Tag Archives: 1960s

Taras Bulba (1962) J. Lee Thompson, Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Christine Kaufmann, Adventure, Drama, History

Taras Bulba (1962)
A “Romeo and Juliet” story that takes place in the late 16c. Ukraine. Taras has settled into comfortable farm life after years of adventures and swashbuckling with his cossack companions. Though not wealthy, he is able to send his son Andrei away to a Polish school. At this time the Poles are overlords of Ukraine and the origin of the cossacks is struggle of the Ukrainian serfs to free themselves and their land of Polish domination. Toward this end Taras hopes that his son will be educated in the ways of the enemy. Instead, Andrei falls in love with the daughter of a Polish nobleman, setting the stage for a clash between love, family honor, and a struggle for national identity.

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Slalom / Snow Job (1965) Luciano Salce, Vittorio Gassman, Adolfo Celi, Daniela Bianchi, Comedy

Slalom (1965)
Lucio (Vittorio Gassman) and his sidekick (Adolfo Celi) accidently gets mixed up with a gang of international counterfeiters in this fast-moving and suspenseful comedy with music from Ennio Morricone. The crooks hope to upset the U.S. economy by flooding the world with bogus bills. Lucio is an overworked businessman who only wants a little rest and relaxation. Instead, he is skiing in Northern Italy on one day and the next day enduring the searing heat in the Egyptian desert.

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Hawaii (1966) George Roy Hill, Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Drama

Hawaii (1966)
During the 1820s, a domineering young minister, Abner Hale (Max von Sydow), and his compassionate wife, Jerusha (Julie Andrews), embark on a dangerous sea voyage to Hawaii. When they arrive, Jerusha befriends the Hawaiian people and embraces their customs and culture, while Abner, intent on converting them to Christianity, views them as pagan savages. Jerusha grows unhappy with her marriage and begins to fall for Rafer Hoxworth (Richard Harris), a past lover.

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Daisatsujin orochi / The Betrayal (1966) Tokuzô Tanaka, Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura, Action, Drama

Daisatsujin orochi AKA The Betrayal (1966)
A naively honorable samurai (played by Raizo) comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers, and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. He takes the blame for the misdeeds of others, with the understanding that he will be exiled for one year and restored to the clan’s good graces after the political situation dies down. As betrayal begins to heap upon betrayal, he realizes he’ll have to live out his life as a master-less ronin, if not hunted down and killed.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966) Richard Lester, Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Comedy, Musical

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero. Of course, it can’t be that simple as everything begins to go wrong.

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Topaz (1969) Alfred Hitchcock, Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Action, Adventure, Thriller

Topaz (1969)
When a Soviet official defects to the United States, he brings with him claims that Russia is using Cuba as a staging ground for nuclear missiles. CIA agent Michael Nordstrom (John Forsythe) enlists the help of French spy André Devereaux (Frédérick Stafford) to find out if the official’s claims are true. Not only do the agents discover that the Soviet’s suspicions are valid, but they also find out that a French spy ring known as “Topaz” is working with the Russians to uncover NATO secrets.

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