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A Bout De Souffle (1960)

apartment-1Best Motion Picture (1960): The Apartment (1960)
Release Date; June 30, 1960
Director: Billy Wilder
Studio: United Artists
The Apartment is a surprisingly racy movie for a Best Picture winner in the year 1960. It was directed by Billy Wilder, a Hollywood legend whose later fame would include Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, and many others. Jack Lemmon plays a mid-level insurance clerk who offers his apartment to executives at his company for secret romantic liaisons.

Black Sunday (1960)

L’Aventura (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)

Breathless (1960)

Elmer Gantry (1960)

Inherit the Wind (1960)

mag sevenThe Magnificent Seven (1960)
Release Date: October 12, 1960
Director: John Sturges
Studio: United Artists
The Magnificent Seven is Hollywood’s amazing re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa’s brilliant Seven Samurai. John Sturges offers a star-studded and grippingly simple tale about seven individual veteran gunslingers who are hired to defend a rural Mexican farming village from a brutal bandit who is extorting their food supply. The Magnificent Seven stars Eli Wallach, Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Brad Dexter, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, and Horst Buchholz.

Psycho (1960)

Peeping Tom (1960)

Rocco and His Brothers (1960)

Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Spartacus (1960)

The Sundowners (1960)

The Virgin Spring (1960)

A Raisin in the Sun (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

The Hustler (1961)

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Leon Morin, Priest (1961)

Lola (1961)

The Misfits (1961)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

Through a Glass Darkly (1961)

Victim (1961)

Viridiana (1961)

Best Motion Picture (1961): West Side Story (1961)

Yojimbo (1961)

An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Billy Budd (1962)

Cape Fear (1962)

Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)

Days of Wine and Roses (1962)

In the foreground, Bond wears a suit and is holding a gun; four female characters from the film are next to him.James Bond #1: Dr. No (1962)
Director: Terence Young. Based on the sixth novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, Dr. No is the first Bond film to hit the big screen. In the film, James Bond (Sean Connery) travels to Jamaica to investigate the recent assassination of an MI6 agent. Upon arrival he uncovers a secret plot on a nearby island to detonate a nuclear weapon and disrupt a United States space launch. He and his new paramour, Honey Ryder (Swiss actress, Ursula Andress) fight to prevent the mad and reclusive Dr. No (played by Joseph Wiseman).

Harakiri (1962)

How the West Was Won (1962)

Jules et Jim (1962)

La Jetée (1962)

Best Picture (1962): Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Lolita (1962)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)

The_Man_Who_Shot_Liberty_Valance_(1962_poster)Release Date: April 18, 1962
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Studio: Paramount
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a deeply reflective, pensive, and even pessimistic John Ford Western film starring John Wayne as the ruffian gunslinger, Tom Doniphon, and Jimmy Stewart as Ranse Stoddard educated man of law. It is a brilliant film about the changing ways of the old west, and the true harbinger of law and order.

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

The Miracle Worker (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Vivre sa vie (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Winter Light (1962)

8 1/2 (1963)

America, America (1963)

The Birds (1963)

Bye Bye Birdie (1963)

Contempt (1963)

James Bond #2: From Russia With Love (1963)
Director: Terence Young. Terence Young again returns to direct the second James Bond film, based on Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel. It is one of the best Bond films, and a Cold War classic. In the film, members of SPECTRE (under the direction of “Number 1” Blofield), pose as Soviet operatives to lure Bond to steal a cryptographic machine desired by the British government, and then promptly punish him for killing their agent in the previous film, Dr. No.

The Great Escape (1963)

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Director: Stanley Kramer. The film tells the hilariously chaotic story of five random travelers who witness a car accident near Palm Springs, California that leads them on a wild adventure to claim $350,000 buried under a large “W.” The film includes cameos from many famous actors including: Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Jerry Lewis, Buster Keaton, The Three Stooges among many others.

The Leopard (1963)

Lilies of the Field (1963)

The Nutty Professor (1963)

Pink panther63.jpgThe Pink Panther (1963)
Director: Blake Edwards. The Pink Panther is the first film in the “Pink Panther” series, featuring Peter Sellers as the bumbling but lovable French inspector, Jacques Clouseau. This first film focuses a great deal on the story of Sir Charles Lytton (played by David Niven) who moonlights as the jewel thief, the “Phantom,” however later films will properly turn to focus on the foibles of Inspector Clouseau.

The Silence (1963)

Best Picture (1963): Tom Jones (1963)

Fistful-of-Dollars-poster.jpgA Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Director: Sergio Leone. A Fistful of Dollars was supposed to be a low-budget Italian B-movie, but instead it revolutionized the Western film genre and became an essential “Spaghetti Western” picture (it was the first in Leone’s incredible “Dollars” trilogy). It stars Clint Eastwood as an unnamed gunslinger who arrives in the small Mexican town of San Miguel where two rival gangs are vying for power.

A Hard Days night movieposter.jpgA Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Director: Richard Lester. A Hard Day’s Night is the anarchistic, irreverent “mockumentary” film that purports to follow The Beatles through a day in the life, at the height of their popularity. The film is rife with all manner of gags, one-liners, and situational humor drawn from a trove of silent comedy films. In a word, it refuses to take itself too seriously. It is delightfully funny, and it is a surprisingly influential film.

Shot in the dark.jpgA Shot in the Dark (1964)
Director: Blake Edwards. In many ways, A Shot In The Dark is the first true “Pink Panther” film, despite technically being the second “Pink Panther” picture after the prior year’s The Pink Panther (1963). With Peter Sellers accidentally tearing up pool tables, walking into walls, stumbling into fountains, getting arrested numerous times, and accidentally wandering through a nudist colony into a traffic jam, A Shot in the Dark is a hilarious film.

Bande a part (1964)

Becket (1964)

Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Gertrud (1964)

Image result for goldfingerJames Bond #3: Goldfinger (1964)
Director: Guy Hamilton. Goldfinger is the classic third Bond film, based on the seventh Bond Fleming novel of the same name. James Bond is sent to investigate notorious gold smuggler, Auric Goldfinger, where he uncovers a plot to infiltrate Fort Knox and render all the gold at Fort Knox unusable, thus increasing drastically increasing the value of Goldfinger’s supply.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)

La Peau douce (1964)

Marnie (1964)

Mary Poppins (1964)

Best Picture (1964): My Fair Lady (1964)

Pale Flower (1964)

Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Zorba the Greek (1964)

Alphaville (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Doctor Zhivago (1965)

For a Few Dollars More-ita-poster.jpgFor A Few Dollars More (1965)
Director: Sergio Leone. Per qualche dollaro in più is the second part of Leone’s masterful ‘Spaghetti Western’ “Dollars” trilogy. The film stars Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef as two bounty hunters who become embroiled in a conflict with a ruthless gang of bank robbers, led by a man named “Indio.” It features another brilliant Ennio Morricone score.

Help! (1965)

Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Pierrot Le Fou (1965)

Repulsion (1965)

Best Picture (1965): The Sound of Music (1965)

Thunderball - UK cinema poster.jpgJames Bond #4: Thunderball (1965)
Director: Terence Young. Terence Young returns to direct his third Bond film, Thunderball, based on the ninth Ian Fleming novel. In the film, SPECTRE has stolen two NATO nuclear weapons and is holding the world ransom, so James Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate the eye-patch wearing “Number 2” of SPECTRE. The film is memorable for its extensive underwater battle scenes.

Best Picture (1966): A Man for All Seasons (1966)

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Blow-Up (1966)

Born Free (1966)

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (1966)
Director: Sergio Leone. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo is perhaps the most famous “spaghetti western” of all time. Starring Clint Eastwood, It is the third and final episode in the Dollars Trilogy, along with A Fistful of Dollars (1962) and For A Few Dollars More (1965). The film takes place during the American Civil War as it follows three gunslingers seeking $200,000 of Confederate gold buried in the ground, while trying to avoid the Civil War battles of the New Mexico Campaign in 1862. This gritty American Western (filmed in Italy and Spain) features immense landscapes and an unforgettable score by Ennio Morricone.

Masculin feminin (1966)

Persona (1966)

Van Gogh (1966)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Hombre (1967)

Best Picture (1967): In the Heat of the Night (1967)

The Jungle Book (1967)

La chinoise (1967)

La Collectionneuse (1967)

Le Samourai (1967)

Persona (1967)

Playtime (1967)

Point Blank (1967)

Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Weekend (1967)

Cinema poster showing Sean Connery as James Bond sitting in a pool of water and being attended to by eight black-haired Japanese womenJames Bond #5: You Only Live Twice (1967)
Director: Lewis Gilbert. Interestingly enough, the script for You Only Live Twice was written by noted children’s novelist, Roald Dahl (very loosely based on the Ian Fleming novel). This was originally intended to be Sean Connery’s final Bond film, but he later returned in Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. Bond is sent to Japan to gather intel on a spaceship which has been swallowing whole other international spaceships (these disappearances have brought international tensions high, to the near point of nuclear war). Bond discovers SPECTRE is behind the plot and he infiltrates their secret volcano lair to meet Blofeld (the infamous villain we finally meet for the first time) to stop the plot.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Belle de Jour (1968)

In Cold Blood (1968)

The Exterminating Angel (1968)

The Lion in Winter (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Best Picture (1968): Oliver! (1968)

once-upon-a-time-in-the-westOnce Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Release Date: December 20, 1968
Director: Sergio Leone
Studio: Paramount Pictures
C’era una volta il West is an epic, widescreen, Spaghetti Western directed by the great Sergio Leone. The cinematography is incredible and the score, again written by Ennio Morricone, is extraordinary. Unlike Leone’s Dollars trilogy, which is also brilliant, Once Upon a Time in the West is a somber and reflective film featuring wide sweeping shots of the old west and minimal dialogue. In many ways, Morricone’s score plays a much larger role in the film than any dialogue (each character has his or her own thematic music -most notably a haunting harmonica tune). The plot sees the coming of the railroad and vengeance against a killer, and it stars Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, and others.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Party (1968)

The Producers (1968)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Stolen Kisses (1968)

The Swimmer (1968)

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Yellow Submarine (1968)

Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

Army of Shadows (1969)

The Arrangement (1969)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Easy Rider (1969)

The Firemen’s Ball (1969)

The Italian Job (1969)

Le Chagrin et la Pitié (“The Sorrow and the Pity” 1969)

Best Picture (1969): Midnight Cowboy (1969)

My Night at Maud’s (1969)

A man in a dinner jacket on skis, holding a gun. Next to him is a red-headed woman, also on skis and with a gun. They are being pursued by men on skis and a bobsleigh, all with guns. In the top left of the picture are the words FAR UP! FAR OUT! FAR MORE! James Bond 007 is back!James Bond #6: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Director: Peter R. Hunt. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the first Bond film not to star Sean Connery. It stars Australian male-model, George Lazenby as James Bond. This Bond film is known for sticking closely to the Ian Fleming novel. It tells the story of an agreement between Bond and a Portuguese gangster: for Bond to marry his troubled daughter in exchange for information on the whereabouts of Bond’s arch-enemy, Blofeld, who is developing a bacterial weapon at an institute high in the Swiss Alps. The film has a memorably tragic ending.

Red Beard (1969)

Take the Money and Run (1969)

True Grit (1969)

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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