Ah, the ‘60s: Presidential assassinations, flagrant drug use, The Beatles, the mini-skirt, the Civil Rights Movement, and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley, among other things.
Some of those other things were films—great films. And like everything great, they possess a distinct sense of timelessness and immortality. Not bad immortality, like zombies or cockroaches you slap with a shoe three times and they still run away—I’m talking the-eternal-cuteness-of-puppies type of immortality; the everlasting, enduring, deathless, good forever immortality. Amazing art that just won’t go away. Here are 6 films that were great then and even better now
Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock (1960): The trailer for Psycho is six tantalizing minutes long and still manages to reveal less about the plot than the two-minute trailers of today. And the intro quote, ‘And in this house, the most dire, horrible events took place,’ is possibly the most enticing piece of promo script ever written.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Blake Edwards (1961): Ain’t nothin like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (or Hepburn in general) to make you feel like a class-less, tracksuit-clad, Netflix-bingeing, 21st-century pig. Her and the Czech cinematographer Franz Planer who was responsible for shooting the film, of course.
Cleopatra by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1963): Starring Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra and depicting one of the most OG love triangles that there ever was, Cleopatra is the story of the inventor of mascara’s relationship with two horny Romans: Julius Ceaser and Mark Antony. Four Oscars. Ancient history never looked so good.
Goldfinger by Guy Hamilton (1964): Sean Connery is not Bond, Bond is Sean Connery.
The Graduate by Mike Nichols (1967): Whether you take it as a triumphant tale of youth and discovery or a dreary depiction of infidelity, The Graduate is a timeless piece from ’67 and is just as relevant as ever. Here’s to you, Mrs Robinson
The Sound Of Music by Robert Wise (1965): The opening scene features someone running through nature and breaking into song, and, for me, this is the embodiment of freedom and the antithesis of COVID-19. Here’s to running around on hills and singing in 2021.