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116 R.P.M.

#1 Post by MichaelB » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:30 am

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R.P.M. (Stanley Kramer, 1970)

The films of director Stanley Kramer (Ship of Fools, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?) reflected social and political concerns of their time and tackled controversial subjects head on. The little-seen 1970 feature R.P.M., set amidst the turmoil of late-60s anti-war student protests, is no exception.

As activists seize control of a California college, a free-thinking, anti-establishment college professor (Anthony Quinn) finds himself in a precarious position when he’s invested as University President and must decide between restoring order or sanctioning a descent into anarchy.

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• Audio commentary with film historian Paul Talbot
• Interview with composer Barry De Vorzon (2018)
• Isolated music & effects track
• Theatrical trailer
• TV spot
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Jeff Billington, an overview of contemporary critical responses, historic articles, and film credits
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#2 Post by KJones77 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:20 am

This sounds pretty good but it seems to have little to no chatter about it online.

Has ayone seen it?

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#3 Post by Mr Sheldrake » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:20 am

I reviewed it back in 1970. I can't find the review but I'm pretty sure I dismissed it harshly. It was part of a mini-genre of campus unrest movies that included The Strawberry Statement and Getting Straight, also 1970. I re-watched both of those last year and found them interesting mostly as historical documents, although if you weren't a college student in 1970 (the year of Kent State) it might not have the same resonance.

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#4 Post by Vachel in Valdosta » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:22 am

I remember them as well but never saw any of them at the time of their release as I was only 14 or 15 and they were rated R. By the time I caught up with them in college they seemed hopelessly dated. As Mr. Sheldrake suggests they are of interest mainly as social/historical documents. I do recall that one critic described R.P.M. as "Stanley Kramer letting his hair down" and thinking this hilarious as Kramer seemed to always sport a vintage 50's/60's crew cut in every photograph of the period.

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#5 Post by domino harvey » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:46 am

Guess I'll have to finally watch my copy of this in advance of this release. To say I'm not optimistic would be an understatement, but I'm admittedly a little curious to see how Kramer's old school social liberal handles the late 60s youth culture's brand of leftism. And as far as 70s Kramer movies go, it couldn't possibly be worse than the Domino Principle

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#6 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:15 pm

It could be Kramer's Zabriske Point!

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#7 Post by knives » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:40 pm

domino harvey wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:46 am
Guess I'll have to finally watch my copy of this in advance of this release. To say I'm not optimistic would be an understatement, but I'm admittedly a little curious to see how Kramer's old school social liberal handles the late 60s youth culture's brand of leftism. And as far as 70s Kramer movies go, it couldn't possibly be worse than the Domino Principle
Maybe he should have gone by your last name instead.

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#8 Post by Vachel in Valdosta » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:22 pm

My memory of the plot details are somewhat sketchy but to add to the synopsis above ...
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...I believe Quinn's college prez rides a Harley and is having an extramarital affair with student Ann Margaret.
The screenplay is by Erich Segal.

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#9 Post by whaleallright » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:23 pm

the idea of a Stanley Kramer movie about the New Left —with Ann-Margret!—sounds totally grotesque and thus part of me really wants to see this.

funny enough, my undergraduate advisor was long working on a book about guys who seem essentially like the way the Quinn character in this film is described: New Deal era left-wing intellectuals in positions of authority at American universities in the 1960s and 1970s who have to figure out how to deal with—and crucially how to negotiate with—campus antiwar and other radical protestors to whom they're broadly sympathetic but whose disruption of campus life their new institutional roles can't abide.

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#10 Post by knives » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:32 pm

That description sounds infinitely better than what I imagine this could be. Too bad Phillip Roth is too busy being dead to write it.

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