1969: A Year That Changed Hollywood

July 19–25, 2019

Quentin Tarantino’s long awaited Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, an unrestrained re-creation of—and requiem to—1969 Hollywood, will open at the JBFC on July 26. To get in the mood, we’re turning back the clock to look at some of the big releases of that tumultuous year, when harder-edged stories dealing with social and political pressures of the day—whether the sexual revolution or the impact of the Vietnam War—took over the typical ’60s Hollywood fare of bland widescreen epics and musicals, reflecting and feeding a radical new era in filmmaking here and abroad.

Programmed by JBFC programming staff

Midnight Cowboy July 19–24 “Midnight Cowboy is an extraordinary document of its era, as if it were the bridge to New Hollywood—accessible and sentimental…
The Wild Bunch (Director's Cut) July 20–25 “Arguably the strongest Hollywood movie of the 1960s—a western that galvanizes the clichés of its dying genre with a shocking…
Medium Cool July 20–23 “A film of tremendous visual impact, a kind of cinematic Guernica, a picture of America in the process of exploding…
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service July 21–24 “Like Sean Connery before him, George Lazenby had potency and dash, but his vulnerability was all new, and his scenes…
Sweet Charity July 21–23 “Zoom-happy Fosse’s choreographic conceptions are intensely dramatic, and the movie has some of the best dancing in American musicals of…

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