Friday, July 1, 2011

The 100 Best Finds in a 30-Dollar Lot: #52

1968 Topps #164 Ramon Webster

1968 was a so-so year for cards, what with the burlap background and all, but it was a very interesting year for film. There were some great movies released that year, but in keeping with tradition, the Academy Awards and the consumers' dollars went to more forgettable faire.

Let's review.
Oliver! won Best Picture and Best Director, while Funny Girl was the top grossing film of the year. Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand tied for Best Actress and Cliff Robertson won Best Actor for Charly.

Here's the good stuff from that year:
*2001: A Space Odyssey (Box Office #2)
*Rosemary's Baby
*Steve McQueen in Bullit and The Thomas Crown Affair.
*Planet of the Apes (Who knew then it would be remade ad infinitum?)

Here are some other films you might want to check out from 1968:
Danger: Diabolik
The Producers
Ice Station Zebra (This film came almost at the tail end of the trend to film in 70mm, the most recent American example being Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet in 1996.)
Night of the Living Dead (!!!)

And if you're feeling really adventurous, try Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. If this leads you down the Path of Pasolini to Salò, I'll take the blame. Actually, don't watch Salò. I don't want that on my conscience.

And Ramon here? He recommends Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.


Doc said...

Danger: Diabolik

Ahh, the last MST3K episode!

Matt F. said...

Dee Dee Da...Dee Dee Da