The Graduate

Films often mirror society, but in the 1960s many films pushed society’s fringes into the lives of the multitudes. For sure some the the 60s films were for shock value only, such as Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963).

Then there were, of course the love stories like Splendor in the Grass (1961), Cleopatra (1963), and My Fair Lady (1964). As a side note
in July of 1961, TWA Airlines was the first to offer in-fight movies with the showing of By Love Possessed (1961), starring Lana Turner during their NYC to LA flights, with a Bell and Howell projector aimed at a screen.

None of the above films really shaped society as much as my short list of mover and shaker movies below. While all the rerun TV show are airing for the the summer, these might be some good remembrance viewing.

Easy Rider
The Graduate
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
I Love You Alice Toklas
Alice’s Restaurant
Deer Hunter
Getting Straight (fitting for at the close in 1970)
Woodstock (1970)

What would you add to the list?


By Chowning

Richard Chowning was a teenager during the 60s. Being a Southern California resident during those years, he experienced many of the events and trends that distinguished those times.

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