Yes, it was a tacky decade, filled with leisure suits, toe socks, and shag carpets. But as far as movies were concerned, the ‘70s were a golden age of good taste. With the studio system apparently gasping its last gasp, a new breed of maverick directors –with names like Scorsese, Coppola, Mazursky, and Polanski- found themselves enjoying unprecedented creative freedom. For the first time, truly adult material was making its way on screen, with movies about grown-ups being made for grown-ups. Of course, it was also the decade that invented the Event Movie (ground zero being Steven Spielberg’s Jaws), but then, that’s the story for the next decade.
September 24, 1999
Jack Nicholson shows off his Carnal Knowledge.