Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1969

Looks like Siri is feelin' groovy and wants to keep us groovin' in the late 60s for a bit - when I asked her for a number between 1 and 100 this morning she gave me "69" even though last week she'd just given me "68." But what a difference a year makes - while 1968 offered up some of my favorite movies of all time (granted such a sentiment is skewed by the fact that 1968 contains my single favorite movie of all time in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby) I don't find The Movies of 1969 quite nearly as thrilling. 

Oh I found a top five easy enough, and there are a few runners-up that I debated switching things around for. And this is the year that one of my favorite directors debuted, although neither of the films that Rainer Werner Fassbinder first directed are among my favorites of his. I guess after 1968 a little bit of a come-down was only natural. Still, some great stuff here...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1969

(dir. Ken Russell)
-- released on November 13th, 1969 -- 

(dir. John Schelsinger)
-- released on May 25th, 1969 --
(dir. Sydney Pollack)
-- released on December 10th, 1969 --

(dir. Francois Truffaut)
-- released on June 18th, 1969 -- 

(dir. Luchino Visconti)
-- released on December 18th, 1969 --


Runners-up: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (dir. Hill), Topaz (dir. Hitchcock), Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (dir. Fisher), Take the Money and Run (dir. Woody Allen)...

... What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (dir. Lee Katzin), Katzelmacher and Love is Colder Than Death (dir. Fassbinder), La Piscine (dir. Jacques Deray), The Wild Bunch (dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Movie that fell between the cracks: I was going to include Leonard Kastle's The Honeymoon Killers on this list (it would have made the top five, even) but it turns out that's a 1970 movie, and yet I somehow managed to leave it off my already-posted list of favorite 1970 films. What a shame. Love that movie.


What are your favorite movies of 1969?


Carlos said...

If you like The Honeymoon Killers you should totally check out Fabrice du Welz Alleluia. It´s a riff/variation on that crime set in the present and it´s terrifying. Crazy performances and great tech work, don´t know why Fabrice isn´t working in Hollywood right now. One can say it´s a bit mysoginistic but you might like it.

Not a fan of any of the movies you chose, but I have fond memories of Butch Cassidy.

Roark said...

Once again, we find a year in which what would normally be my go to choice - Le Boucher - is apparently now considered a 1970 release. I can't keep up with this shit! God damn international release dates.

Anyway, these are my favorites from 1969. Or should it be "1969?"

Take the Money and Run
Army of Shadows
That Cold Day in the Park
The Wild Bunch
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
The Damned

Scott said...

I highly recommend The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. That and They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Z are probably my favorites of the year. Women in Love and The Damned are both films I consider fascinating more than favorites. Satyricon may fall in that category too. I've never heard of What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, but it sounds great.

Pierce said...

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, need I say more?
Easy Rider, a movie so exceptional, it almost broke studios trying to copy it.
True Grit, John Wayne won the Oscar, but the movie is, itself, rather good.
Hello, Dolly!, I am probably the only one in the world who loves this, but I think it's spectacular despite its flaws.
Anne of the Thousand Days, Richard Burton and Genevieve Bujold. Terrific historic drama
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Maggie Smith's breakthrough performance is genius.
Women in Love, Ken Russell's erotic adaptation of D. H. Lawrence. Outstanding, plus Alan Bates naked.
The Sterile Cuckoo, Liza Minnelli give a fine, quirky performance in this.
Sweet Charity, Bob Fosse's dazzling musical
Goodbye Columbus, Richard Benjamin and Ali McGrew are terrific together in this Philip Roth adaptation.

Leonardo Motta said...

Scott said it all The Prime of Jean Brodie! Very now, very Maggie Smith hitting us with that Scottish humor... What's not to like.

joel65913 said...

Where the hell was I that I missed this on Tuesday?! Well it’s been that kind of week. Better late than never.

An interesting top 5 all of which I admire, with the exception of Mississippi Mermaid which somehow I’ve missed-must correct, but none that would make mine. They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? is a haunting masterpiece but so grindingly sad, though it captures the essence of the book perfectly, it has always stayed something that I admire and recommend but would remain a runner up to a top 10.

Women in Love has the multiple pluses of Alan Bates & Oliver Reed at their burly best as well as Glenda Jackson at her peak but I find it diffuse overall. I like many of your runner-ups as well except for Topaz which I think is Hitchcock’s worst movie.

My top 5

Anne of the Thousand Days
Cactus Flower
Medium Cool
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Crooks and Coronets-A totally delightful undiscovered gem with hilarious performances by Telly Savalas and Dame Edith Evans.

Support Your Local Sheriff
The Sterile Cuckoo
The Assassination Bureau
Army of Shadows

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
The Illustrated Man
Me, Natalie
The Rain People
Tell Them Willie Boy is Here
The Wild Bunch
Midnight Cowboy
True Grit
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Angel in My Pocket
Eye of the Cat