the outcome of her husband's surgery, Julie Messinger discovers he has been having affairs. (101 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
14.
Quick Billy (1971)
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A montage of images of film making is followed by a silent western story. (56 mins.)
Director: Bruce Baillie
 
15.
10 Rillington Place (1971)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans. (106 mins.)
 
16.
The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (1971 Documentary)
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At a morgue, forensic pathologists conduct autopsies of the corpses assigned. (32 mins.)
Director: Brakhage
 
17.
How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman (1971)
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In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the Frenches and their enemies are the Tupiniquins... (84 mins.)
 
18.
WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
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A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored. (84 mins.)
Director: Dusan Makavejev
 
19.
King Lear (1971)
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King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him... (139 mins.)
 
20.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned. (136 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
21.
Two English Girls (1971)
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At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown... (130 mins.)
 
22.
Taking Off (1971)
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Unable to deal with her parents, Jeannie Tyne runs away from home. Larry and Lyne Tyne search for her... (93 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
23.
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
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A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. (120 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
24.
Just Before Nightfall (1971)
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Charles Masson, an advertising executive, is having an affair with Laura, the wife of his best friend... (106 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
25.
Punishment Park (1971)
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"Punishment Park" is a pseudo-documentary purporting to be a film crews's news coverage of the team of soldiers escorting a group of hippies... (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
26.
Death in Venice (1971)
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While recovering in Venice, a sickly composer becomes dangerously fixated with a teenage boy. (130 mins.)
 
27.
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971 Documentary)
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Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people... (85 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
28.
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
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A museum curator falls in love with a crazy parking attendant. (114 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
29.
The Emigrants (1971)
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In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden)... (191 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
 
30.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
31.
Narita: The Peasants of the Second Fortress (1971 Documentary)
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This important film compiles "Magino Story" footage taken by Ogawa for a period of more than ten years after he moved to Magino village. (143 mins.)
Director: Shinsuke Ogawa
 
32.
Minamata (1971 Documentary)
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A documentary about the plight of the victims of Minamata disease, which was caused by the ingestion of fish containing abnormal amounts of mercury released into the sea by a fertilizer factory owned by the Chisso company. (105 mins.)
 
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34.
The Last Movie (1971)
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A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas... (108 mins.)
Director: Dennis Hopper
 
35.
The Only Thing You Know (1971)
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A young woman bored of life with her parents falls for a slightly older man. When she finds that he doesn't fulfill her needs she falls for a free-spirited friend of his. (82 mins.)
Director: Clarke Mackey
 
36.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
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A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (102 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
37.
Company Limited (1971)
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Chatterji is an ambitious and self-made young man who becomes the director of the company he works for. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
38.
Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)
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An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes. (137 mins.)
Director: Shûji Terayama
 
39.
Appointment in Bray (1971)
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In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris... (90 mins.)
Director: André Delvaux
 
40.
The French Connection (1971)
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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. (104 mins.)
 
41.
Le chat (1971)
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Courbevoie (France), 1971. Julien Bouin, a former typographist, and his wife Clemence, who used to perform in a circus... (86 mins.)
 
42.
Macbeth (1971)
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A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. (140 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski