1961-1970

Kenjirô Morinaga – Shiosai AKA The Sound of Waves (1964)

Lonely youth Shinji meets Hatsue, a pretty pearl diver, on the beach and the two fall in love. But Shinji has a rival for Hatsue’s affections, Yasuo. Yasuo spreads unpleasant gossip about his rival, and Hatsue’s father forbids her to see Shinji. But when the boy saves the passengers on a boat owned by Hatsue’s father, his luck in love begins to change. Read More »

Viktor Ivchenko – Lisova pisnya AKA The song of the forest (1961)

Quote:
Mavka, a water nymph, loves Lukash, a country youth. Their brief happiness ends when Lukash is forced to marry the shrewish Kilina. The Spirit of the Forest turns Lukash into a wolf as punishment for his infidelity. The strength of Mavka’s love breaks the spell, but Kilina curses the nymph, transforming her into a weeping willow. Read More »

Octavio Getino & Fernando E. Solanas – La hora de los hornos AKA The Hour of the Furnaces (1968)

Nicole Brenez for BFI wrote:
Made in Argentina in 1968, The Hour of the Furnaces (La hora de los hornos) is the film that established the paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema. “For the first time,” said one of its writers, Octavio Getino, “we demonstrated that it was possible to produce and distribute a film in a non-liberated country with the specific aim of contributing to the political process of liberation.” The film is not just an act of courage, it’s also a formal synthesis, a theoretical essay and the origin of several contemporary image practices. Read More »

Georges Lautner – La route de Salina AKA Road to Salina (1970)

Quote:
A drifter in his 20s, having just walked 10 miles through the desert, comes upon a diner/filling station and helps himself to the water pump; the diner’s proprietress, an older woman–possibly mad–welcomes the young man in believing him to be her long-lost son Rocky, a volatile kid who apparently left his mother and sister four years ago after a family row. Unpredictable bughouse melodrama, a French-Italian co-production shot in the Canary Islands, which lends to the story’s netherworld atmosphere. Well-directed by Georges Lautner, who also co-adapted the screenplay with Jack Miller and Pascal Jardin, from the novel “Sur la Route de Salina” by Maurice Cury. Read More »

George Roy Hill – The World of Henry Orient (1964)

Synopsis:
Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) is a madly egocentric and overly amorous avant-garde concert pianist who is hilariously pursued all around New York City by two fourteen-year-old fans. The girls, Valarie “Val” Campbell Boyd (Tippy Walker) and Marian “Gil” Gilbert (Merrie Spaeth) chase a harassed Henry all over the city, thwarting his afternoon liaisons with a married woman and leaving utter chaos behind them – until Val’s sexually promiscuous mother, Isabel (Dame Angela Lansbury), appears on the scene to put a stop to the girls’ shenanigans. Read More »

Kihachi Okamoto – Dai-bosatsu tôge AKA The Sword of Doom (1966)

Quote:
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. Read More »

Edmond Keosayan – Novye priklyucheniya neulovimykh AKA New Adventures of the Elusives (1968)

A sequel to the film “Elusive Avengers”, recounting the adventures of the magnificent foursome of brave teenagers assigned by their commanders to get the operational map of an important area’s fortifications. Having learnt that this top-secret map is being kept in the Counterintelligence Chief’s safe, one of “the elusives”, Danka, pretends to be a bootblack and puts up an observation post by the Counterintelligence Headquarters. By staging a distracting operation, the friends steal the map from the safe. The Counterintelligence people go to great lengths in order to recover the operational map. Are they going to succeed? Read More »