Video: 'Dirty Harry' trailer
(Wednesday, December 22, 1971) — Dirty Harry, a film about a San Francisco cop (Clint Eastwood) with little regard for rules (but who always gets results) while tracking down a serial killer who snipes at random victims, opened today at the Loew’s State 2 and Loew’s Orpheum theaters in New York City.
Produced and directed by Don Siegel, the crime thriller launched the Dirty Harry film series about fictional San Francisco Police Department Homicide Division Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan.
Video: 'Harold and Maude' trailer
(Monday, December 20, 1971) — Harold and Maude, a film about a young man intrigued with death (Bud Cort) who develops a relationship with an old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon), opened today at the Coronet in New York City.
Directed by Hal Ashby, the dark comedy is ranked number 45 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.
Video: 'A Clockwork Orange' trailer
(Sunday, December 19, 1971) — A Clockwork Orange, a film about a charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) who volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem, opened today at the Cinema I in New York City.
Written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, the film features disturbing, violent images, facilitating its social commentary on psychiatry, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian, future Britain.
Video: 'Diamonds Are Forever' trailer
(Tuesday, December 14, 1971) — Diamonds Are Forever, the sixth and final Eon Productions film to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, opened today in West Germany, three days before it opened in the U.S.
The story has Bond impersonating a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and soon uncovering a plot by his old nemesis Blofeld to use the diamonds and build a giant laser.
Video: '200 Motels' trailer
(Wednesday, November 10, 1971) — 200 Motels, a musical surrealist film co-written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer and starring The Mothers of Invention, Theodore Bikel and former Beatle Ringo Starr, opened today at the Plaza Theater in New York.
The film covers a loose storyline about The Mothers of Invention going crazy in the small town Centerville.
Video: 'Fiddler on the Roof' trailer
(Thursday, October 21, 1971) — Fiddler on the Roof, a musical about a poor Jewish peasant in pre-revolutionary Russia who must contend with marrying off his three daughters while anti-semitic sentiment threatens his home, premiered today at a benefit screening in Amsterdam (it would open in New York on Nov. 3, 1971).
The film was directed by Norman Jewison and starred Topol, Norma Crane and Leonard Frey.