There are many classic films from the 1960s, many of which are fairly unknown. Technology may have come a long way over the years, but there are plenty of movies that came out in the ’60s that are definitely worth a revisit.
What better time to revisit than the 60th anniversary of said films? It may have been six decades since 1962, but that doesn’t mean these films haven’t retained their quality.
With Sir Sean Connery in one of his most famous roles as MI-6 super spy James Bond, dr No is the first part of the 25-film edition of the 007 Series. dr No is the epitome of a spy film who not only launched one of the longest-running film franchises, but also pioneered the spy film genre.
The story follows James Bond on his journey to Jamaica and investigates the plans of the secret organization known only as the Spectre. In this film, all the recurring tropes are established 007 It’s one of the best in the series to date.
“What happened to Baby Jane?”
What happened to Baby Jane? is a psychological horror interspersed with bits of dark comedy and gallows humor. One of the many films to come out in 1962 based on a novel, it tells the story of two sisters, Jane (bed Davis) and Blanche (Joan Crawford), live together in a luxurious villa.
Jane, a former child actress who lost everything, is extremely jealous of Blanche, who seems to deserve everything that Jane lost. As she ages, Blanche becomes paralyzed and subject to torture and abuse at the hands of Jane. An interesting tidbit is that Davis and Crawford had a bitter rivalry between them, which perfectly translates their real-life relationship into the fictional one.
Based on the novel The executioners through John D MacDonald, Cape Fear is another psychological horror originally intended to be directed by a horror film legend, Alfred Hitchcock. Although Hitchcock created the storyboards for the film, he eventually directed it J Lee Thompson.
Cape Fear tells the chilling story of a man released from an 8-year sentence who tracks down the attorney who testified against him and begins to turn his life into a living nightmare. The film was actually deemed good enough to be remade in 1991 Martin Scorsese, with the original cast in various roles. Although theRemake had more similarities to The silence of the Lambs.
‘Lawrence of Arabia’
Lawrence of Arabia is a true story based on a British officer TE Lawrence, who served as the liaison between Britain and Arab guerrilla forces in the Middle East during World War I. This was intended to fight the Ottoman Empire, which was then allied with Germany.
The film received not one, not two, but ten Oscar nominations at the time of its release, of which it won seven. To this day, it is considered one of the most culturally significant films ever made.
“To Kill a Mockingbird”
Killing a mockingbird is a story loved by children and adults alike because it depicts the harsh realities of race in the 1930s. Based on the novel by Harper Lee, It tells the story of a young black man named Tom Robinson (Rock Peterson), who is wrongly accused of killing a girl named Mayella Ewell (Collin Wilcox-Paxton) despite his physical inability to do so.
Robinson’s criminal defense attorney Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck), is one of the few white people who keeps an open mind in town, and wants to scout his children (Mary Badham) and Jem (Philip Alford) how important it is never to judge a book by its cover. The film chronicles the misadventures of the Finch children and their father’s struggle to prove Robinson’s innocence. It’s a very profound film and an absolutely essential watch for understanding the negative effects of racial prejudice.
‘The longest day’
The longest day was The soldier James Ryan (1998) before The soldier James Ryan was even designed. The harrowing story of the heroic sacrifices made on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day The longest day is not only based on a true story, but also on a non-fiction book of the same name Cornelius Ryan.
Draw no blows and never shrink from the horrors and tragedies of war, The longest day is a must for history buffs or anyone interested in learning more about WWII. However, rather than being shot as a fictional drama in a very real setting, it is shot more as a docudrama, keeping the essential details in the foreground.
lolita is another film based on a novel, this time written by Vladimir Nabokov. Nabokov’s writing skills combined with a cinema legend Stanley Kubrick to deliver a cult-classic comedy/drama that’s still being talked about decades after its release.
The film continued to receive rave reviews from cinephiles and critics alike, and was nominated for multiple awards including a Golden Globe.
“King Kong vs. Godzilla”
The third godzilla Film to be produced by Toho introduces King Kong to the Toho monster universe. The Monkey King takes on the King of the Monsters in this classic 1962 monster film that is perfectly representative of that era and the early Toho films.
Aside from being Godzilla’s third film, it is also King Kong’s third film incarnation since his debut in 1933. The film is directed by the legend Ishiro Hondawho also directed the original godzilla (1954) Movie and the Original Mothra (1961) Movie.
‘Girl! Girl! Girl!’
Girl! Girl! Girl! is a musical comedy starring none other than the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, Elvis Presley. Elvis plays a Hawaiian fisherman named Ross who is involved in a love triangle between two very different women. As if that wasn’t enough, he also has to deal with his employer’s retirement to Arizona and the subsequent struggle to buy the boat that Ross and his father ran.
The film was nominated for a Golden Globe, and the song featured in the film, “Return to Sender,” reached #2 on the US charts billboard Pop Singles Chart.
“The Music Man”
A lighthearted musical based on a 1957 Broadway production of the same name, the music man is about a con artist who tries to scam the people of his small town by convincing them that he needs money to start a non-profit marching band, and all the bumps he encounters along the way.
The film is known for its song “Shipoopi”, featured in one episode from family Guy, probably due to its silly name. Aside from that, the film was hugely popular upon its release and received nominations for six Oscars.
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