Greatest Films of the 1960s
Greatest Films of the 1960s


Greatest Films of the 1960s
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1963

The Birds (1963), 119 minutes, D: Alfred Hitchcock
Another modern Hitchcock thriller/masterpiece - his first film with Universal Studios. Loosely based upon a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, it is the apocalyptic story of a northern California coastal town (Bodega Bay) filled with an onslaught of seemingly unexplained, arbitrary and chaotic attacks of ordinary birds - not birds of prey. Ungrammatical advertising campaigns emphasized: "The Birds Is Coming." The dark film hinted that the bird attacks were punishment for the failings of the relationships between the main characters. This Technicolor feature came after Psycho (1960) - another film filled with 'bird' references. The film's technical wizardry was extraordinary, especially in the film's closing scene (a complex, trick composite shot) - the special visual effects of Ub Iwerks were nominated for an Academy Award (the film's sole nomination), but the Oscar was lost to Cleopatra (1963). Hundreds of birds (gulls, ravens, and crows) were trained for use in some of the scenes, while mechanical birds and animations were employed for others. The film's non-existent musical score was replaced by an electronic soundtrack (including simulated bird cries and wing-flaps), with Hitchcock's favorite composer Bernard Herrmann serving as a sound consultant. Hitchcock introduced a 'fascinating new personality' for the film - his unknown successor to Grace Kelly - a cool, blonde professional model named 'Tippi' Hedren (the mother of Melanie Griffith), in her film debut in a leading role.

Charade (1963), 113 minutes, D: Stanley Donen
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Cleopatra (1963), 243 minutes, D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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8 1/2 (1963, It./Fr.), 135 minutes, D: Federico Fellini
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From Russia With Love (1963, UK), 110 minutes, D: Terence Young
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The Great Escape (1963), 169 minutes, D: John Sturges
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The Haunting (1963, UK), 112 minutes, D: Robert Wise
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High and Low (1963, Jp.) (aka Tengoku to jigoku) (Heaven and Hell), 143 minutes, D: Akira Kurosawa
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Hud (1963), 112 minutes, D: Martin Ritt
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), 192 minutes, D: Stanley Kramer
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The Leopard (1963, It/Fr.) (aka Il Gattopardo), 187 minutes, D: Luchino Visconti
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Lilies of the Field (1963), 94 minutes, D: Ralph Nelson
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The Nutty Professor (1963), 107 minutes, D: Jerry Lewis
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The Pink Panther (1963), 113 minutes, D: Blake Edwards
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The Servant (1963, UK), 112 minutes, D: Joseph Losey
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Shock Corridor (1963), 101 minutes, D: Samuel Fuller
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This Sporting Life (1963, UK), 134 minutes, D: Lindsay Anderson
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Tom Jones (1963, UK), 129 minutes, D: Tony Richardson
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