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The Best Films of 1960-50th Anniversary

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It's the 50th anniversary of 1960. Here is my top ten of the year. What's yours?

 

1. Psycho

2. Shoot the Piano Player

3. Le Trou

4. L?Avventura

5. Breathless*

6. Wild River

7. La Dolce Vita

8. Peeping Tom

9. Strangers when we Meet

10. Rocco and his Brothers

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Some of my favorites from 1960: The Apartment, Breathless, L'Avventura, The Bad Sleep Well, Le Trou, Two Women, The Virgin Spring.

 

Certainly a great year for foreign film. Of course there are still a lot I need to see like Peeping Tom, Shoot the Piano Player, and especially La Dolce Vita (all are on my Netflix Queue).

 

And as you will see Psycho is notably missing. That I have seen but it just isn't one of my favorites.

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THE APARTMENT

PSYCHO

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

INHERIT THE WIND

ELMER GANTRY

SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER

ZAZIE DANS LE METRO

PEEPING TOM

SPARTACUS

LA DOLCE VITA

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My 10 favorites of the year, all of which I saw during their original releases, other than Eyes Without a Face, which I saw 2 years later, on a double bill with Carnival of Souls. No order, other than the first one, which is my Number 3 favorite film of all-time.

 

Village of the Damned

Eyes Without a Face

The Time Machine

Sons and Lovers

Psycho

Pollyanna

Please Don't Eat the Daises (lots of "P" titles!)

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

Never Take Candy From a Stranger

The Night Watch

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The top moneymakers for '60:

 

20. IT STARTED IN NAPLES

19. MIDNIGHT LACE

18. INHERIT THE WIND

17. THE FACTS OF LIFE

16. G.I. BLUES

15. SUNRISE AT CAMPOBELLO

14. LET'S MAKE LOVE

13. PORTRAIT IN BLACK

12. THE SUNDOWNERS

11. ELMER GANTRY

10. PLEASE DON'T EAT THE DAISIES

9. OCEAN'S 11

8. THE APARTMENT

7. THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG

6. BUTTERFIELD 8

5. THE ALAMO

4. EXODUS

3. SPARTACUS

2. PSYCHO

*1. SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON*

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Possibly the last great year for classic movies in the old style. (I could be wrong. THE HUSTLER would come the next year. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE a little further down.) As for the year in question,

 

THE APARTMENT. One of the all time greats.

ELMER GANTRY. A very literate film.

PSYCHO. The only great slasher film.

INHERIT THE WIND. Challenging and theatrical.

And that wonderful TIME MACHINE. Still the fantasy to reckon with.

 

I'm probably overlooking some good ones. I don't know an efficient way to search by date.

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_Some more from '60:_

 

CAN-CAN

NEVER ON SUNDAY

THE BELLBOY

PEPE

FROM THE TERRACE

THE UNFORGIVEN

THE STORY OF RUTH

TOO HOT TO HANDLE

SONG WITHOUT END

LA DOLCE VITA

BELLS ARE RINGING

FLAMING STAR

THE ENTERTAINER

HELLER IN PINK TIGHTS

POLLYANNA

HOUSE OF USHER

THE LOST WORLD

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1. L'Avventura

2. La Dolce Vita

3. Breathless

4. Psycho

5. The Apartment

6. Le Trou

7. Rocco and His Brothers

8. Purple Noon

9. Inherit the Wind

10. Peeping Tom

11. Spartacus

12. The Magnificent Seven

13. Eyes Without a Face

14. The Virgin Spring

15. Two Women

 

Edited by: JefCostello on Aug 16, 2010 8:20 PM

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It was a great decade for Luis Bunuel films:

 

*Viridiana*

*The Exterminating Angel*

*Diary of a Chambermaid*

*Simon of the Desert*

*Belle de Jour*

 

Also good for Fellini:

 

*Juliet of the Spirits* (my favorite)

*Fellini Satyricon*

*La Dolce Vita*

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Yes, it was a great decade for the master Bunuel.

 

As for Fellini, there are some (like myself) who would argue that his films after 8 1/2 were a complete mess. The only exceptions I'd make for that are Amarcord and Roma.

 

1960 is special in that several foreign films came out that year which caused a boom in the 60's which became the Golden Age of foreign cinema.

 

L'Avventura is in my opinion the ultimate masterpiece of that year. The use of landscape, scenery, photography, space and architecture in that movie is unlike anything else I've ever seen. Not my favorite Antonioni movie, but certainly his best.

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> {quote:title=JefCostello wrote:}{quote}

> Yes, it was a great decade for the master Bunuel.

>

> As for Fellini, there are some (like myself) who would argue that his films after 8 1/2 were a complete mess. The only exceptions I'd make for that are Amarcord and Roma.

 

I'm definitely not in that camp. I think Juliet is his best, most fully realized surrealist cinematic portrait. Starring, of course, his wife. I also think 1980's *City of Women* is an excellent, under appreciated film.

 

>

> 1960 is special in that several foreign films came out that year which caused a boom in the 60's which became the Golden Age of foreign cinema.

>

 

Truly lots of great foreign cinema in the 60s, including Costa-Gavras' stunning *Z*, released in 1969.

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Personally, the one Fellini film I admire with least reserve is "Nights of Cabiria." As for the post 8 1/2 films, I prefer Casanova and The Ship Sails On

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Hello! This is titled the *best films of 1960-50th Anniversary.*

 

*ONE YEAR! NOT THE WHOLE DECADE!!!*

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