The Best of 60's
326 7.6 7.21. Weekend (1967)
A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Jean-Luc Godard had done 15 feature films in 9 years. After breaking up with Anna Karina, darkness descented in Godard's movies and fierce was unleshed. In Week End those are the two dominant powers. Story is full of unfortunate events and surprises, but still it is quite easy to follow and keep up with. What I can say basing on my experiences after quite bunch of films by Jean-Luc Godard, Week End might be even one of the easiest ones to come up with. Actors are all great in their roles and plot is just marvellous. Visually film gives its best and surely hangs in minds forever. Society definitely gets its own part from Godard. 60s is definitely the decade of Godard and Week End might be his most important film.
310 8.9 8.42. Harakiri (1962)
Following the collapse of his clan, unemployed samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to commit ritual suicide on his property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for charity, try to force him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his honor and his past. Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri is a scathing denouncement of feudal authority and hypocrisy.
Only few films are as rude as Harakiri is. Rudeness isn't only in visual violence, it is also behind the most beautiful and touching story. Exceptionally rude violence surely deserves special mention. Morality of violence is questionable but still understandable and the bloody part of it surely brings some emotions up. Story truly is one of the kind and characters are supporting that more than well. Special mention belongs both for Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanshiro Tsugumo and Yoshio Inaba as Jinai Chijiwa.
281 8.2 7.83. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Not just a defining work of the French New Wave but one of the great, lasting mysteries of modern art, Alain Resnais’ epochal Last Year at Marienbad (L’année dernière à Marienbad) has been puzzling appreciative viewers for decades. Written by radical master of the New Novel Alain Robbe-Grillet, this surreal fever dream, or nightmare, gorgeously fuses the past with the present in telling its ambiguous tale of a man and a woman (Giorgio Albertazzi and Delphine Seyrig) who may or may not have met a year ago, perhaps at the very same cathedral-like, mirror-filled château they now find themselves wandering. Unforgettable in both its confounding details (gilded ceilings, diabolical parlor games, a loaded gun) and haunting scope, Resnais’ investigation into the nature of memory is disturbing, romantic, and maybe even a ghost story.
Surrealistic themes and scenes in the film makes this film absolutely fantastic. So called love story between the Man (Giorgio Albertazzi) and the Woman (Delphine Seyring) is beautiful - actually whole film is beauty it self. The layout of images in this film is so breathtaking that only Antonioni can reach the same level with Resnais. Variation of light and shadows is absolutely stunning. Mysteric and poetic beauty from the promised land of cinema. Delphine Seyrig is one of my all time favorite actresses in the world and Last Year at Marienbad is perfect demonstration of her skills. No one should ever underestimate the strength of Albertazzi as well.
317 8.2 7.94. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
While vacationing on a remote island retreat, a family’s already fragile ties are tested when daughter Karin (Harriet Andersson) discovers her father has been using her schizophrenia for his own literary means. As she drifts in and out of lucidity, the father (Gunnar Björnstrand), along with Karin's husband (Max von Sydow) and her younger brother (Lars Passgård) are unable to prevent Karin’s harrowing descent into the abyss of mental illness. Winner of the 1962 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and featuring an astonishing lead performance by Andersson, Through a Glass Darkly presents an unflinching vision of a family’s near disintegration and a tortured psyche further taunted by God’s intangible presence.
Setting the whole movie in just one island is brilliant. Milieu sets characters in terrible anxiety and the audience surely catches that feeling. The most beautiful Harriet Andersson in the leading role as Karin is brilliant and so are the other actors good as well. Family relations are shown beautifully and whole movie is beautiful.
286 7.8 7.95. L'Avventura (1960)
A group of rich Italians head out on a yachting trip to a deserted volcanic island in the Mediterranean. When they are about to leave the island, they find Anna, the main character up to this point, has gone missing. Sandro, Anna's boyfriend, and Claudia, Anna's friend, try without success to find her. While looking for the missing friend, Claudia and Sandro develop an attraction for each other. When they get back to land, they continue the search with no success. Sandro and Claudia proceed to become lovers, and all but forget about the missing Anna.
Visual style of L'Avventura is something totally unforgivably stunning. Not too often I come up with a movie which every picture is made with care and love. There isn't too much dialogue and that is when Antonioni lets the pictures take care of the story and create emotions. This is truly emotional story with its own twisted love story, which is again something totally marvellous. L'Avventura isn't only adventure of finding Anna - this is also Claudia's (Monica Vitti) and Sandro's (Gabriele Ferzetti) adventure in love life. Actors in leading roles are all fabulous and I have to give special credit for the stunning actress in leading role, Monica Vitti. Bellissima.
97 7.8 7.66. Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
Celestine, the chambermaid has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people. The wife is frigid, her husband is always hunting (both animals and women) and her father is a shoe-fetishist. Joseph, the farm-labourer is a fascist and sexually attracted to Celestine. It takes no long time until Celestine is ready to quit her job, but suddenly something brings her back.
I think I have found it: define masterpiece from Luis Buñuel. Before Diary of a Chambermaid I had seen few films from Buñuel, which I have found all great, but Chambermaid is more than just 'great' - this is a masterpiece. Diary of a Chambermaid is quite much different from all the other films I've seen from Spanish master. Movie lacks the surrealistic elements that Buñuel is well known, but now 'lacking' doesn't mean that it could be better than the movie is now. Simplicity creates excellent drama and feelings of the characters can be felt staggeringly in this side of the screen that I'm used to be. There is not too many movies that Jeanne Moreau is as good actress as she is in this one but the credit must not go only for her - all the actors and actress' are more than just great.
257 7.8 7.87. The Innocents (1961)
In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel and valet Peter Quint are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.
I watched this whole film my ass on the edge of the seat. Seriously, I was so excited, frightened and astonished. Every once in a while my whole skin was on goose pimples and terrifying smile of suspension was on my face. There is no question if The Innocents is the best horror movie I've seen and I believe this movie is holding that status for a long time. The power of horror bases pretty much on its psychological side and that is surely done more than just well. Black and white Cinemascope does everything for the beauty of the film and that sure is quite something. Camera gives to horror a plenty of room to take control on the screen and editing is done perfectly. But movie couldn't be anything at all without great actors. Pamela Franklin as Flora, Martin Stephens as Miles and Deborah Kerr as Miss Giddens are all incredible.
328 7.7 7.98. The Leopard (1963)
Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard (Il Gattopardo) is an epic on the grandest possible scale. The film recreates, with nostalgia, drama, and opulence, the tumultuous years of Italy’s Risorgimento—when the aristocracy lost its grip and the middle classes rose and formed a unified, democratic Italy. Burt Lancaster stars as the aging prince watching his culture and fortune wane in the face of a new generation, represented by his upstart nephew (Alain Delon) and his beautiful fiancée (Claudia Cardinale). Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, The Leopard translates Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel, and the history it recounts, into a truly cinematic masterpiece.
I truly love Luchino Visconti. The Leopard represents pretty much Visconti as his best: creating historically accurate, almost opera-like and huge drama film. Historical themes in The Leopard are haunting and actors in their roles are all amazing. Special credits for Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and beautiful Claudia Cardinale. Outdated view of thing of Lancaster's character as the Prince is amazing and eagerness of Delon is wonderful. Interesting and touching movie with a great plot.
423 8.2 8.19. Le Samourai (1967)
Hitman Jeff Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.
Le samouraï might be the greatest hitman themed movie ever. The atmosphere in the movie is one of the kind and it stays in the whole movie. One reason for that special atmosphere is incredibly calm performance by Alain Delon. Plot is great with all little twists and visually there is nothing to change.
956 8.4 8.110. Persona (1966)
A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually confesses her secrets to a seemingly sympathetic Elisabeth and finds that her own personality is being submerged into Elisabeth's persona.
Very often Persona is acclaimed as the ultimate masterpiece from Ingmar Bergman. Well I'm not the one to argue with that but Persona might not be still my favourite from Swedish master. Persona is absolutely stunning movie. Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann are both incredible in their roles and relationships between the characters are amazing. Movie is beautiful as any movie can get.
140 7.9 7.811. My Night at Maud's (1969)
The narrator (Jean-Louis), a devout Catholic, moves to a provincial town and vows to marry Francoise, a pretty blond he notices at mass. Vidal, an old school friend, invites him to visit the recently divorced Maud, and the narrator ends up staying the night, having philosophical discussions in her bedroom. Next morning the narrator engineers a meeting with Francoise.
After 12 films I've seen from Eric Rohmer, there is only great movies. My Night at Maud's is one of the greatest movies from the French master and there is no doubt about it. The conversations at the midnight and the atmosphere in this movie is absolutely lovely. Characters are all great, which is again typical for Rohmer. Morality is handled well as a part of the Six Moral Tales from Rohmer. Movie is also as beautiful as it could ever get. Visually movie is just breathtaking, especially outdoor shots. It is also great to see how snow really escorts people together.
273 8.3 8.112. Rocco and His Brothers (1960)
The widow Rosaria moves to Milano from Lucania with her 4 sons, one of whom is Rocco. The fifth son, Vincenzo, already lives in Milano. In the beginning, the family has a lot of problems, but everyone manages to find something to do. Simone is boxing, Rocco works in a dry cleaners, and Ciro studies. Simone meets Nadia, a prostitute, and they have a stormy affair. Then Rocco, after finishing his military service, begins a relationship with her. A bitter feud ensues between the two brothers, which might lead too far.
Rocco and His Brothers must be the father of all sports films. But the sports (boxing) isn't the main thing in this movie: this is all about brotherhood and love. What might happen to family relations when two brothers fall in love with the same woman? Alain Delon is more than marvellous in his role as Rocco and Renato Salvatori ain't much worse. Luchino Visconti surely is a master of cinema.
825 8.2 813. La Dolce Vita (1960)
Seven days (and nights) in the life of a Marcello, a Roman journalist torn between making something serious of his life or drifting along on a pleasant if empty stream of casual affairs and profitable, but meaningless, newspaper and magazine work. In the course of the week, he flirts with a visiting movie star has a couple of encounters with a bored socialite, one of them in a prostitute's bedroom, is shocked when Steiner, a "serious" writer and deep thinker kills himself and his children, and generally ignores his adoring girlfriend. In the end, he seems to have cut himself adrift on a sea of frivolity and self-disgust, with no real idea of how to find his way "home" again.
Fellini truly is master of art and La Dolce Vita is just one film to prove that. Fortunately, I've met only great movies from Italian master and La Dolce Vita might be my favourite from him. Storytelling is something totally awesome and audio visually this masterpiece is excellent. The adventure of Marcello Rubini is interesting, hilarious and so absolutely fantastic. Mastroianni is excellent in his role and Anita Ekberg isn't much worse.
159 8.3 7.814. Mamma Roma (1962)
Anna Magnani is Mamma Roma, a middle-aged prostitute who attempts to extricate herself from her sordid past for the sake of her son. Filmed in the great tradition of Italian neorealism, Mamma Roma offers an unflinching look at the struggle for survival in postwar Italy, and highlights director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s lifelong fascination with the marginalized and dispossessed. Though banned upon its release in Italy for obscenity, today Mamma Roma remains a classic, featuring a powerhouse performance by one of cinema’s greatest actresses and offering a glimpse at a country’s most controversial director in the process of finding his style.
I started my study with Pasolini with Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom and I have to say that there is quite a contrast between these two films. Mamma Roma is Pasolini's second feature film and Salò was his last before he got killed. Mamma Roma is perfect movie by its all means. Anna Magnani as Mamma Roma (main character) is tremendous and Ettore Garofolo as Ettore is also amazing. Symbolism ain't in any shit-eating level - as it is in Salò - and symbolism is one of the most powerful things in this one. Christian arts are also present strongly (see one example even in the screenshot below) and whole movie is such a beautiful piece of art.
411 8.4 8.215. The Pier (1962)
Chris Marker, filmmaker, poet, novelist, photographer, editor, and now videographer and digital multimedia artist, has been challenging moviegoers, philosophers, and himself for years with his complex queries about time, memory, and the rapid advancement of life on this planet. Marker’s La Jetée is one of the most influential, radical science-fiction films ever made, a tale of time travel told in still images.
Not too often I fall in love with sci-fi film. La Jetée is one great exception in that gengre. Surely there is some Tarkovsky's works too but I think La Jetée made even bigger effort in me than any of those others. Time travelling hasn't ever been as interesting as it is in this film and it won't ever even be. You could put any of those black&white still pictures in frames and hang those on the wall and none of them would be ugly. Visually this film is extraordinary and there isn't definitely problems in the plot too.
82 7.9 7.716. The Letter That Was Never Sent (1959)
A year after his The Cranes are Flying won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Kalatozov re-teamed with cinematographer Sergei Urusevksy and leading lady Tatyana Samojlova to shoot this story about four geologists on an expedition to find diamond deposits in Eastern Siberia. As the team confronts the raging elements of nature—including a tremendous forest fire—that nearly wipe them out, the film questions the sacrifice of human lives to further scientific progress. An intriguing example of new Soviet cinema, The Letter’s striking visuals and bold camerawork recall Kalatozov’s poetic documentary Salt for Svanetia (1929), which brought him fame for its visual bravado and powerful Communist propaganda.
Kalatozov is one of my all time favourite directors and so place of The Letter That Was Never Sent wasn't ever doubted in this list. There is only few films by Kalatozov that I haven't seen and I every film that I've seen has been a masterpiece. This movie ain't exception with all its visual style, beautiful story and great performances by actors.
603 7.9 7.617. Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Dissatisfied in marriage and life, Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) takes to the road with the babysitter, his ex-lover Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina), and leaves the bourgeoisie behind. Yet this is no normal road trip: genius auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature in six years is a stylish mash-up of consumerist satire, politics, and comic-book aesthetics, as well as a violent, zigzag tale of, as Godard called them, “the last romantic couple.” With blissful color imagery by cinematographer Raoul Coutard and Belmondo and Karina at their most animated, Pierrot le fou is one of the high points of the French New Wave, and was Godard’s last frolic before he moved ever further into radical cinema.
In this movie there are few dominant rulers: Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and of course, Jean-Luc Godard. The chemistry between all there three people is shown in the most brilliant way, when actor and actress in the leading roles are as brilliant as they are. They are almost playing with the camera and Godard knows how to take everything out of them, especially from Anna Karina. The love story is cute, funny and in some level also sad. Visually Pierrot le fou is somewhat typical Godard: colourful, joyful and only beautiful.
81 8 7.618. Passenger (1963)
Passenger (Pasazerka) has been called 'one of the most audacious fictions ever made about the Holocaust'. Director Munk died in a car crash, aged just 39, in the middle of filming. His friend, Witold Lesiewicz, and his colleagues decided to complete the film to what they believed were Munk's intentions and assembled it using the existing footage, Munk's still photographs and a voice-over narration. Finally released in 1964, the film won main awards at Cannes and Venice and has been described by those who have seen it as an unfinished masterpiece.
I don't need to argue with that opinion about 'one of the most audacious fictions ever made about the Holocaust'. Very often this kind of war dramas hits me harder than actional war films with blood and bullets everywhere. Passanger is great mixture of beautiful, beautiful visual style and great performances from the actors. Visually still pictures works well with beautiful black&white camerawork.
1109 8.3 8.119. 8 1/2 (1963)
Marcello Mastroianni plays Guido Anselmi, a director whose new project is collapsing around him, along with his life. One of the greatest films about film ever made, Federico Fellini’s 8½ (Otto e mezzo) turns one man’s artistic crisis into a grand epic of the cinema. An early working title for 8½ was The Beautiful Confusion, and Fellini’s masterpiece is exactly that: a shimmering dream, a circus, and a magic act.
1304 8.5 8.720. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Story of a young woman, Mrs. McBain, who moves from New Orleans to frontier Utah, on the very edge of the American West. She arrives to find her new husband and family slaughtered, but by who? The prime suspect, coffee-lover Cheyenne, befriends her and offers to go after the real killer, assassin gang leader Frank, in her honor. He is accompanied by Harmonica on his quest to get even. Get-rich-quick subplots and intricate character histories intertwine with such artistic flair that this could in fact be the movie-to-end-all-movies.
Sergio Leone made bunch of westerns in his film career, most of them in the 60s. Once Upon a Time in the West is his greatest masterpiece from that century and no wonder why this ended up in this list. Chan-wook Park is perfect example of modern teller of vengeance stories and Sergio Leone is perfect example to show what Park has done wrong. Once Upon a Time in the West is vengeance story in its ultimate meaning. Story is absolutely marvellous and Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda are both excellent in their roles. Morricone's music is again great.
228 8 7.821. L'Eclisse (1962)
In the suburb of Rome, the translator Vittoria breaks her engagement with her boyfriend, the writer Riccardo, after a troubled night. Vittoria goes to downtown to meet her mother, who is addicted in Stock Market, and she meets the broker Piero in a day of crash in the Stock Market. The materialist Piero and the absent Vittoria begins a monosyllabic relationship.
Grande finale for Antonioni's trilogy. Plot handles everyday problems of modern society in the most touching way with the uncertain affair of Piero (Alain Delon) and Vittoria (Monica Vitti). Again, every screencap could be hanged on the wall.
444 7.8 7.722. Contempt (1963)
On Capri, an Italian crew makes a German film of Homer's "Odyssey"; Fritz Lang directs with American money. Jeremy Prokosch, the producer, with his sneer and his red Alfa Romeo, holds art films in contempt and hires writer Javal to help Lang commercialize the picture. Against this backdrop, we watch the breakup of Javal's marriage to Camille, a young former typist. It opens with the couple talking in bed, she asking for assurance that he finds her attractive. Later that day, he introduces her to Prokosch and, unawares, blunders unforgivably. The rest of the film portrays her, in their apartment and in public, expressing her hurt and change of heart and his slow grasp of the source of her contempt.
269 8.2 7.823. La Notte (1961)
In Milan, after visiting dear friend Tommaso Garani that is terminal in a hospital, the writer Giovanni Pontano goes to a party for the release of his last book, and his wife Lydia Pontano visits the place where she lived many years ago. In the night, they go to a night-club, and later to a party in the mansion of the tycoon Mr. Gherardini. Along the night, Giovanni flirts with Valentina Gherardini, the daughter of the host, and then he receives a proposal to work for him in the area of communication and write the history of his company. Meanwhile, Lydia flirts with the playboy Roberto.
56 8.7 7.124. The Sun in a Net (1962)
Oldrich "Fajolo" Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blažejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally-volunteer summer work camp at a farm, actually mandated by the authorities, which inspires both him and Bela to start a relationship with someone else. A parallel story peels layers off Bela's permanently tense home life marked by her blind mother's (Eliška Nosáľová) studied helplessness, and her father's (Andrej Vandlík) revealed infidelity and past break with his father (Adam Jančo) who happens to live in the village where Fajolo is finding some consolation in the arms of a fellow student-volunteer Jana (Oľga Šalagová). As Fajolo begins to pry into Bela's grandfather's secrets, she, in turn, allows her new boyfriend Peťo (Ľubo Roman) to read and deride Fajolo's discursive and indirectly remorseful letters from the farm.
2350 8.5 925. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Blondie (Clint Eastwood) and Tuco (Eli Wallach) are gunmen who admire each other professionally but dislike each other personally. Encountering a group of dying soldiers, Tuco learns the location of the graveyard where a Confederate treasure is buried, while Blondie learns the identity of the exact grave. Joined by mercenary drifter Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef), they cross the desert, each of the desperadoes knowing half the secret and each focusing his squinty eyes on the $200,000 bounty.
312 8.4 826. Ivan's Childhood (1962)
12-year old Ivan works as a spy at the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers try to take care of this boy-child.
Ivan's Childhood was the first movie that I saw from Andrei Tarkovsky. Tarkovsky's debut is one of the most convincing debuts ever. There is only few movies when World War II has looked as beautiful as it looks in Tarkovsky's masterpiece. This film also includes one of the greatest child actor performances.
422 8.7 8.127. Andrei Rublev (1966)
Andrei Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions.
Every movie from Tarkovksy is massive. Andrei Rublev is definitely not an exception in that rule, Andrei Rublev might be the one movie that made that rule in everybody's mind in the end. Religious themes touch deep inside with its beautiful story.
3102 8.3 8.628. Psycho (1960)
Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. She has to meet her lover Sam in lunch breaks and they cannot get married because Sam has to give most of his money away in alimony. One Friday Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and start a new life, Marion leaves town and heads towards Sam's California store. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into The Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man called Norman who seems to be dominated by his mother.
Psycho was my second movie to watch from Hitchcock. And what a way to start with that master! It is funny that this movie hasn't lost any of its power in 50 years. Truly terrifying and surprising, loveable in many ways. Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh are marvellous in their roles.
272 7.9 7.729. Kes (1969)
Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes.
I surely haven't seen too many British films but Kes is, by this far, one of my favorites from there. Little David Bradley is memorable child actor in his role. It was also nice to see a little football match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. As a little side note, I'm huge Spurs fan and so the match was extremely nice to watch - eventhough the match was played by boys in the gym class.
152 8.5 7.830. I Am Cuba (1964)
Four vignettes in Batista's Cuba dramatize the need for revolution; long, mobile shots tell almost wordless stories. In Havana, Maria faces shame when a man who fancies her discovers how she earns her living. Pedro, an aging peasant, is summarily told that the land he farms has been sold to United Fruit. A university student faces down a crowd of swaggering U.S. sailors and then watches friends shot by police when they try to distribute a pro-Castro leaflet. The war arrives on the doorstep of peasants Mariano, Amelia, and their four children when Batista's forces bomb the hills. Mariano wants peace, so he seeks out the guerrillas to join the fight.
Every film that I've watched from Kalatozov has been masterpiece. His The Cranes Are Flying is one my all time favorites. There is no doubt about it, Kalatazov is one of the greatest directors ever on this planet. His remarkable camerawork is one of his trademarks and in Soy Cuba camerawork is again visually exceptional. Propaganda hits hard and Kalatozov won't lent a viewer to go easily.
37 8.3 7.531. Death by Hanging (1968)
A documentary-like opening introduces a death chamber where an execution is about to take place. Inexplicably, the man to be executed, an ethnic Korean known only as R, survives hanging but loses his memory. The officials who witness the hanging debate how to proceed, as the law could be interpreted as forbidding execution of an individual who does not recognize their crime and its punishment. They decide that they must persuade R to accept guilt by reminding him of his crimes - at this point the film moves into a highly theatricalized film-within-a-film structure.
182 7.7 732. Theorem (1968)
Terence Stamp plays a mysterious figure who appears in the lives of a typical bourgeois Italian family. He engages in sexual affairs with all members of the household: the devoutly religious maid, the sensitive son, the sexually repressed mother, the timid daughter and, finally, the tormented father. The stranger gives unstintingly of himself, asking nothing in return. Then one day he leaves, as suddenly and mysteriously as he came. The subsequent void created forces each family member to confront what was previously concealed by the trappings of bourgeois life.
I'm not a great fan of Pasolini's production during the 70s but every (which still isn't too many) film I've seen from 60s by him, I've truly loved. Teorema is a poetic masterpiece from Pasolini which cannot let anyone down. Religious themes are present again. Three more reason to love this film are Silvana Mangano, Terence Stamp and Laura Betti.
202 8.2 7.833. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
The film follows Marie (Wiazemsky), a shy farm girl, and her beloved donkey Balthazar, through many years. As Marie grows up the pair become separated, but the film traces both their fates as they continue to live a parallel existence, continually taking abuse of all forms from the people they encounter. The donkey has several owners, all of whom exploit it, some with more kindness than cruelty. In the end, both suffer ignominious fates, often at the hands of the same people. They do differ, though, in that Marie's fate remains unclear, whereas the donkey's is clear.
I haven's seen to many films by Robert Bresson but still by now I can tell that there is something bigger than 'special' in this guy. Now during the listing project, I have seen only A Man Escaped alongside with Au Hasard Balthazar and these both are definitely masterpieces. Story that is told in Au Hasard Balthazar handles everyday-problems in the most beautiful way. The story is quite minimalist but still it is huge with all its errand. Audio visually this is definitely exceptional. Balthazar is a great character and it is shown quite beautifully.
197 7.8 7.734. Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the sixties with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and cameos by Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina.
Almost documentaric style but still fictional plot gives shows surely the skills of Agnés Varda. Plot is absolutely beautiful and black&white gives all its support for the visual beauty for the film. Corinne Marchand in the leading role is great and it is also fun to see little roles from Godard and Karina in their film within a film love story.
44 7.6 7.435. Salvatore Giuliano (1962)
In 1950, 28-year-old outlaw Salvatore Giuliano is found gunned down in a Sicilian courtyard. Little is as it seems. The film moves back and forth between the late 1940s, when Giuliano and other reprobates were recruited by separatist politicians to do their fighting, and the days leading up to and following Giuliano's death. After Sicily's self-rule is declared, will the outlaws be pardoned as promised? And why does Giuliano order his gang to fire on a peaceful May Day rally? Police, Carabinieri, and Mafia have their uses for him. There's a trial after his death: will the truth come out or does the code of silence help protect those in power?
This is not only story of a one man. Actually this is anything but story of a one man. This film is cruel portrait of Sicilian animosity. Salvatore Giuliano is more like a ghost on the background than a badass who is to blame on everything that happens in the film. Atmosphere is cruel and whole film is quite overwhelmingly beautiful.
2304 8.3 8.636. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Wo... (1964)
U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely and utterly mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. The U.S. president meets with his advisors, where the Soviet ambassador tells him that if the U.S.S.R. is hit by nuclear weapons, it will trigger a "Doomsday Machine" which will destroy all plant and animal life on Earth. Peter Sellers portrays the three men who might avert this tragedy: British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the only person with access to the demented Gen. Ripper; U.S. President Merkin Muffley, whose best attempts to divert disaster depend on placating a drunken Soviet Premier and the former Nazi genius Dr. Strangelove, who concludes that "such a device would not be a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be all too obvious". Will the bombers be stopped in time, or will General Jack Ripper succeed in destroying the world?
I ended up picking Dr. Strangelove because of its effort it made in me back then when I saw this film at the first time. Dr. Strangelove, as it is said briefly, was that film to convince me the skills of Kubrick after A Clockwork Orange. Political satire works more than well. Story of the movie is adorable and Peter Sellers rocks in his triple role.
100 7.6 7.237. Blood and Black Lace (1964)
At Christiana Haute Couture, the models are very beautiful, but they harbor ugly secrets of drug addiction, past abortions, and forbidden loves. Intending blackmail, Isabella has recorded all of their scandals in a secret diary. When she is brutally slain by a faceless killer, her diary falls into other hands – but no one who comes in contact with the diary is safe from her murderer, who wishes its contents to remains unknown!
118 7.8 6.838. Zazie dans le metro (1960)
When the mother of Zazie comes to Paris to meet her lover, she leaves her daughter with her uncle Gabriel. However the reckless and uncontrollable nephew leaves Gabriel's apartment and decides to visit Paris by subway. However the employees are on strike and the runaway girl gets Gabriel into trouble in a chaotic Paris.
320 8.1 839. The Virgin Spring (1960)
Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the sombre, powerful fable of peasant parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by swineherds after her half sister has invoked a pagan curse. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.
This something quite different from I've seen from Ingmar Bergman. It might be the story, which bases on Swedish folk lore which isn't the most child friendly. Basing on my beliefs after seeing nine films from Swedish master, I've learned that his movies can be quite cruel. Even so, The Virgin Spring takes that cruelty in totally different spheres. Cruelty is beautiful and so is the whole movie as well.
180 8.4 840. Red Beard (1965)
A testament to the goodness of humankind, Akira Kurosawa’s Red Beard (Akahige) chronicles the tumultuous relationship between an arrogant young doctor and a compassionate clinic director. Toshiro Mifune, in his last role for Kurosawa, gives a powerhouse performance as the dignified yet empathic director who guides his pupil to maturity, teaching the embittered intern to appreciate the lives of his destitute patients. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of 19th-century Japan, Kurosawa weaves a fascinating tapestry of time, place, and emotion.
365 8 7.541. A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
Angela, a striptease artist, wants to have a baby and tries to persuade her boyfriend Emile to go along with the idea. Emile will have none of it so she goes after Emile's friend Alfred.
A Woman is a Woman (Une femme est une femme) represents Godard at his funniest. Anna Karina is absolutely brilliant in her role - so brilliant that this movie wouldn't be anything without her. Smiley atmosphere is always present in this cheerful movie with all the colours.
661 8.1 8.142. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Psychological realism and foul language: George and Martha are as far from the bourgeois 1950s perfect married couple as you can get, alternatively badgering, berating, abusing and loving each other, both alone and accompanied by the naive young married couple that have come over for a nightcap. The fun and games in which George and Martha involve Nick and Honey are a lacerating look at the older couple's existence, where the emotional brutalizing fill an unspeakable void at their center, and a troubling preview of what the younger couple's life could become. Combines the banal, the vulgar and the poetic.
I love the book and I really like the film too. Stormy relationship between Martha and George is something beautiful to watch. Plot is genius and dramatical black&white shooting works well. Elizabeth Taylor is brilliant in her role and Richard Burton ain't that bad as well is his role.
580 8.2 8.443. Yojimbo (1961)
Sanjuro Kuwabatake is a samurai without a master, drifting without any specific destination. He arrives in a small village, dominated by two lords: Seibei, who produces silk, and Ushitora, who produces sake. Both of them explore gambling, and uses fugitive gangster for the protection of their business. They are constantly fighting against each other. Sanjuro offers his service of bodyguard for both of them and waits for the best offer.
Kurosawa's Yojimbo is way much cooler with all those samurai battles than Leone's remake, Fistful of Dollars. Atmosphere is also better and original story is more exciting. Toshirô Mifune in the leading role is again more than just excellent in the hands of Kurosawa.
1394 8 8.444. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1960. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Many of the townspeople try to get Atticus to pull out of the trial, but he decides to go ahead. How will the trial turn out - and will it change any of the racial tension in the town?
225 8.3 8.145. Army of Shadows (1969)
This masterpiece by Jean-Pierre Melville about the French Resistance went unreleased in the United States for thirty-seven years, until its triumphant theatrical debut in 2006. Atmospheric and gripping, Army of Shadows is Melville’s most personal film, featuring Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and the incomparable Simone Signoret as intrepid underground fighters who must grapple with their conception of honor in their battle against Hitler’s regime.
630 8 7.846. Jules and Jim (1962)
Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, legendary director François Truffaut’s early masterpiece Jules and Jim charts the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession over the course of twenty-five years. Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the alluring and willful young woman whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash upon its release in 1962 and remains as audacious and entrancing today.
587 8.1 8.147. The Wild Bunch (1969)
A few months before World War I, an aging band of outlaws led by Pike Bishop rob a Texas bank intent on using the money to retire. When the robbery goes wrong, the gang is forced to flee to Mexico with Bishop's reformed ex-partner, Deke Thornton, in hot pursuit. With nothing to show for the failed robbery, Bishop's gang agrees to steal a shipment of guns for General "Mapache" Juerta, to restore their fortunes. With Thornton closing in, and their association with the evil Juerta trying their conscience, Bishop and co. prepare for their lawless past to catch up with them.
172 8.1 7.748. The Great Silence (1968)
Bounty killers led by Loco prey on outlaws hiding out in the snowbound Nevada mountains. After Pauline's husband becomes Loco's latest victim, she hires a gunman for revenge; Silence, mute since his throat was cut as a child.
I've always liked westerns and when I found this movie, not so long ago, I couldn't help myself loving this film. One absolutely lovely element of this film is that totally different milieu in the middle of snowy mountains. The second lovely element of the film is all the characters from Kinski's Loco to Trintignant's Silence. The third lovely thing in this movie is that kick-ass atmosphere.
121 7.9 7.749. Two Women (1960)
Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter, Rosetta, flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second world war. They travel to the village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village, the mother does everything to protect Rosetta. During their stay in the village, a young intellectual, Michele falls in love with Cesira who does not know how to reply to the advances of such a gentleman. Extremely cruel events rattles Cesira but Rosetta is even more lost in the end.
354 7.1 6.650. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.
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