The Weekly Discussion: The 60s in Cinema

I’m starting a new feature here at Southern Vision called The Weekly Discussion, in which I will introduce a subject (and an accompanying poll) for the reader to talk about/discuss, in the comments or simply by voting in the poll. You don’t have to stick to the subject either, you can say whatever you like about whatever you think might be relative to movies in general. Basically, it’s a place to come together each week to talk about and express their views on a movie-related subject. This week it is…

The 60s in Cinema!

What have you got to say about the swingin’ 60s? What’s your favourite movie of the 60s? What, if anything, do you have to say about cinema in this glorious era? Anything is welcome, feel free to bring up any comments or opinions about this cinematic time, no matter what they are. Opinion is not only welcome, it’s preferred!

This week’s poll is… Who do you think was the most influential director during the 60s?

Go ahead, please vote, even if you’ve only seen one or two of the films of these directors, it doesn’t matter. Different people’s opinions make for a wide variety of answers, and that’s much better than everyone just picking the same one. Be different. Be honest.

So… comment time! Who wants to start the discussion?


About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on June 21, 2011, in Filmmakers, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. of all the movies i’ve seen from the directors in your poll and from what i remember from film school i’ve got to go with godard. hitchcock was pretty much done by psycho in 1960 and whilst truffaut made the first of the french new wave movies it was, for me at least, the articles and early films of godard that inspired an entire generation of filmmakers all around the world. and continues to do the same today. i will admit to having not seen much of bergman but from what i remember of interviews with scorsese and other prominent directors of the New Hollywood of the time he played a large role in inspiring them (apart from spielberg and lucas from what i remember!) it was like godard was their gateway drug to a new style of film making and bergman took them deeper.

    i think perhaps my current personal favourite of 60’s cinema might be melville and more specifically le samourai, that movie is a whole bundle of amazing – mood, cinematography, music, performance from alain delon, story – it’s influence is still felt in hitmen movies even today

    • Interesting. I don’t want to say what I voted for so as not to influence anyone else who might not have voted yet, but you raise a very valid point. I tried to get into Melville a couple of years ago, but it didn’t really work out. Perhaps I need to revisit him. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Good to see a taelnt at work. I can’t match that.

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