Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack

Composer Les Reed One of the best things about Jack Cardiff’s 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle is the terrific score created by the award winning British composer and songwriter Les Reed. Les Reed was one of the most prolific members of the mid-60s London music scene and he’s probably familiar to most people thanks to the success of popular songs he wrote and … Continue reading Girl On a Motorcycle: The Soundtrack

The U.S. Premiere of Les Idoles (1968)

If you live in New York or will be visiting the area on November 25th, you won’t want to miss the U.S. Premiere of the French pop musical spectacular, Les Idoles (1968). New York’s Film Society at Lincoln Center will be showing the film November 25th and following the film you can attend a fabulous yé-yé afterparty where DJs J Tripp, Melody Nelson, and the … Continue reading The U.S. Premiere of Les Idoles (1968)

The Decadent World of the Black Lizard (1968)

“Ever since I first met him here, I’ve dreamt about Akechi. A vain man who acts like a critic. When his face appears in my dreams it disturbs me. I’ve never before had such an experience. He looks as if he knew and understood everything. His eyes! His lips! He obstructs my dream. He pursues its form. He’ll eventually become the dream itself.”– Akihiro Miwa … Continue reading The Decadent World of the Black Lizard (1968)

My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968

At the Britannica blog Raymond Benson has finished listing off his Top 10 Favorite Films of 1968 so if you’re interested in the final results stop by and give them a look. I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how much I dislike making lists of favorite films myself since they’re limited by what I’ve seen and are subject to change at anytime. Roger Ebert recently asked … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968

Fashion & Passion in The Thomas Crown Affair

Fay Dunaway & Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) A lot has been written about Norman Jewison’s 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. If the reviews available at IMDb.com are any indication critics and audiences are split over it. I love this stylish ’60s crime film. It’s one of my favorite movies from 1968 and one of the best things about it is … Continue reading Fashion & Passion in The Thomas Crown Affair

Filmmaking & Politics in 1968

The following four videos make up a fascinating 40 min. film by D.A. Pennebaker called Two American Audiences: La Chinoise – A Film in the Making. It chronicles a meeting that took place in 1968 between director Jean-Luc Godard and NYU film students who discuss Godard’s film La Chinoise, filmmaking and politics. Two American Audiences: La Chinoise – A Film in the Making Part I. … Continue reading Filmmaking & Politics in 1968

The Yokai Monsters of 1968

Yôkai hyaku monogatari aka 100 Monsters (1968) Last week I promised that I’d devote the next few weeks to some of my favorite films from 1968. Unfortunately various obligations continue to get in the way of my writing but today I thought I’d share some thoughts about two of my favorite Japanese monster movies made in 1968, 100 Monsters aka Yôkai hyaku monogatari and Yokai … Continue reading The Yokai Monsters of 1968

1968

“It’s the 40th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous years in world history: 1968” – Raymond Benson For the next two weeks the fine folks at Britannica will be hosting a film forum at the Britannica Blog where James Bond book author and Cinemaretro contributor Raymond Benson will be discussing his Top 10 Favorite Films from 1968 with a series of posts about each … Continue reading 1968