1964, the year Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment, the year The Rolling Stones embarked on their first headline tour and the year Mr. and Mrs. Farage gave birth to their wonderful son, Nigel.
We also had a feast of good movies released.
Well I didn’t, I wasn’t alive, but for the people who were alive in 1964, cinema was great!
Here are 5 fantastic films from 1964 you should check out (in alphabetical order)…
A Fistful of Dollars
The introduction to Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name trilogy, one of the first trilogies in film history to increase in quality with each film.
In this Italian remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, Clint Eastwood plays a town’s two rival families against each other through crusty espionage and classic Leone suspense.
A Hard Day’s Night
One of my absolute favourite films of all time, A Hard Day’s Night follows The Beatles through a typical day in their lives.
As soon as the film opens on John, George and Ringo running from screaming fan girls, George falling over and Paul looking on through a terrible disguise, you can tell you’re in for an easy-going, trademark mop-top style adventure with little to no effort required in viewing. Absolute gold.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Probably the least accessible of these five, Dr. Strangelove was Stanley Kubrick’s attempt at comedy; a dark, political, nuclear comedy…
The film is primarily set in a war-room of scrambling politicians and military officials as they think of ways to prevent a nuclear holocaust they may have just accidentally triggered.
Hearing “Stanley Kubrick” and “comedy” may not instantly ring well with the ears but how about “Stanley Kubrick”, “comedy” and “Peter Sellers”?
The quintessential Bond film, Goldfinger combined everything the Bond franchise was known for and used it to create something truly memorable. And silly. Quite a bit of silly.
A lot of people hear “Disney” and think the flying Peter Pan, the nostalgic Lion King or even the crying Bambi, but what comes to my mind is the lying Pinocchio and the magical Mary Poppins.
The Mary Poppins who floated to the ceiling with the children as they couldn’t stop laughing, who turned cleaning the house into a magical (and almost terrifying) game, and whose film was so magical and historic that Tom Hanks starred in a film based around its production.
Well those are my picks, which films from 1964 do you love?
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