The 45th Academy Awards - 1973
45th Academy Awards
Forty-five years of Academy Awards. Another year to review and revere whether for the story content or the cinematography, each Award winner is one to be seen. We may not agree some choices are the best of the year, but we know someone chose them as the top films.
The most memorable thing about the 45th Academy Awards was Marlon Brando's boycott of the Awards. He sent Sacheen Littlefeather to explain why he would not show up to collect his award. A bold move, one seen by many as a slap in the face to the Academy. The reason for his rejection as read by Sacheen:
"I'm representing Marlon Brando this evening and he has asked me to tell you ... that he very regretfully cannot accept this very generous award. And the reasons for this being are the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry —"
Those present at the Awards were stunned and some even booed.
The movie for which he was nominated, The Godfather, is said to be one of the most acclaimed and beloved films of all time.
Tom Hagen: I have to get back to work. It's part of the wedding. No Sicilian can ever refuse a request on his daughter's wedding day.— The Godfather
James Caan played Sonny Corleone
Who hasn't seen The Godfather? Seriously? You don't know about the horse head in the bed? Oh my. You know there were two more right? From the book The Godfather, to the movie, and so much in between. The author of the book, Mario Puzo was a gambler who owed some money to some gangsters. He needed his book published to pay off his debts. At times it was doubtful the book would be published, but it was and it was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for sixty-seven weeks.
The Corleone family is reputed to be one of the biggest crime families ... certainly in film history. The opening scene is Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) daughter's wedding. Machinations begin here and continue throughout the movie.
I understand the real "Mafia" did not want this film made, but they were obviously unsuccessful. Obviously too much exposure.
The film follows the Corleone family through its rise to power as well as attempts to wipe out the Corleone family both here and in Italy. If it appears I am being vague there's a reason for that. You really have to see this movie to understand what happens. When Michael (Al Pacino) the free thinker, returns from the Marines, when Vito is shot and when Sonny (James Caan) advises everyone he should be the one to exact revenge, and so much more. If you haven't seen it, prepare for some violence and see it!
1972 - Facts and Favorites
Here's a real test for Baby Boomers, some now famous people born in 1972:
Brad Paisley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Maya Rudolph, Taye Digs, Jude Law, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck....feeling old yet?
What were you doing in 1972? Here's a few facts to jog your memory:
The 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Germany. The maxi dress was in and the first Star Trek Convention was held in New York City. Roald Dahl's book "Charlie and the Great Glas Elevator" was released. Remembering anything here?
Liza Minnelli in Cabaret
Completely on a different track from the Godfather, is Cabaret. A musical set in Berlin, following the relationship between American Sally Bowles (Liza Minnelli) and English Brian Roberts (Michael York). Twists and turns are accomplished with Brian's sexuality. He's not sure if he prefers men or women, and don't forget this was in Nazi Germany. He experiments with both and winds up with Sally. Then, Maximilian von Heune (Helmut Griem) enters and invites them to his country estate, where he makes love to both of them, at separate times, causing confusion in their relationship. Sally is faced with some tough decisions.
Joel Grey played the Emcee, just as he had in the stage version.
You may have heard some of the song, such as ""Willkommen (Welcome)", or "Cabaret". If you like musicals and/or Liza, this is a must see. If you're wondering if there's a happy ending, well, watch the movie.
Doctor: Explain this to me again. I didn't know somebody could shoot themself with their own arrow.— Deliverance
There's nothing like a thriller to speed up your heartbeat. Here's a movie where you are most likely familiar with the opening music scene, "Dueling Banjos". This is a dark movie, a trip into an unknown wilderness. Four businessmen (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox) take the canoe trip of a lifetime, one you wouldn't want to repeat.
The four split up into two canoes. The male rape incident is totally unexpected and needless to say, a dark moment. After murdering the rapist the men agree to bury his body and not tell the police, this is not the only body in this movie. A treacherous rapids ride leaves one of the men with a broken leg, and the others afraid some mountain men are following them. I'll let you see the movie to find out what happens to all of them.
Movies Nominated That Did Not Win
Michael Caine - Sleuth
Diana Ross - Lady Sings the Blues
Laurence Olivier - Sleuth
Maggie Smith - Travels with My Aunt
Peter O'Toole - The Ruling Class
Cicely Tyson - Sounder
Paul Winfield - Sounder
Liv Ullman - The Emigrants
More Movies From 1972
Usually the best movies are picked for Academy Awards, however, not everyone agrees with the choices. Sometimes people's favorites are overlooked or just down right ignored. Then there are the movies we can't figure out, the ones that make us scratch our head and wonder why they were even made. Either way, every year contains lots of movies to choose from, movies to scare us, movies to make us laugh, and movies we're glad we saw. Here are a few from 1972:
Last Tango in Paris
Play it Again Sam
Butterflies are Free
The Way of the Dragon
The Man from La Mancha
The Poseidon Adventure
What's Up Doc?
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Buck and the Preacher
Up the Sandbox
The New Centurions
Do you have any favorites in 1972?
While this isn't the most original title for a closing, it is what it is. In closing I have to say Jeremiah Johnson was one of my favorites! Robert Redford was superb as a Mexican-Amercian War veteran who decided to live in the mountains. Lucky for him he comes across a real mountain man who teaches him how to survive. He also finds a native bride and somehow angers the Crow Indians. Definitely worth watching.
On the other hand there is Ben. Nothing like a movie about rats to get you interested. When it was released it was a big deal. What boy doesn't have a pet rat? You need to see this to believe it!
I could go on and on, but now it's your turn to check out the movies you haven't already seen and leave some comments about the ones you have. I'm sure there's something here that will at least interest you even if it doesn't turn out to be your favorite movie of all time.
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