Tag Archives: 1960s

A Taste Of Blood (1967) Herschell Gordon Lewis, Bill Rogers, Elizabeth Wilkinson, William Kerwin

A Taste Of Blood (1967)
Mild-mannered Miami businessman, John Stone, receives a parcel from England containing two old bottles of Slivovitz brandy and upon drinking them both, becomes a vampire. Stone uses his new-found vampire powers to keep his wife, Helena, in a trance as he travels to England to kill the descendants of Van Helsing whom murdered Count Dracula while Hesling’s distant relative, Howard Helsing, pursues Stone with the intent to put the re-born vampire to rest for good.
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Pote tin Kyriaki / Never on Sunday (1960) Jules Dassin, Melina Mercouri, Jules Dassin, Giorgos Foundas

Pote tin Kyriaki (1960)
Illia is Piraeus’s most popular person: an energetic prostitute, full of life and good humor. Every day, she swims at the pier, entertaining the dock hands. Sundays she has an open house with food, drink and song. Homer Thrace, an amateur philosopher from Middletown, Conn., arrives in town to find out why Greece has fallen from ancient greatness. He decides Illia is a symbol of that fall, so he sets out to study and to save her. Unknown to Illia, he gets the money for the books and all else he gives her from Mr. No Face, the local vice boss who wants Illia retired because her independence gives other whores ideas. Whose spirit is stronger: Homer’s classical ideal or Illia’s?
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L’isola di Arturo / Arturo’s Island (1962) Damiano Damiani, Vanni De Maigret, Key Meersman, Reginald Kernan

L'isola di Arturo (1962)
Arturo is a teenage boy who lives alone on an island. His mother died when he was born, and his father is always away. From time to time, Arturo’s father comes to see him, but only too soon leaves him again. He seems not to appreciate his son at all, but, nevertheless, Arturo adores his father. One day, Arturo’s father arrives with his second wife, Nunciata, a seventeen-year-old girl with whom Arturo soon falls in love…
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Danger: Diabolik (1968) Mario Bava, John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli

Danger Diabolik (1968)
In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend…who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the “hero” of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos.
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Alfie (1966) Lewis Gilbert, Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin

Alfie (1966)
For Alfie, the only real life is sex life; only then can he kid himself he is living. Sex is not used as the working-class boy’s way to ‘the top’. Executive status has no appeal for Alfie. Nor has class mobility. He is quite content to stay where he is, as long as the ‘birds’ are in ‘beautiful condition’, as he assures us they are in one of the candid, over-the-shoulder asides to the camera which the film carries over from “Tom Jones”. The film shows how much of the ‘swinging 60’s’ quality of London life was a male creation, and through the dominance of the fashion photographers, a male prerogative.
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The April Fools (1969) Stuart Rosenberg, Jack Lemmon, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Lawford

The April Fools (1969)
Newly-promoted if none too happily married Howard Brubaker leaves a rowdy Company party early with the stunning Catherine, whom it turns out is herself unhappily married – to the boss. They spend an innocent night in New York becoming more and more attracted to each other, so that when Catherine announces she intends to leave her husband and return to Paris Howard asks to go along too. In the cold light of morning problems and pressures from spouses crowd in.
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The Trouble with Angels (1966) Ida Lupino, Rosalind Russell, Hayley Mills, Binnie Barnes

The Trouble with Angels (1966)
Coming of age story for two girls, Mary Clancy and Rachel Devery, who find themselves as students at the St. Francis Academy, a catholic boarding school for girls. The story spans three years and follows the girls and their many pranks including setting off fire alarms, smoking cigars in the basement and putting bubble baths in the nuns’ sugar bowls. As the girls mature, they gain a greater respect for their teachers and the commitment and devotion required to be a nun, leading one of them to make a life changing decision.
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