The Sixties – My favourite films from back then.

The Sixties – My favourite films from back then.

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The sixties was one of those immensely creative and different periods. It felt to me like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. We had the war and then the austere fifties where Britain was still full of rationing and catching it’s breath. Then we had the colour and liberalisation of the sixties – full of vim and vigour, where anything was possible.

The music scene was the most obvious expression of those times but then there were the fashions, comedy/satire, politics, newspapers and film.

My favourite films included:

2001 – A Space Odyssey. Arthur C Clarke/Stanley Kubrick masterpiece. I do not think it has been bettered as a Sci-fi film.

A Lion in Winter – incredible Historical drama.

Easy Rider – Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper masterpiece of motorbikes, drug deals and the schism created by the counter-culture.

Blow-up – a romp with a photographer, dolly birds and a murder.

Romeo & Juliette – Olivia Hussey – She could break your heart.

Solaris – The Russian 2001.

Far from the madding crowd – Thomas Hardy meets Julie Christie

A Clockwork Orange – Stanley Kubrick masterpiece of an Anthony Burgess book – Banned for a long time because of the copy-cat gangs. A futuristic drama with philosophical shades. A Malcolm McDowell special.

Women in Love – D H Lawrence’s genius coupled with Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden and Oliver Reed.

Alice’s Restaurant – featuring a very young Arlo Guthrie and based on his epic song.

The Knack – came out early and had a big effect on me. I painted everything in my bedroom white!

If – a story of public school and youth rebellion with Malcolm McDowell again.

Get Carter – The epitome of Michael Caine Northern Gangster movie.

There were a lot more but that will do for now. They seemed to catch a bit of the rich tapestry of the sixties.

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