Saturday, 23 July 2016

1972, Car spotting: La Rochelle, France

Front, left to right:
Fiat 124, Citroën DS, probably Opel Kadett A Caravan, Renault 4, Citroën Méhari, Ford (Taunus) 17M/20M RS Coupé (P7a), Opel Kadett B Caravan, probably BMW 02-series, Renault 15, Renault 4, Peugeot 403 Break, Opel Kadett B Caravan, Citroën Type H, Renault 4.
Second row, left to right:
Simca 1300, Simca 1100, Peugeot 403, Renault 4 Fourgonnette (F4), Peugeot 404.
Third row, left to right:
Probably Renault 16, BMC Mini (Austin/Morris, ADO15), probably Peugeot 204, probably Ford Cortina MkII, Ford (Taunus) 12M (P6), probably Renault 6, probably Opel Kadett B. 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

1971, Film: “Jo”

The French comedy "Jo" is released on 1 September 1971 in France. The film, directed by Jean Girault, stars Louis de Funès, Claude Gensac, Bernard Blier and Michel Galabru. The music was written by Raymond Lefèvre. The story is based on the play "The Gazebo" by Alec Coppel (1958) and filmed in 1959 under the same title with Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds.

Claude Gensac played the wife of Louis de Funès in 5 other films: "Le gendarme en balade" (1970), "Hibernatus" (1969), "Le gendarme se marie" (1968), "Les grandes vacances" (1967), and "Oscar" (1967). "Jo" also marks the eighth collaboration between Louis de Funès and director Jean Girault, after "Pouic-Pouic" (1963), "Faites sauter la banque" (1964), "Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez" (1964), "Le Gendarme à New York" (1965), "Les Grandes Vacances" (1967), "Le gendarme se marie" (1968), and "Le gendarme en balade" (1970).
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard and Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard
Michel Galabru as Tonelotti, Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard and
Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros
Synopsis
Comedy writer Antoine Brisebard (Louis de Funès) has financial difficulties and tries to sell his country house to an English couple. Unknown to the world, however, is that Brisebard is the victim of blackmail since his wife Sylvie (Claude Gensac), a famous actress, is the daughter of a robber-murderer. His blackmailer known as Jo often visits him to pick up the money. Faced with ruination Brisebard prepares to get rid of Jo, planning his deed under the guise of trying to write a new script for a crime play...
Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard, Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros and
Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard and Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
Main cast
  • Louis de Funès as Antoine Brisebard
  • Claude Gensac as Sylvie Brisebard
  • Michel Galabru as Tonelotti
  • Bernard Blier as Inspector Ducros
  • Guy Tréjan as Maître Colas
  • Ferdy Mayne as Mr. Grunder
  • Yvonne Clech as Mrs. Grunder
  • Florence Blot as Madame Cramusel
  • Micheline Luccioni as Françoise
  • Christiane Muller as Mathilde
  • Jacques Marin as Andrieux
  • Carlo Nell as Plumerel
  • Jean Droze as Riri 

"Jo" Trailer

Thursday, 14 July 2016

1970, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes

Volkswagen Porsche 914/16 Murène, design by Heuliez, France 
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 1970

Volkswagen Porsche 914/16 Tapiro, design by Giorgetto Giugiaro (Italdesign), Italy 
unveiled at the Turin Motor Show 1970

Bayer Visiona 2, design by Verner Panton, Germany
unveiled at the IMM Köln Möbelmesse / Cologne Furniture Fair 1970

Philips 22 GF 303 UFO Pompon record player, design by Patrice Dupont, France

JVC 3240 Videosphere Television, Japan 1970

Dress with decorative long metal laces, design by Paco Rabanne, France 1970

Dresses designed by André Courrèges, France 1970

Clarks shoes adverts, Ireland 1970

Braun HLD 4 hair dryer, design by Dieter Rams, Germany 1970

Interior design from Sherwin Williams brochure, USA 1970

Sunday, 10 July 2016

1969, Television: “Der Kommissar”

3 January 1969 "Toter Herr im Regen" ("Dead Man in the Rain"), the first episode of the German television series "Der Kommissar" (The Police Inspector), is broadcast on the German network ZDF. The series, written by Herbert Reinecker, starred Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller of the Munich Mordkommission (Murder Squad). Keller's team consisted of Kriminalhauptmeister (Police Inspector) Walter Grabert (Günther Schramm), Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines (Reinhard Glemnitz), and Kriminalmeister (Detective Sergeant) Harry Klein (Fritz Wepper) who, in 1974, was replaced by his younger brother (also in real life) Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein (Elmar Wepper).
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller
Left to right: Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines,
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert,
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller,
and Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
Left to right: Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines,
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller, Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein,
and Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert
Left to right: Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller,
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert,
Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines, and
Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
"Der Kommissar" format is a whodunnit with a murder victim, a group of suspects, and a police detective who reasons out who the murderer is. Sometimes Kommissar Keller gathers all the suspects at the scene of the crime, reconstructing the murder in a Poirot or Maigret manner. A total of 97 black-and-white episodes (55 minutes each) were filmed and broadcast between 1969 and 1976.
Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert and
Emely Reuer as Kriminalassistentin Helga Lauer
Elmar Wepper as Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein and
Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller

Main Cast
  • Erik Ode as Kommissar Herbert Keller
  • Günther Schramm as Kriminalhauptmeister Walter Grabert
  • Reinhard Glemnitz as Kriminalhauptmeister Robert Heines
  • Fritz Wepper as Kriminalmeister Harry Klein
  • Elmar Wepper as Kriminalmeister Erwin Klein
  • Emely Reuer as Kriminalassistentin Helga Lauer
  • Helma Seitz as Kriminalassistentin Käthe Rehbein
  • Rosemarie Fendel as Franziska Keller 

Opening and closing credits

Saturday, 2 July 2016

1968, Cars: Ford Corcel

In 1968 Ford do Brasil introduced the Ford Corcel (Portuguese for “stallion”). The Corcel was sold in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The Corcel development started in 1965 when Willys Overland do Brasil and Renault began collaborating on a new front-wheel drive car to replace the aging Renault/Willys Dauphine. The new Renault 12 (introduced in 1969) was internally known as “Project M”. When Willys do Brasil was sold to Ford do Brasil in 1967, Ford inherited the project.
Predecessor: Renault/Willys Dauphine
Ford Corcel prototype
The Ford Corcel was introduced as a four-door sedan with a 1,289 cc (51 kW) water-cooled "Cléon" engine from the Renault 12. In 1969 a coupé was added and March 1970 the three-door station wagon "Belina" was introduced. In 1971 the L ("Luxo") version and a more powerful GT (60 kW) version were added.
Ford Corcel Sedan (1969)
Ford Corcel Coupé (1969)
Ford Corcel Belina (1970)
Ford Corcel GTXP (1972)
In 1973 the car received a facelift. The L and GT versions were equipped with a new 1,372 cc version of the existing Renault engine. In 1975 a second minor facelift followed. The grille and headlight surroundings were changed and the Ford logo moved from the grille onto the leading edge of the bonnet.
Ford Corcel (1973)
Ford Corcel range (1975)
In 1978 the Corcel was replaced by the Ford Corcel II, with a completely new design and straight lines although underneath the car was still a Renault 12.
Successor: Ford Corcel II (1978)
Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1970)

Ford Corcel advert (1975)