Best Films of the 60s

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Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Thu Nov 02, 2006 5:26 pm

Yes, hopefully John will join us again as soon as possible
I've seen "The Red and the White" - wpqx has remembered it correctly. Saw also some impressing scenes from "The Round-Up", but as the VHS was the wrong aspect ratio, I didn't watch it.
I haven't seen many films from the ones you two mentioned on this thread, but there are some mutul favorites.
It's difficult and time-consuming compiling all of those lists, and of course it is better to go at a slow - and more thorough pace. I will do lists for all decades (even the 1890s, the 1900s, and the 1910s, but they would be quite empty so far ).

Anyway, the aim is growth and I hope I will be discovering some of your favorites in the near future.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby wpqx » Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:35 pm

Based on the most recent films I've been watching, I'm leaning towards the 1940s or 30s next, but want to hold off on jumping into another decade for the time being. For starters, more of you guys (meaning any of you guys) need to put up a list, and second of all I am currently researching films from Hollywood's golden past, and would like to hold off until I feel comfortable with what I've seen. I'm getting to be a parasitic sponge with film lately, and I'm finding myself curious to watch everything.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:25 pm

Quote:...and I'm finding myself curious to watch everything
Well, that is always a very good trait imo - what I expect from any devoted cinephile.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:01 pm

possible contenders:

Le testament d'Orpheé The Testament of Orpheus (Jean Cocteau / France)
Tirez sur le pianiste Shoot the Piano Player (Francois Truffaut / France)

Accattone Accattone! (Pier Paolo Pasolini / Italy)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman / USA)
The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich / USA)

Ivanovo detstvo Ivan's Childhood (Andrei Tarkovski / Soviet Union)
Jules et Jim Jules and Jim (Francois Truffaut / France)
Lolita (Stanley Kubrick / USA, UK)
Sweet Bird of Youth (Richard Brooks / USA)

Konkurs Audition / Competition (Milos Forman / Czechoslovakia)
Mahanagar The Big City (Satyajit Ray / India)

Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock / USA)

Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard / France, Italy)
Repulsion (Roman Polanski / UK)
Shunpu den Story of a prostitute (Seijun Suzuki / Japan)

Fahrenheit 451 (Francois Truffaut / UK)
Le père Noel a les yeux bleus Santa Claus Has Blue Eyes (Jean Eustache / France)

Dubei dao One-Armed Swordsman (Cheh Chang / Hong Kong)
The Graduate (Mike Nichols / USA)
The Jungle Book (Wolfgang Reitherman / USA)
Week End (Jean-Luc Godard / France, Italy)

Bullitt (Peter Yates / USA)
C'era una volta il West Once upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone / Italy, USA)
Night of the Living Dead (George A. Romero / USA)
One Plus One (Jean-Luc Godard / UK)
Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner / USA)

Cactus Flower (Gene Saks / USA)
Easy Rider (Dennis Hopper / USA)
Furin kazan Flying Banners (Hiroshi Inagaki / Japan)
Kes (Kenneth Loach / UK)

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:02 pm

Our professor had to finish the classes one hour earlier, and now I'm in the PC room. I'll try to finally come up with my own list. ">

The 60s are really my favorite decade in film history, shortly followed by the 70s, 20s and 10s. Although the (early) 70s also contain some of the most outstanding films ever made, there's already a decline if you look at a bigger scale. Somehow I have the feeling that cinema was at a similar highpoint in the 60s as it had been the case in the 20s during the silent era. Since then a lot has happened, and through sound and colors new possibilities were added to the films. Seeing just how alive and vibrant most of those films still feel today, it must have been a joy going to festivals during the 60s, witnessing so much creativity from all around the world focused on the screen.
I tried to list only the truly outstanding films I have seen so far (as usual, I have seen too little), with a seperate list for possible contenders that might make it onto the list in the future after one (or more) rewatches.
Of course some films may raise an eyebrow or two, but hey, that's what I love. ">

Jungfrukällan The Virgin Spring (Ingmar Bergman / Sweden)
La Dolce Vita The Sweet Life (Federico Fellini / Italy)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell / UK)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock / USA)

Chronique d'un été Chronicle of a Summer (Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch / France)
Cléo de 5 à 7 Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda / France, Italy)
Judgment at Nuremberg (Stanley Kramer / USA)
Ples v dezju Dancing in the Rain (Bostjan Hladnik / Yugoslavia)
The Innocents (Jack Clayton / UK)
Viridiana (Luis Bunuel / Spain, Mexico)

Antoine et Colette Antoine and Colette (Francois Truffaut / France)
Carnival of Souls (Herk Harvey / USA)
La Jetée The Pier (Chris Marker / France)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean / UK)
Mamma Roma (Pier Paolo Pasolini / Italy)
Noz w wodzie Knife in the Water (Roman Polanski / Poland)
Sanma no aji An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu / Japan)
Subarnarekha (Ritwik Ghatak / India)
Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux My Life to Live (Jean-Luc Godard / France)

Charade (Stanley Donen / USA)
El Naser Salah el Dine Saladin (Youssef Chahine / Egypt)
I Fidanzati The Fiances (Ermanno Olmi / Italy)
Le Mpris Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard / France)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock / USA)

Cern Petr Black Peter (Milos Forman / Czechoslovakia)
Demanty noci Diamonds of the Night + Sousto A Bite to Eat (1964 + 1960 / Jan Nemec / Czechoslovakia)
Deus E o Diabo na Terra do Sol Black God, White Devil (Glauber Rocha / Brazil)
Gertrud (Carl Theodor Dreyer / Denmark)
La Drive (Paula Delsol / France)
La peau douce The Soft Skin (Francois Truffaut / France, Portugal)
Rysopis Identification Marks: None (Jerzy Skolimowski / Poland)
Suna no onna Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara / Japan)

A Patch of Blue (Guy Green / USA)
Dai-bosatsu toge The Sword of Doom (Kihachi Okamoto / Japan)
Hakop Hovnatanyan (Sergei Parajanov / Soviet Union)
Now (Santiago lvarez / Cuba)
Tokyo nagaremono Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki / Japan)

Andrei Rublyov Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovski / Soviet Union)
Au hasard Balthazar Balthazar (Robert Bresson / France, Sweden)
Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni / UK, Italy)
Django (Sergio Corbucci / Italy, Spain, France)
Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Sergio Leone / Italy, Spain)
Sedmikrasky Daisies (Vera Chytilov / Czechoslovakia)

48 Stunden bis Acapulco 48 hours to Acapulco (Klaus Lemke / West Germany)
Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn / USA)
Csillagosok, katonak The Red and The White (Miklos Jancso / Hungary, Soviet Union)
Edipo re Oedipus Rex (Pier Paolo Pasolini / Italy, Morocco)
Elvira Madigan (Bo Widerberg / Sweden)
Ji-uchi: Hairy tsuma shimatsu Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi / Japan)
Koroshi no rakuin Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki / Japan)
Le Samoura The Godson (Jean-Pierre Melville / France)
Midaregumo Scattered Clouds (Mikio Naruse / Japan)
Playtime (Jacques Tati / France)
The Fearless Vampire Killers (Roman Polanski / UK, USA)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick / USA, UK)
Abschied Farewell (Egon Gnther / East Germany)
Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (Danile Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub / West Germany, Italy)
Eltavozott nap The Girl (Marta Meszaros / Hungary)
Goto, l'le d'amour Goto, Island of Love (Walerian Borowczyck / France)
Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski / USA)
Salesman (Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin / USA)
Sayat Nova The Color of Pomgranates (Sergej Paradjanov / Soviet Union)
Teorema Theorem (Pier Paolo Pasolini / Italy)
Vixen! (Russ Meyer / USA)
Yabu no naka no kuroneko Black Cat from the Grave (Kaneto Shind / Japan)

Bao biao Have Sword Will Travel (Chang Cheh / Hong Kong)
Hsia nu A Touch of Zen (King Hu / Taiwan)
Ich nicht (Wolfgang Petersen / West Germany)
On her Majesty's Secret Service (Peter R. Hunt / UK, USA)
Othon (Jean-Marie Straub, Danile Huillet / West Germany, Italy)
Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen / USA)

by country:

USA: 12
France: 12
Japan: 8
Italy: 7
UK: 6
West Germany: 4
Czechoslovakia: 3
Soviet Union: 3
Hungary: 2
Poland: 2
Sweden: 2
Brazil: 1
Cuba: 1
Denmark: 1
East Germany: 1
Egypt: 1
Hong Kong: 1
India: 1
Spain: 1
Taiwan: 1
Yugoslavia: 1

Total: 71

*added Chang Cheh's Heroic Bloodshed Movie "Have Sword Will Travel" (1969), as well as Luis Bunuel's Viridiana (1961).

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby wpqx » Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:11 pm

The only head scratcher I see is Patch of Blue. Interesting how very few American films we had in common on our lists, although not without a few obvious choices (Lawrence, 2001). Curious to see you include A Bite to Eat with Diamonds of the Night. The only version of the film I saw had German subtitles, so I felt a little was lost on me. Lest I be mistaken, both us appeared to have the most films selected from 1967, which proves my point of what a tremendous year for film it was.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:36 pm

Don't like the film, or what's the problem with A patch of Blue?
I included "A bite to eat, because as I wrote somewhere else, the short works as a perfect "naturalist" prologue to the film, that inhances the suspense of "Diamonds of the night" and is a great contrast to the latters surrealist and rather "loose" form. I think they fit together perfectly. Do you mean you saw "A bite to eat", or did your copy of "Diamonds of the night" have german subs?
Yes, 1967 seems very strong. It's almost like 1967/68 was a culmination point in cinema history.

And I haven't seen 45 films from your list, including the largest part of american films you listed.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby wpqx » Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:21 pm

23 from your list so do I win? As far as Patch of Blue, I've just never really heard anyone say the film was anything besides slightly above average Hollywood fluff. However I realize my appreciation of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is also likely to be laughed at from many "serious" critics.

My Diamonds of the Night has English subs, but A Bite to Eat was thrown on the end of the tape, and that has German subtitles, which makes no sense. A similar thing happened when I copied Amorres Perros. The film itself had no English subs, but the making of featurette did. Luckily I know enough Spanish to get along, and most of the dialogue was profanity anyways, so didn't have a problem following.

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby A » Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:30 pm

Don't know if you win, as my list is shorter.

I had never heard anything about A patch of blue before i saw it, and thought it was an extremely captivating and well-made film. The criticism I read afterwards on the net was also positive.

Too bad, you had german subs on it. Nevertheless, the situation is pretty clear, and there isn't much going on in the dialogue. Two jews are waiting for their deportation in the train, while it has stopped for some moments. As they are both very hungry, one decides to steal a loaf of bread from another train opposite of theirs. But since a guard is paroling around it, they have to find the right moment for this action, because they will get shot if discovered. What follows is this action itself.
"Diamonds of the Night", begins with two guys running away from a deportation train...

Re: Best Films of the 60s

Postby wpqx » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:11 pm

They're definitely linked. I picked up Marta Meszaros' The Girl, but haven't yet finished it due to other obligations.


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