1970s Short Movies

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3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

The 1945 atomic-bomb explosion at Bikini Atoll becomes a thing of terrible beauty and haunting visual poetry when shown in extreme slow motion, shown from 27 different angles, and accompanied by avant-garde Western classical music composed for electric organ by Terry Riley.

Directed by Bruce Conner


3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

An ailing elderly woman is paid a perfunctory visit by her family while she sits despondently in a nursing home. Nobody can get through to her except for her young grandson, who talks to her about the happy times they shared between the two of them when she was well.


2.1/5 (with 3 votes)

This short follows Lennon and Ono as they take a hot-air balloon ride over snow-covered countryside.

Directed by John Lennon

Serene Velocity(1970)

2.5/5 (with 5 votes)

Serene Velocity stares down the center of an empty institutional hallway while shifting the focal length of a stationary zoom lens, transforming the basement corridor into a nexus of visual and conceptual energy.

Directed by Ernie Gehr

Christo's Valley Curtain(1974)

26min | Documentary
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Oscar nominated documentary about the largest man-made curtain in the world as "sculpture".

Board and Care(1980)

| 27min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Oscar Winning short film from 1980.

Directed by Ron Ellis

Dog's Dialogue(1979)

22min | Crime, Drama
3.5/5 (with 9 votes)

A charming tale of murder, perversity and narrative echoes told through shots of barking dogs and a La jetée-like series of stills.

Simon Simon(1970)

32min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A comedy short with very little speaking. Graham Stark and John Junkin have a new elevated platform to work with but still manage to get into lots of trouble. Lots of celebrity appearances.

Directed by Graham Stark - With Graham Stark

North of Superior(1971)

18min | Documentary
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The second IMAX film made, commissioned by the Ontario Government, and produced by MultiScreen Corporation, later to become IMAX corporation. North of Superior is a Northern Ontario travelogue, and was the first short feature to be shown at the newly created Ontario government theme park, Ontario Place, in it's state of the art cinema, Cinesphere, the first permanent IMAX installation.

Directed by Graeme Ferguson

Attack of the Helping Hand!(1979)

6min | Comedy, Horror
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

General Mills' popular Hamburger Helper mascot also known as Helping Hand or Lefty, a four-fingered, left-hand white glove, which appears on the product's packaging, comes to life in a woman's kitchen and tries to grope her and kill her.

Directed by Scott Spiegel - With Sam Raimi

Hospitals Don't Burn Down(1978)

24min | Documentary
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

A fire breaks out in a multi-story hospital in the middle of the night and a male nurse and a nursing sister save many lives during a fire in a major hospital.

The Solar Film(1980)

3.0/5 (with 2 votes)

Educational film about solar energy, told with striking imagery and animation.

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Puff, the Magic Dragon(1978)

3.1/5 (with 3 votes)

Jackie is a boy who is so trapped by his fears and doubts that he could not communicate with anyone. His condition is so severe that the doctors are giving up and the parents are losing hope for him to live as something more than a zombie. Then, a magic dragon named Puff comes to help Jackie by taking his soul force on a wonderous voyage to his island of Honah Lee. Along the way, they have adventures that nurture Jackie's imagination and courage in unorthodox ways. However, their arrival at Honah Lee is marked with horror as they see the land despoiled and desolate which leaves Puff powerless. Yet while trapped in his despair, Puff soons to his own astonishment just how well he has changed Jackie for the better as the boy responds to this tragedy in his own way.

Puff the Magic Dragon: The Land of the Living Lies(1979)

23min | Animation
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Sandy is a little girl with a penchant for whoppers. However, when her lies start go so far as to implicate the innocent for her own misdeeds, Puff decides to step in. Using his magic, Puff takes Sandy to the Land of Living Lies where everyone tells the most ridiculous lies and honesty is persecuted. Only when Sandy realizes the need for honesty can she help Puff escape this insane world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm.

...No Lies(1973)

16min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 5 votes)

A young filmmaking student turns his camera on a female friend as she gets ready to go out for the night...

Directed by Mitchell Block

A Different Approach(1978)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

An all-star educational film about the positive side of hiring people with disabilities. A board sit and watch the film Michael Keaton's character's assembled to sell companies on hiring the handicapped, which takes "a different approach" by combining several approaches--most of them suggested by Hollywood personalities.

The Shopping Bag Lady(2020)


Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who carries all her belongings around in shopping bags. This encounter eventually leads to the girl's understanding of the problems of aging and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of their place in society.

Directed by Bert Salzman - With Mildred Dunnock

Soldier's Home(1977)

42min | Drama

Harold Krebs went off to fight in World War I, "the war to end all wars." But when he comes home, Harold finds that he doesn't fit in any more. He needs peace and quiet to figure out what has happened to him and who he has become, but his mother pressures him to rejoin society.

Directed by Robert Young - With Richard Backus

Tiger Child(1970)

17min | Fantasy

It was the time when fire got stolen by tigers so uncle tiger gets his sisters son to get back the fire but when he gets to the village he forgets what his uncle wanted and he asks all the villagers to help him but he likes the village so much and...instead of being a tiger he turns into a cat.....

Directed by Donald Brittain

A Hole Lot Of Trouble(1971)

30min | Comedy
5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Three workmen assigned to dig a hole near a road for an electrical cable run into problems with local officials who believe the hole is being dug in the wrong place and should be closer to the home of a prissy fashion designer.

Squires of San Quentin(1978)

30min | Documentary

Oscar nominated documentary short from 1978.

Of Time, Tombs and Treasures(1977)

29min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The Academy Award nominated documentary short subject "OF TIME, TOMBS, AND TREASURE: The Treasures of Tutankhamun" tells the story of the discovery of the now-legendary tomb of the Pharoah Tutankamun. J. Carter Brown, Director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., serves as the on-camera host and takes viewers to Egypt to follow in the footsteps of archaeologist Howard Carter as he traces the clues to a hidden tomb in Egypt's Valley of the Kings.

City Out of Wilderness(1974)

28min | Documentary

Oscar nominated documentary short from 1974.

Children at Work(1973)

10min | Documentary

Oscar nominated documentary short from 1973.

The Tide of Traffic(1972)

28min | Documentary

Commissioned for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the film shows the mixed blessings of the automobile.

Directed by Derek Williams

This Tiny World(1972)

15min | Documentary
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

Oscar Winning documentary short about antique mechanical toys.

Somebody Waiting(1972)

24min | Documentary
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

At Corcoran Cottage at Sonoma State Hospital in California, staff try to improve the lives of intellectually disabled children.

Directed by Hal Riney

The Numbers Start with the River(1971)

15min | Documentary

Oscar nominated documentary short from 1971.

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