Monday, March 4, 2013

1960's movie column

By: Lexi Martin
  The 1960’s was a time for change. When I think of that time I think of Woodstock, the Civil Rights Movement, and the war in Vietnam. Movies from that time were also transforming. Films such as “The Apartment” and “West Side Story” because it shows how people are becoming more open-minded and more acceptant in general but especially music and different races. New actors and actresses were popping into the silver screen while the classics were in the rearview. Welcome to the “Swingin’ Sixties”, a time that will always be remembered.

   There was a much wider variety of movies to pick from in this decade than the previous one. For example, you can sit down and watch “The Virgin Spring,” a title that you wouldn’t think about hearing in the innocent ‘50s. In the ‘60s you could choose from titles such as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based off the book by Harper Lee. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” erupted onto the silver screen about a secretary in her thirties who steals a fortune from her boss and encounters a young motel land owner who is dominated by his mother. “The Graduate” proves the loss of innocence in the 60’s when Dustin Hoffman’s character had an affair with a married woman in her forties and then falls in love with her daughter. Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson!

   New actors and actresses were growing bigger and bigger. This is when you began hearing about names that are still well-known today, such as: Paul Newman, John Wayne, Natalie Wood, and Jane Fonda. Although popular names from the previous decade were still in the news (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Katharine Hepburn), they were falling behind. 

   The 60’s were a time of originals, the ones that they adapt for remakes now. For instance, “Ocean’s Eleven” came out and they didn’t make a hundred sequels to it, it stood out on its own. The original “Planet of the Apes,” directed by Franklin J. Schaffner was by far the best version of it. “Romeo and Juliet” starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey was the first movie based on the classic romantic tragedy by William Shakespeare. “West Side Story,” starring Natalie Wood, was based on the same plot. The 1960’s was when you began hearing about James Bond through a massive amount of movies about him. “The Magnificent Seven” made its debut in 1960 and is about a suppressed Mexican village that assembles seven gunfighters to defend their homes.  These are just a few of the originals that came out in that decade.

   The 1960’s were an important time in history all around. The music and the movies were all accustomed to changing with the times, just as it has through the years, and just as it always will. Movies from the 1960’s are a wonderful new experience and one that everyone should feel.

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