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Subject: Why were most big 60s movies period films?

Written By: Trimac20 on 12/28/08 at 11:37 pm

I'm a huge fan of 60s culture, architecture, style etc, and one thing that pisses me off about a lot of big films of the era is that they were Historical dramas. From Spartacus, to the Sound of Music, or Doctor Zhivango or even 2001: A Space Odyssey, it seems most were set in any other time but the 60s. I want to see more of the 1960s in films, more in the vein of Easyrider, Midnight Cowboy etc. Does this lack of films made in the 1960s actually set in that decade annoy you somewhat? I mean even in the 50s alot of films were at least set in that era (albeit they had epics, but also alot of films set in the present day). Just a rant, I guess.

Subject: Re: Why were most big 60s movies period films?

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 12/29/08 at 12:59 am

Please watch these two scenes from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966) and then answer a couple questions for me.

The Ecstasy Of Gold.

The Duel.

1.) When they shot this film, would you rather it had "taken place" in 1966?

2.) Wouldn't you agree that a huge part of what makes this so awesome is when it was made? Would it have been anywhere near as cool if it had been made in the 1950s or 70s?

60's movies don't necessarily need to be set in the 60's for them to capture the style and spirit of the era.  ;)

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