Tag Archives: 1960s

Ich bin ein Elefant, Madame / I’m an Elephant, Madame (1969) Peter Zadek, Heinz Baumann, Wolfgang Schneider, Guido Baumann, Drama, Comedy

Filmplakat mit Wolfgang Schneider

Filmplakat mit Wolfgang Schneider

Rull (Wolfgang Schneider) is in his last year at a classical German state school. Believing all authority figures are repugnant, he engages in a series of bizarre behaviors. He literally acts like a bull in a china shop, alienates his friends, loses his girlfriend and infuriates his teachers.
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Boulevard (1960) Julien Duvivier, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Monique Brienne, Pierre Mondy, Comedy, Drama

Boulevard (1960)
Jojo has been living for a while in a room under the roof of a block of flats in Pigalle. He has chosen to leave home since he realized his stepmother has hated him from day one. Among his many neighbors in the house is the gorgeous Jenny Dorr, a nightclub dancer,whose lover he dreams of becoming. But as the boy is only sixteen Jenny proves kind and motherly but that’s that. Worse, she becomes the lover of Dicky, a mediocre boxer farting around in the Pigalle cafés. On the other hand, Jojo, who has no income, must absolutely find work, all the more as he woos Marietta, one of his other neighbors, a young lady more suited to his age. Selling magazines works for a while but posing as Narcissus for two gay artists proves a disaster.
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Advise and Consent (1962) Otto Preminger, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Henry Fonda, Drama, Thriller

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Robert Leffingwell is the president’s candidate for Secretary of State. Prior to his approval, he must first go through a Senate investigation to determine if he’s qualified. Leading the Senate committee is idealistic Senator Brig Anderson, who soon finds himself unprepared for the political dirt that’s revealed, including Leffingwell’s past affiliations with a Communist organization. When Leffingwell testifies about his political leanings, he proves his innocence. Later, however, Anderson learns that he lied under oath and even asks the president to withdraw Leffingwell for consideration, especially after the young senator begins receiving blackmail threats about a skeleton in his own closet.
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Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki / When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) Mikio Naruse, Hideko Takamine, Tatsuya Nakadai, Masayuki Mori, Drama

Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (1960)
This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it.
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Blast of Silence (1961) Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Allen Baron, Larry Tucker, Crime, Thriller, Drama

Blast of Silence (1961)
Having been ‘away’ for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate some mid-level mobster. Although intending to avoid unnecessary ‘contact’ while carefully stalking his victim, Bono is recognized by an old fellow from the orphanage, whose calm and unambitious citizen’s life and happy marriage contrast heavily with Bono’s solitary and haunted existence. Exhausted and distracted, Bono makes another mistake, but his contract is not one to back out of.
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Skammen / Shame (1968) Ingmar Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Sigge Fürst, Drama

Skammen (1968)
During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: rebels attack, neighbors die. When the other side restores order, Jan and Eva are arrested as collaborators. After frightening and roughing them up, the local colonel releases them; then he begins appearing at their farmhouse: to talk or to pursue Eva? He gives her money. The rebels return; chaos ensues. Jan becomes violent and murderous; they flee. Can they escape? If so, to what?
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Paris nous appartient / Paris Belongs to Us (1961) Jacques Rivette, Betty Schneider, Giani Esposito, Françoise Prévost, Mystery

Paris nous appartient (1961)
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend’s party where the guests include Philip Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism, and Gerard Lenz, a theatre director who arrives with the mysterious woman Terry. The talk at the party is about the apparent suicide of their friend Juan, a Spanish activist who had recently broken up with Terry. Philip warns Anne that the forces that killed Juan will soon do the same to Gerard. Gerard is trying to rehearse Shakespeare’s “Pericles”, although he has no financial backing. Anne takes a part in the play to help Gerard, and to try to discover why Juan died.
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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) Vincente Minnelli, Glenn Ford, Ingrid Thulin, Charles Boyer, Drama, War

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
In Argentina, the family man Julio Madariaga is the patriarch of his family and considers his farm the paradise on Earth. One of his daughters, Luisa Desnoyers, has married the Frenchman immigrant Marcelo Desnoyers and they have one son, the playboy Julio, and one daughter, the gorgeous student of Sorbonne Chi Chi. His other daughter, Elena von Hartrott, has married the German Karl von Hartrott, and they have three sons: Heinrich, Gustav and Franz. In 1938, Heinrich returns from Germany for a family reunion and when he tells that he has joined the SS, the displeased Julio Madariaga has a heart attack and dies. When France is occupied by the Germans, the family reunites in Paris and Franz is the Nazi administrator in France. The alienated Julio has a studio where he paints, and has a love affair with Marguerite Laurier, the wife of the owner of a newspaper Etienne Laurier that is fighting in Belgium. Meanwhile Chi Chi joins the French resistance and is arrested.
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The Bed Sitting Room (1969) Richard Lester, Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The Bed Sitting Room (1969)
Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, muddy plains, and heaps of dentures and old boots. Patriotically singing “God Save Mrs. Etheyl Shroake, Long Live Mrs. Etheyl Shroake”, they wander through this surrealistic landscape, forever being warned by the police to “keep moving”, and prone to the occasional mutation into a parrot, cupboard, or even, yes, a bed sitting room with “No Wogs” scrawled in the grime on it’s windows. In particular, this story revolves around the odd “love story” of a girl who lives with her parents in one compartment of a London Underground train, the commuter in the next compartment, and the doctor they meet after returning above ground in search of a nurse for the heavily pregnant girl.
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