movies of 1973

Westworld was great. So I drew some fan art of it, based on the original film’s poster with Yul Brynner, replaced by Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores. Awesome thing actually, she retweeted this artwork on Twitter.

This piece was massive, and it took a lot of time trying to figure out what to include and exclude, and how to do it. The orange and brown colour scheme, a very 1970′s palette, was swapped for the more futuristic/modern cooler blues of the season, with William and Logan replacing James Brolin and Richard Benjamin’s guests from the original. And so many other little things you may spot as you look closer and compare it to the original.



Quadrophenia (1979) is not an adaptation of the ambitious concept-album by The Who. Rather, it’s a stand-alone social-drama/youth movie that allows itself to be freely inspired by its soundtrack. The film played a big part in the mod-revival of the late 1970s, showing all the stylish bits of what it must have meant to be Mod in the mid-1960s, with great eye for detail: slim fit suits and tennis polo’s, Vespa scooters and big parka jackets, loud British bands and amphetamines, rebellion and rioting – it’s all there, in a careful and stylized reconstruction. Director Franc Roddam also leans on elements from 1960s kitchen-sink realism, for a style that also has an eye for the darker sides of the working class youth culture - the alienation, the boredom, the search for a sense of belonging. This makes Quadrophenia a great and sophisticated youth movie about both adolescent anguish and cool.

December 20 1973 - The ETA blows up Spain’s fascist prime minister and successor to Franco, Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco in what was called Operación Ogro. 

Operación Ogro (Operation Ogre) was the name given by the Basque liberation group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna) to its assassination of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, the Prime Minister of Spain, on 20 December 1973. 

Over five months an ETA commando unit using the code name Txikia dug a tunnel under the street from their rented basement flat in Madrid – telling the landlord that they were student sculptors to hide their true purpose. The tunnel was packed with 80 kg of explosives that had been stolen from a Government depot.

On 20 December, a three-man ETA commando unit disguised as electricians detonated the explosives by wire as Blanco’s car passed. The blast sent Blanco and his car 20 metres into the air and over a five-storey building. The car crashed to the ground on the opposite side of a Jesuit college, landing on the second-floor balcony. 

The gif is from a Spanish movie about the operation. [video]