Revisiting

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE EIGHTIES: #29

By John H. Foote 29. MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (1984) This gentle love story between two people, countries and their ways of life as they integrate into America was directed by Paul Mazursky, who gave audiences the superb An Unmarried Woman (1978) and eventually Enemies – A Love Story (1989). For me, Mazursky knocked it…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE SEVENTIES: #4

By John H. Foote 4. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975) Breathtaking. That word best describes the purity of Jack Nicholson’s mesmerizing performance as R. P. McMurphy in Milos Foreman’s superb film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, adapted from the Ken Kesey novel. Nicholson was never better, and let’s be clear he has…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF THE SEVENTIES: #7 (TIE)

By John H. Foote 7. NETWORK (1976) Sidney Lumet’s lacerating black comedy Network, which is also a cautionary film about the power of television, seemed to see far into the future with blistering clarity, exploring how reality programming took over television. The fictitious UBS Network rests firmly behind ABC, CBS and NBC and struggles to…