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1960s Masterpieces

1960s Masterpieces

THE ELUSIVE CORPORAL

Jean Renoir France, 1962

An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by a diverse bunch of characters, the corporal tries to escape from prison camps, sometimes making it a few yards, sometimes reaching the French border.

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

George A. Romero United States, 1968

Some like ghost stories, and some prefer their undead as a bloodthirsty horde. Here’s where the world’s zombie obsession began: George Romero’s landmark classic, a raging, subversive, apocalyptic bonfire of a film. By the time the lights came up, horror would never be the same—and it still shocks.

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FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES

Toshio Matsumoto Japan, 1969

Spiked with hallucinatory visuals and verité documentary techniques, this is a bold, surrealist, and truly transgressive first feature from iconoclastic Japanese director Toshio Matsumoto. This underground docudrama offers us a rare and revelatory immersion into Japan’s 1960s queer and drag culture.

CHARADE

Stanley Donen United States, 1963

The best Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made, Stanley Donen’s Charade is a delightful mystery that shines with humor, suspense, and style from the last days of Old Hollywood glamor. Starring icons Audrey Hepburn & Cary Grant, this Paris-set tale is as witty and stylish as its two main actors.

SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS

Sergei Parajanov Soviet Union, 1964

This masterpiece is an unjustly under-viewed classic of Soviet cinema. Driven by wild, almost hallucinatory visuals, the film moves with the force of a runaway train, but never does its style overwhelm the story at its heart: a haunting tale of unfulfilled love.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS

Herk Harvey United States, 1962

An influence on David Lynch and George A. Romero, this lone feature film from Herk Harvey is a bona fide cult classic of both independent filmmaking and psychological horror. Atmospheric and unsettling, this haunting ghost story was innovatively shot on an impressively shoestring budget.

LA CHINOISE

Jean-Luc Godard France, 1967

It’s time for a revolution! Inaugurating New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard’s overtly political cinema, La chinoise is both prelude and prophecy of May ’68. A molotov cocktail of raw Maoism, pop colors, savage satire, and the romantic timelessness of Anne Wiazemsky and Jean-Pierre Léaud.

THE STRUCTURE OF CRYSTAL

Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1969

The award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi, one of the great Polish filmmakers, made his feature debut with this psychologically rich, remarkably mature chamber drama about career vocation (Zanussi studied physics), friendship, and life philosophy.