About ten or twelve years ago I was at a party with a handful of film students from a well-known, ridiculously expensive university in New York. We were discussing the history of American cinema, and what I found alarming was that quite a few of them spoke of Mean Streets (the source of last week's quiz) as the first truly important American film in all of history. Sure, they recognized the role played by a handful of earlier films (the obvious ones) but they considered Scorsese's 1973 masterpiece as the first American film that was an uncompromising personal vision, but also commercial. (It's influence on Reservoir Dogs was also noted.) I wish I was making this up.
The alt-text clue threw quite a few of you, with many guesses of one Robert Blake film or another. Of course the Blake in Mean Streets is William, he of "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright" fame, which of course is recited in the film.
This week -- another image from the same mean streets. This one's a bit harder, for it's not a credit sequence that typically jumps to mind, but it's damn good. There are a few visual clues to help date the film, but it's still a tough one. Oh...can anybody make sense of the line above A Star is Born? Looks like Tina (or Stina?) in The Big Thing -- but there's no such film that I can find. A porno perhaps? Submit your answers to this address. Good luck!