Friday 29 May 2020

1974, Designs: cars, furniture, electronics, clothes II

Fiat 127 Village
- Designed and produced by Bertone, Turin, Italy, 1974.
- Based on the Fiat 127
- Unveiled at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show
- It featured a 903 cc L4 engine
Fiat 127 Village
Fiat 127 Village
Fiat 127 Village
Fiat 127 Village
Audi 100S Coupé Speciale
- Designed by Pietro Frua, Italy, 1974
- Produced by Audi NSU Auto Union AG, Neckarsulm, West Germany
- Based on the Audi 100 Coupé S
- Unveiled at the 1974 Geneva Motor Show
- It featured a mid-engined 1871cc, L4 engine
Audi 100S Coupé Speciale
Audi 100S Coupé Speciale
Rocking Chair, Relaxer 2
- Designed by Verner Panton, Denmark, 1974
- Produced by Rosenthal GmbH, Selb, Germany
Rocking Chair, Relaxer 2
Rocking Chair, Relaxer 2
Lip Mach 2000 chronograph
- Designed by Roger Tallon, France, 1974
- Produced by LIP, France, 1974
Lip Mach 2000 chronograph
Lip Mach 2000 chronograph
BeoGram 1203 Record Deck
- Designed by Jacob Jensen, Kopenhagen, Denmark, 1974
- Manufactered by Bang & Olufsen, Struer, Denmark
BeoGram 1203 Record Deck
Look-in Covers 1974
Look-in Covers Number 9 1974
Look-in Covers Number 14 1974
Look-in Covers Number 30 1974
Look-in Covers Number 44 1974
Look-in Covers Number 45 1974

Wednesday 27 May 2020

1973, Film: “Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob”

The French comedy film "Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob" was released on 18 October 1973 in France. The film directed by Gérard Oury, was written by himself and Danièle Thompson. Main stars are Louis de Funès as Victor Pivert, Suzy Delair as Germaine Pivert, Claude Giraud as Mohamed Larbi Slimane, Henri Guybet as Salomon and Marcel Dalio as Rabbi Jacob. The music was composed by Vladimir Cosma.

The French businessman Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès) finds himself forced to impersonate the popular Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) while on the run from a group of assassins and the police...

Director Gérard Oury and Louis de Funès
Louis de Funès as Victor Pivert and Henri Guybet as Salomon
Main cast
  • Louis de Funès as Victor Pivert
  • Suzy Delair as Germaine Pivert
  • Claude Giraud as Mohamed Larbi Slimane
  • Henri Guybet as Salomon
  • Marcel Dalio as Rabbi Jacob
  • Renzo Montagnani as Colonel Farès
  • Janet Brandt as Tzipé Schmoll
  • Andre Falcon as The minister
  • Xavier Gélin as Alexandre
  • Miou-Miou as Antoinette Pivert
  • Denise Provence as Esther Schmoll
Louis de Funès as Victor Pivert / Rabbi Jacob
Louis de Funès as Victor Pivert / Rabbi Jacob
and Claude Giraud as Mohamed Larbi Slimane

Miou-Miou as Antoinette Pivert and Suzy Delair as Germaine Pivert
  • The film is known as the film with the most "gags" per minute.
  • This is one of De Funès' most popular and iconic movies.
  • It was Louis de Funès’s last film before his heart attack in 1975.
  • The film was nominated for “Best Foreign Film” at the Golden Globes in 1975 (USA)

"Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob" Trailer

Monday 18 May 2020

1972, Music: Eurovision Song Contest

The 17th Eurovision Song Contest was held on Saturday 25 March 1972 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. Moira Shearer presented the festival and of the 18 participants the Greek singer Vicky Leandros won for Luxembourg with "Après toi", written by Klaus Munro and Yvess Dessca, and composed by Munro and Mario Panas.

It was the third victory for Luxembourg, following their wins in 1961 with "Nous les amoureux" by Jean-Claude Pascal and "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" by France Gall in 1965.

Vicky Leandros after her victory for Luxembourg with "Après toi"

Draw Country Artist Song Place Points
01  Germany Mary Roos "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" 3 107
02  France Betty Mars "Comé-comédie" 11 81
03  Ireland Sandie Jones "Ceol an Ghrá" 15 72
04  Spain Jaime Morey "Amanece" 10 83
05  United Kingdom The New Seekers "Beg, Steal or Borrow" 2 114
06  Norway Grethe Kausland & Benny Borg "Småting" 14 73
07  Portugal Carlos Mendes "A festa da vida" 7 90
08  Switzerland Véronique Müller "C'est la chanson de mon amour" 8 88
09  Malta Helen and Joseph "L-imħabba" 18 48
10  Finland Päivi Paunu & Kim Floor "Muistathan" 12 78
11  Austria Milestones "Falter im Wind" 5 100
12  Italy Nicola Di Bari "I giorni dell'arcobaleno" 6 92
13  Yugoslavia Tereza Kesovija "Muzika i ti" 9 87
14  Sweden Family Four "Härliga sommardag" 13 75
15  Monaco Anne-Marie Godart & Peter MacLane "Comme on s'aime" 16 65
16  Belgium Serge & Christine Ghisoland "À la folie ou pas du tout" 17 55
17  Luxembourg Vicky Leandros "Après toi" 1 128
18  Netherlands Sandra & Andres "Als het om de liefde gaat" 4 106

Number 1 Luxembourg: Vicky Leandros with "Après toi"
Number 2  United Kingdom: The New Seekers with "Beg, Steal or Borrow"
Number 3 Germany: Mary Roos with "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben"
  • Monaco was unable to stage the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest after their win with Séverine's song "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" in 1971 so the BBC stepped in.
  • Writer and composer Klaus Munro also conducted the orchestra at the contest.
  • Yves Dessca also wrote the lyrics for "Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue" that won the previous year.

Vicky Leandros with the winning song "Après toi"

The Full 1972 Eurovision Song Contest

Monday 4 May 2020

1971, Cars: Ford Cortina Mk III (TC)

The new Mk III Ford Cortina went on sale in late 1970. The new car shared the German Taunus platform, hence the internal name TC, standing for Taunus-Cortina. On the outside the cars were slightly different, the Taunus TC had longer front indicators, different door skins and rear wing pressings that toned down the "coke-bottle" appearance of the Cortina. The Mk III Cortina replaced both the Mark II Cortina and the larger Ford Corsair.

The car was available as a 2/4 door Saloon or 5 a door Estate with the following trim levels Base, L (for Luxury), XL (Xtra Luxury), GT (Grand Touring) and GXL (Grand Xtra Luxury). Four headlights and Rostyle wheels marked out the GT and GXL versions. The GXL also had bodyside rub strips, a vinyl roof and a brushed aluminium front and black boot lid panel, while the GT had a black painted section of the boot with a chrome trim at either side of it. Initially the new Cortina came with the L4 1300 and 1600cc (Kent) engines from the Mark II Cortina, with the exception of the 1600 GXL, which was equipped with a Pinto engine. Later a 2000 cc Pinto engine was offered.
Predecessor: Ford Cortina Mk II
Predecessor: Ford Corsair
Ford Cortina L Mk III
Ford Cortina XL Mk III
Ford Cortina GXL Mk III
In late 1973 the car received a facelift. The main new features were the dashboard and clocks, upgraded trim levels and revised grilles, revised rear lights, rectangular headlights for the XL, GT and the new 2000E (the "E" standing for executive), which replaced the GXL.
German sister car: Ford Taunus GXL
Ford Cortina Mk III 1973 1974 Facelift
The Ford Cortina Mk III (TC) was replaced by the Ford Cortina Mk IV (TC1) on 29 September 1976.
Successor: Ford Cortina Mk IV,
identical to the Ford Taunus TC2
Ford Cortina Mk III introduction (1971)

Ford Cortina Mk III Advert 1 (1971)

 Ford Cortina Mk III Advert 2 (1971)

Ford Cortina Mk III Advert 3 (1971)

Ford Cortina Mk III Advert 4 (1971)

Ford Cortina Mk III 2000E Advert (1974)