Topic 4: The world film productions from the 50s to the 70s

● genre developments, stars and directors ● major movements (e.g. Neorealism, New Wave) ● the impact of TV on the cinema ● technical developments

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– The 1950s, overview of developments, genres, stars and directors

– Fun, fame, flower power and far-reaching social changes in the 1960s

– The 1970s, often described as the creative high-point of American cinema, with new approaches, elaborate themes and loosening restrictions on language, adult themes and violence depicted in film

– Consider the different movements in the 50s, 60s and 70s in Europe (Neorealism, New Wave in France, Italy, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, etc.), Russia and Asia. Although there’s a separate question on the local film production, you can mention some examples of the Czechoslovak New Wave of the 1960s (Chytilova, Forman, Menzel, Papousek, Jakubisko, etc.)

The history topics (1 to 5) depend highly on the level of your general knowledge and common sense. It’s up to you to make all the necessary historical, cultural and social connections (globally and locally). Being able to converse about it in English is then easy-peasy. Remember to chose your personal representatives of these decades – one each – and talk about them in English



A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Elia Kazan

Rear Window (1954), Alfred Hitchkock

La strada (The Road) (1954, Ita), Federico Fellini

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai) (1954, Jap), Akiro Kurosawa

Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Nicholas Ray

The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet) (1957, Swe), Ingmar Bergman

12 Angry Men (1957), Sidney Lumet (starring Jiri George Voskovec!)

Some Like It Hot (1959), Billy Wilder

La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) (1960, Ita), Federico Fellini

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (1960, Fra), Jean-Luc Godard


West Side Story (1961), Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

Lawrence of Arabia (1962, UK), David Lean

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo) (1966, It./Sp.), Sergio Leone

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Mike Nichols

The Graduate (1967), Mike Nichols

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Stanley Kubrick

Midnight Cowboy (1969), John Schlesinger

Easy Rider (1969), Dennis Hopper

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), George Roy Hill

The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah

Zabriskie Point (1970), Michelangelo Antonioni


A Clockwork Orange (1971), Stanley Kubrick

The Godfather (1972), Francis Ford Coppola

Solaris (1972, Rus), Andrei Tarkovsky

Amarcord (1973, Ita), Federico Fellini

The Exorcist (1973), William Friedkin

The Sting (1973), George Roy Hill

The Mirror (Зеркало, Zerkalo) (1974, Rus), Andrei Tarkovsky

Jaws (1975), Steven Spielberg

One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest (1975), Milos Forman

All the President’s Men (1976), Alan J. Pakula

Rocky (1976), John G. Avildsen

Taxi Driver (1976), Martin Scorsese

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Steven Spielberg

Star Wars (1977), George Lucas

Hair (1979), Miloš Forman

Alien (1979), Ridley Scott

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), Terry Jones (with Terry Gilliam)

Stalker (1979), Andrei Tarkovsky

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Of course, there’s much more for you to choose from, so, talk about your favourites

As always, feel free to leave a comment, ask, share, recommend ; )



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