Tag Archives: 1960s

Servando González – Yanco (1961)

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This engaging and sentimental 1961 Mexican tale begins when a little boy (Ricardo Ancona) starts manifesting a greater and greater talent at music and at the same time, a supersensitivity to sounds. His overly astute hearing drives him into the woods and away from the cacophony of the town’s hustle and bustle. Once in the woods, he meets a kindly old hermit who teaches him how to play the violin he made. After the old man dies, the violin ends up at a pawn shop, and each night the boy sneaks in to play it in secret. It is this haunting, nightly music that sets the town on edge — people think an evil spirit is on the loose. Read More »

Sidney Lumet – Play of the Week: The Dybbuk (1960)

The Dybbuk is a made for TV film adaptation of a classic Jewish folktale. The story is about a young Jewish man, Sender (Theodore Bikel) who loves a young Jewish woman, Leah (Carol Lawrence) but her father arranges her marriage with another man. The grief of this causes Sender to die, but his spirit passes into the body of his beloved on her wedding day. Rabbi Azrael (Ludwig Donath), who serves as our narrator through the beginning of the film, is charged with the task of exercising Sender’s Dybbuk (sometimes defined as a malicious spirit or demon who possesses the living) from Leah’s body. Read More »

Robert Drew – Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions. Read More »

Merab Kokochashvili – Didi mtsvane veli AKA Big Green Valley (1967)

Sosana is a shepherd and lives the livelong days with his herd. He decides to bring his family to the field and teach his son how to take care of the herd. Unexpectedly, a group of geologists discover the oilfield in the pasture, meaning that there would be oil wells set up right there were Sosana’s herd was. the collective farm demands that Sosana hand over his herd to the farm. sosana’s private life is also in disarray. His wife leaves. The shepherd cannot come to terms with the changes. He wants to live the way his ancestors did and wishes to be buried by their side. with no family and with no herd Sosana is wandering in the snowy field in quest of the lost herd. Read More »

Terence Young – Wait Until Dark (1967) (HD)

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Susy was recently blinded and recently married. Susy’s husband, Sam, is asked to hold a doll for a woman he doesn’t know as they get off an airplane. The woman disappears. Later, she’s found dead by her former associates, Mike and Carlino, small-time hoods, in Susy’s basement apartment. (Both occupants of the apartment are then absent.) The doll woman’s newer partner in crime, Harry Rote, who murdered her for self-dealing, presses Mike and Carlino into a scheme to recover the doll, which contains a fortune in smuggled heroin. Read More »

Gianfranco Parolini – Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte AKA If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968)

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After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach’s strongbox in the hands of the killer Lasky. It is up to the legendary hero Sartana to track down the missing money and determine just who is ultimately behind the grisly robberies and killings. Read More »

François Truffaut – La Mariée était en noir AKA The Bride wore Black (1968)

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This Francois Truffaut thriller is based on a novel by William Irish (aka Cornell Woolrich), whose books had been adapted by Alfred Hitchcock on many previous occasions. Jeanne Moreau stars as a woman whose fiancé is nastily murdered by five men. Utilizing a series of disguises, the cool-customer Moreau tracks down all five culprits, sexually enslaves them, and then engineers their deaths. The ominous musical score was written by Bernard Herrmann, another frequent Hitchcock collaborator. The Bride Wore Black was initially released in France as La Mariee etait en Noir. — Hal Erickson Read More »