Particularly with Bridges' encounter with the nude housewife and his conversation with Red about it afterwards, the movie seemed to be flipping conventional expectations of masculinity / heterosexuality on its head. There are other borderline moments that toy with mainstream masculinity, but that sequence of the film always stood out to me.
I remember seeing the film years back, hopping over to imdb, and mostly agreeing with this post : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072288/board/nest/31834225 . . . I don't think the whole film is as heavily coded as people in that thread tend to believe, but it feels more right than wrong to me.
Couple all that with Cimino's own ambiguous sexuality and "gay" subtext in The Deer Hunter*, and I think you've got something.
*It's been a decade since I've last seen The Deer Hunter, so I'm mostly trusting what I've read about the film in the years since. Yeah . . .
8. "It gets tons of hate" In response to Reply # 0
But I loved the concept, The French Connection II I thought was worth a watch. Not as great as the first but again great concept and Gene Hackman in the 70's was always great.
I also recommend Mean Streets McCabe & Ms. Miller (Godfather was on your list so I figure other period pieces were cool) Thief (Came out 1981 but has a more 70's feel to it) Gambling City (Italian) Rabid Dogs (Italian)
9. "only part i didn't care for was the ending" In response to Reply # 8
>But I loved the concept, The French Connection II I thought >was worth a watch. Not as great as the first but again great >concept and Gene Hackman in the 70's was always great.
they tried to re-create the chase scene in the first, and it just feels forced.
And the final shot of the film with Popeye shooting Alain doesn't really give any sense of closure imo.
> >I also recommend >Mean Streets >McCabe & Ms. Miller (Godfather was on your list so I figure >other period pieces were cool) >Thief (Came out 1981 but has a more 70's feel to it) >Gambling City (Italian) >Rabid Dogs (Italian)
^added to the que, thx
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10. "a few I didnt see mentioned already:" In response to Reply # 0
The Last Detail (more of a 'road movie' than crime flick but considering a crime and the orders given by a military court sets the whole thing in motion I'm counting it, maybe Jack Nicholson's most underrated 70s flick plus I believe the film debut of a shockingly young Randy Quaid) The Conversation (Hackman, Coppola, wire-tapping, more head trip than action flick but classic) The Getaway (Steve McQueen at his anti-hero, ho-slapping best......sidenote: Bullit is late 60s but also essential if you're a fan of the man's work)