The thing I’ve always said about 1968 is that it’s the transitional year. 1967 happens and now the studios realize what the future is. New, experimental films, and not the processed studio movies they’re used to churning out. Only, that kind of change doesn’t happen overnight. So you see more of those types of movies entering the marketplace, but the studio still had all these “old” movies still in production and ready to come out.
And that’s what 1968 is. The dumping ground for all the studio movies that no longer were part of the marketplace. It’s kind of a 50/50, this year, and 1969 becomes more 75/25, before 1970 happens and we’re completely onto the new stuff.
The reason I mention that is because – it makes picking a choice that represents 1968 really difficult. Well, maybe not. But, historically, it does.
Some may feel I went with a bit of a cop out choice, but it’s still 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that alone makes it a pretty decent choice on its own. (more…)