Wednesday, May 08, 2013

My 100 Favorite Films of the 1960s: 60-41

I think literally one person is interested in this, but as long as she is, I'll just keep doing it.

60. Billy Budd (1962)

59. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Silvia Pinal and Luis Bunuel...

58. 8 1/2 (1963)

57. Viridiana (1961)
...and Silvia Pinal and Luis Bunuel again.

56. Yojimbo (1961)

55. The Misfits (1961)
I do love these fatalistic movies about the ends of American eras which are really about the ends of eras in American filmmaking. These really feels like it shuts the door on 1950s filmmaking.

54. My Life to Live (1962)

53. Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1962)
How I learned to start worrying about American movies a little bit because hardly anyone seems to find this movie funny anymore.

52. Easy Rider (1969)

51. Age of Consent (1969)
I pretty much just want to be James Mason in this movie for the rest of my life, remote island and teenage girlfriend and all. I should've stuck with painting.

50. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

49. The Bride Wore Black (1968)
I love Truffaut's attempt at Hitchcock.

48. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
Another real beauty of production design and cinematography.

47. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

46. Band of Outsiders (1964)

45. Time Piece (1966)
Jim Henson's excellent short film which is sadly not on YouTube in full anymore.

44. Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
Werner Herzog's second film, about mental patients at an asylum who take over--with an all little person cast--is deliriously, disturbingly insane. I've never been able to forget it. This will haunt you, but it's so worth it.

43. Lorna (1964)
Lorna Maitland in this film is my favorite of Russ Meyer's stars. Much more disturbing than sexy, but very good.

42. Simon of the Desert (1965)
Silvia Pinal, Luis Bunuel, I believe you've met...

41. Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Lots of French films in this installment. And Spanish and German and Italian... European cinema was really where it was at this decade.

Tomorrow: the second to last installment.

1 comment:

Roger Owen Green said...

Hey, I'M interested. I just didn't see many movies before 1969, when I saw all 5 of the Oscar-nominated films. In this group, only Easy Rider.