Tuesday, August 04, 2009

American movies, 1970-1979

from Bill L. Norton's Cisco Pike (1972)

This isn't a great movie, by any stretch, but it is full of interesting people, and has that loose, lazy, wandering character-driven narrative and era-specific geographic snapshot setting I love so much. Also, a cast list that is a microcosm of 70s culture: Kris Kristofferson in his first film role (replacing Seymour Cassel, who decided to make something else instead), Karen Black, Gene Hackman, Harry Dean Stanton, Antonio Fargas, Warhol scenester Viva, Joy Bang, Roscoe Lee Browne, Severn Darden, Howard Hesseman, Allan Arbus (former husband of Diane Arbus), Lorna Thayer (the waitress in the famous chicken salad scene in Five Easy Pieces), and rare film roles from Doug Sahm and Wavy Gravy.

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