Films of 1967-1968

Here is a sampling of the top grossing American films for 1967 and 1968.  There is a big shift towards the hippie culture becoming commercialized in 1968.

Films of 1967:

A pulpy film of women and their pills:fp-1967-valleydolls

The Graduate: An unhappy housewife attempts to seduce a young, indecisive man. Cool Hand Luke: Luke intentionally gets himself arrested by cutting off parking meters. In prison, he refuses to align with the hierarchy enforced by the warden, “the man with no eyes.”

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: Joanna returns home to introduce her parents to her new fiance, John Prentice, a black physician.  Conversations about society, equality, and racism ensue.britishquad160-2

Films of 1968:

Barbarella:  This wild hippy sci-fi film follows hyper-sexualized Barbarella on her adventures to save Duran Duran and Earth.

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The Love Bug: Herbie, an anthropomorphic racing VW Bug.  Enough said.

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Rosemary’s Baby: A young housewife gives birth to the anti-christ.rosemarys_baby

Generational Divide: Hippies

“Report from Haight-Ashbury” is a fascinating video that Eliza found.  It is a 22 minute long documentary style video about the influx of Hippie culture in San Francisco narrated by and from the perspective of the older generation. This video is dripping with biased storytelling and commentary, but also includes great footage of hippies in the 60s and interviews about LSD use and the social movement behind the hippie philosophy.