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The Greatest Years in Film History: 1962

newyorkgoombaNewyorkgoomba on 12/10/2012

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TheGreatestYearsinFilmHistory1962 Photo There are memorable films. There are film eras that evoke heights for a particular genre or genres. And rarely, there are single years that elicit an amazing body of work in themselves and can stand out to lovers of film of all ages. 1962 was one of those years. Though the "production code" still handicapped the film industry a number of quality releases and a few daring envelope-pushing films appeared on screens around the country. From "Dr. No" to "Lawrence of Arabia", the year in film marked beginnings and endings. Most significantly, it was a year that saw the release over 700 foreign-language films in US theaters! Some best film lists included works not only by Kurosawa, but by his compatriots Teshigahara, Kobayashi, and Ozu as well. Of course Hollywood is but one creative corner and this series, which has highlighted years such as 1939, 1940, 1942, 1951, 1959, and 1969 will include global cinema and not just the work of U.S. filmmakers. It will include feature-length documentaries as well.

So, get your organic popcorn and lowfat butter, grab an iced green tea and snuggle next to your domestic partner, we're going to the movies!

NOTE: All films used as answers in this quiz were released in the U.S. in 1962!

Sources include Wikipedia, IMDB,, The Golden Age of Sci Fi Cinema,, and other web sites, and publications such as Premiere, JumpCut, Radical America and Cineaste. Special thanks to Peter Biskind (Seeing is Believing: How Hollywood Taught Us to Stop Worrying and Love the Fifties,1983) and J. Hoberman (Village Voice) for their critical writings, reviews, and conversations and the insights of my colleagues in the Angry Arts Film Collective (Cambridge MA).

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Comments (7)
Mark50  (Level: 170.1)
Mon, 14th Jan '13 9:59 PM

Movies were too obscure

Msastra  (Level: 199.0)
Mon, 14th Jan '13 2:26 PM

Made me think! Thanks.

Gramma792  (Level: 68.3)
Sat, 12th Jan '13 10:18 AM

A really, really tough one.

Clydesmaster  (Level: 195.9)
Fri, 14th Dec '12 10:51 AM

This was a bit long and the movies on the obscure side.

Tedmaul  (Level: 22.1)
Tue, 11th Dec '12 5:55 PM

Marlon Brando was also offered the role of Lawrence.

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