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  • The Magnificent Seven, a takeoff of Seven Samurai, becomes one of the great adventure films.
  • Alfred Hitchcock releases the psycho-thriller masterpeice, Psycho. Stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins.
  • Godard debuts with Breathless.
  • Videotape now in general use in broadcasting

  • West Side Story, directed by Robert Wise is huge musical success.
  • In Japan, The Human Condition, directed by Masaki Kobayashi, is a trilogy of movies that would be the precurser for the movie patterns of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

  • Lawrence of Arabia, directed by David Lean & stars Peter O'Toole, Claude Rains & Omar Sharif.
  • Sean Connery ushers in The James Bond era with Dr. No.
  • Truffaut's Jules and Jim.
  • Fellini's 8 1/2

  • It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World starring two dozen comedians is the first picture to be produced in single lens Cinerama.
  • In India, one of the first major statements for the feminist movement is made by director Satyajit Ray in the film Manhanagar or The Big City.
  • Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove.
  • Cleopatra is a notorious financial disaster

  • Two legendary musical comedies hit the big screen, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins.
  • The Beatles make their screen debut in A Hard Day Night.

  • The Sound of Music, directed by Robert Wise becomes the most successful film since Gone With The Wind.
  • David Lean directs another historical epic, Doctor Zhivago.
  • Super-8 mm film format introduced for amateur market

  • One of France's most popular films is released, Un Homme et une Femme.
  • Bergman's Persona and Antonioni's Blow-Up draw intellectual interest in film.

  • The Graduate, directed by Mike Nichols, stars Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. Pushes the movie censorship codes closer to the edge.
  • Penn's Bonnie and Clyde sets a pattern of antiheroes that continues through the 70's.
  • New Line Cinema founded in Greenwich Village by Robert Shaye.

  • Barbara Streisand makes her screen debut in Funny Girl.
  • Martin Scorsese directs his first feature, Who's That Knocking At My Door. Debut of Harvey Keitel.
  • Stanley Kubrick breaks down all barriers in Sci-Fi with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Franco Zeffirelli triumphs with Romeo and Juliet.

  • Hollywood announces the first movie rating code G, PG, R, and X.
  • Easy Rider, the quintessential counter culture film stars and is directed by Dennis Hopper for just $600,000.
  • Richard Attenborough directs his first film, The Battle of Britian. Is one of the great war movies.
  • Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch forecasts increase violence in film

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