Archive for October 8, 2014

A Pictorial History of the Movies: 1963 – 8½

1963 is a tough year to choose from. Because what exactly is the focal point?

I thought about choosing Cleopatra, as an example of the crumbling institution of classical Hollywood filmmaking, but there were a couple of epic films over the past few years, and why focus on that?

Plus, 1963 has a couple of holdovers from 1962 in it, like Dr. No and How the West Was Won, which makes it difficult. Which year do they count for?

Then, there’s a movie like The Cardinal, which deals with a lot of social issues, like abortion, bigotry, and racism, in a very frank way, which was just one of the final death knells to the production code. But I talked about that a lot as well.

And there are other great movies I could have chosen as well, for various reasons.

But instead, I’m completely copping out and choosing 8½, and the rest of this article is basically going to consist of, “Look at it. Look how great this is.”

Though aren’t they all like that? (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I thought my ideas were so clear. I wanted to make an honest film. No lies whatsoever. I thought I had something so simple to say. Something useful to everybody. A film that could help bury forever all those dead things we carry within ourselves. Instead, I’m the one without the courage to bury anything at all. When did I go wrong?”

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