Experts consider the 1960s as the decade in which Hollywood produced some of the most interesting, and artistically valuable films of all times. It was the last decade before “blockbusters” took center stage. And for a lot of us, it was a time when we were young, movie-going was our primary form of entertainment, and the iconic movies of that time stayed with us long after the credits rolled.
I must have seen “The Graduate” at least four times. I remember seeing Butch Cassidy, first at the downtown Loew’s and then stretched out on the hood of my Dad’s Chevy at the Main Street Drive In. And most memorable, sitting through the 4, 6, and 8 p.m. showings of “Easy Rider” with the long-haired boy whom my parents were horrified I was dating (granted the company was as likely to have made it as memorable as was the image of Fonda and Hopper on their choppers).
Regardless of whether specific movies of the 60s stand out for you because of their true excellence or because they evoke memories of earlier years, many of those films have firmly stood the test of time.
So, we hope you will join us this season as we offer six of what are considered among the best of 1960s cinema. We tried to select a series that would ultimately highlight the range of movie storytelling during that decade as well as still have a germane message for today. All shows are at 2 p.m
“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”: Thursday, Nov 10 and Saturday, Nov. 12; “Goldfinger” : Thursday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 10; “Dr. Strangelove”: Thursday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan. 14; “Charade”: Thursday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, Feb. 11; “The Manchurian Candidate”: Thursday March 9 and Saturday, March 11 and “The Graduate”: Thursday, April 13 and Saturday, April 15.
In addition, we are delighted to also report that Dr. Jon Cavallero, Associate Professor and Chair of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, Bates College, worked with us on selecting this year’s films and, more importantly, will be joining us again this year with pre-film video or in-person commentaries. On the occasions when Jon is with us, he will stay for a Q&A session. And even though we will not be looking for Alfred Hitchcock’s cameos, we will again provide trivia fun-fact sheets. Finally, as you may have noticed in the dates above, we have added an additional showing on Saturday afternoon for those who work or prefer a weekend matinee.
So we hope you will brighten this year’s winter months by joining us as Butch and Etta bicycle ride while “Raindrops Keep Falling,” Mrs. Robinson attempts to seduce Benjamin, Audrey Hepburn tries to figure out just who Cary Grant is, and many more well-loved movie moments in-between.