The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
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Good Movies 1968
The Producers - Directed by Mel Brooks and starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn and Kenneth Mars. Two losers decide to create a Broadway flop and keep the money they drummed up to produce it. Springtime for Hitler in Germany. That title was originally the title of the movie that Mel Brooks wanted, but movie execs put a damper on it. A few weeks before release they thought it over and decided to use it. But it was too late as the trailers and posters had already been printed. It also made a star of Gene Wilder.
Barbarella - A critical and financial bomb by producer Dino De Laurentiis the movie subsequently gained legs as a high camp classic when it came out on Video in 1977. Directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda (who married Vadim after the filming.) It was the first erotic Scifi movie of its kind. It also starred Anita Pallengerg who was carrying Keith Richards' first child at the time. The movie did have an immediate cult following of counter culture young people who were so stoned they were unsure where they were or what they were seeing.
Once Upon a Time in the West - Director Sergio Leone begins another three part epic with this spaghetti western starring Henry Fonda as an evil hired gun and Charles Bronson is the good man with the harmonica, Claudia Cardinale as the good onetime prostitute and Jason Robards as the good outlaw. Though not a critical or box office hit when it came to America in 1969 it became another classic by Leone. Most remember Henry Fonda's character coldly murdering the 8 year old boy at the beginning of the movie. The last in this trilogy was also a success with One Upon a Time in America with Robert De Niro.
The Love Bug - A Walt Disney production starring Dean Jones, Carole Bennett, Buddy Hackett and of course Herbie as the sentient Volkswagen Beetle. It was a bigger hit for Volkswagen than Disney as the car became a cultural phenomenon. The Love Bug was the first of five successful movies starring Herbie.
New Movies 1968
B Movies 1968
Night of the Living Dead - The top B movie of all time. Director George Romero made this black-and-white horror classic for $114,000. It grossed $30 million. Romero went on to direct five more sequels. It was the first of the zombie cannibal movies and became most famous for its graphic depiction of eating human entrails.
Gamera and Mothra: Earth Defense War
Destroy All Monsters
Entertainment News 1968
Beatle's animated film Yellow Submarine premieres in London
Motion Picture Association of America adopts film rating system
40th Academy Awards postponed to Apr 10th due to death of Martin Luther King
Academy Awards 1968
Top Box Office 1968
Rosemary's Baby - Screenplay and Directed by Roman Polanski from the Ira Levin novel of the 1967. This horror film starred Mia Farrow as the young mother of the son of Satan conceived with the help of her husband John Cassavetes, warlock Ralph Bellamy and witch Ruth Gordon who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress.
Planet of the Apes - A box office hit Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner from the book by the French novelist Pierre Boulle. Starring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evan, James Whitmore and James Daly. Makeup by John Chambers. Astronaut Heston crashes on a planet where the dominant intelligence are apes only to find that it is not another planet but Earth far in the future. Roddy McDowall also starred in all four of the sequels. Rod Sterling was one of the screen writers and is responsible for the good Twilight Zone ending.
The Odd Couple - Director Gene Saks makes a movie of Neil Simon's Broadway play of two bachelors, a slob and a clean freak, living together in a New York apartment. Starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon (who replaced Art Carney) it did well at the box office spinning off the more popular television series in 1970 starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
Valley of the Dolls - The Jacqueline Susann novel came to film. Directed by Mark Robson and starring Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate and Patty Duke. The critics hated it though it became a box office hit. "Dolls" referred to prescription drugs at the time. It was re-released in 1969 after Sharon Tate was murdered and was once again a box office hit.
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