Just try to say this isn’t the most representative film of 1969. Go ahead.
It’s impossible. Believe me. I tried.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a nice choice, but no. Doesn’t represent 1969 as much as it’s a timeless classic. Representative of 1969 for the western (but so is The Wild Bunch, which…), but not so much for 1969 the year in film. Midnight Cowboy… close, but it’s no Easy Rider. Technically you can say Hello, Dolly! Or Paint Your Wagon represents 1969, but the reasons for that would be depressing.
And with major props to They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and Alice’s Restaurant (do people even remember that movie?), you can’t deny Easy Rider as the film of 1969. Just ask anyone who lived through it. (more…)