1960s Film

Movie musings about the stars and films of the 1960s. Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities – forget about your worries and your strife.

In Review: The Misfits (1961) re-released

by Daniel Goodwin 12 June 2015

It is understandable how the stories and controversy surrounding a film’s production can contribute to the way it’s eventually perceived when released. John Huston’s The Misfits (re-released this week) is famous for being the final film of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe before their untimely deaths, along with the on-set complications of Gable’s complaints about […]

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Old Hollywood: Sidney Poitier and the Civil Rights Era

by Linsey Satterthwaite 20 February 2015

Cinema has always been seen as a mirror to society, the changes, the fears, the angers and the themes of a nation are often represented and reflected on the big screen as a window to political and cultural shifts. Selma, a film based on the 1965 voting march led by Martin Luther King, recently landed in […]

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In Review: The Comedy of Terrors (1963) on Blu-ray

by Maryann O'Connor 19 February 2015

The Comedy of Terrors (1963) stars the king of sardonically delivered horror ham Vincent Price and his esteemed cohorts Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff as hunter and the hunted; Waldo Trumbull (Price) is running a failing funeral directors and John Black (Rathbone) is the creditor about to repossess his assets. Price decides to kill […]

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Old Hollywood: Sophia Loren, Sunflower and Sex Appeal

by Linsey Satterthwaite 30 January 2015

Many actors/actresses use the method, a form of intense training to delve into the feelings and the emotions of the character they are portraying and, if possible, drawing on personal memories to enhance the performance. One actress who almost transcended the notion of the method was Sophia Loren, such was the embodiment of the characters […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: Eyes Without a Face (1960)

by Maryann O'Connor 14 November 2014

Mark Searby takes a look at the 1960 Italian-French horror Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face). More New Empress Magazine Video Blogs 

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East Finchley Phoenix Cinema commemorates WWI centenary and work of Richard Attenborough

by Maryann O'Connor 25 September 2014

East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema quite rightly chose to mark the centenary of WWI, the passing of Richard Attenborough and the open house weekend to showcase its beautiful 1910 building (at its opening the cinema was known as The Picturedrome) and a screening of the 1969 tour de force, Oh! What a Lovely War, a film […]

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In Review: The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray

by Ben Nicholson 22 July 2014

It is lamentable that the intricately choreographed joy of Jacques Tati’s cinematic directorial career only extended for a total of six features and a handful of shorts. It is equally unfortunate that many modern audience members are as likely to have heard of his onscreen persona, M. Hulot, than the towering genius behind him. In […]

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In Review: If (1968) on Blu-ray

by Mark Searby 25 June 2014

A self styled band of Public School Boys, calling themselves “The Crusaders”, rebel against their institutional brutality in 60’s Britain.

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Nell Dunn, Ken Loach and Up the Junction (1965)

by Maryann O'Connor 13 June 2014

Nell Dunn wrote Up the Junction, her first book, based upon her experiences and overheard conversation while living in 1960s Battersea. The reception of her work was such that she was asked to adapt her work for inclusion in the BBC’s The Wednesday Play series by the young Kenneth Loach, as he was then titled.

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In Review: Justine (1969) on DVD

by Mairéad Roche 21 May 2014

Released in 1969, Justine is set amongst the Coptic Christian elite of Alexandria, Egypt in 1938 on the cusp of the British withdrawal from the country. Justine (Anouk Aimée) is the exotic wife of Coptic banker Nessim (John Vernon) who seamlessly moves between the upper echelons of Alexandrian society and through the working class streets, […]

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In Review: The Killers (1964) on Blu-ray

by Christina Newland 26 February 2014

Lee Marvin and his lackey, clad in sharp suits and dark sunglasses, stride into a home for the blind, where they proceed to take out a hit to which they’ve been mysteriously assigned. Before the film is through, a long line of people have been slugged in the face, dangled out a window, or nearly […]

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