Film Honors: 1960

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Score Composing

Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven)
 Giovanni Fusco (L'avventura)
 Bernard Herrmann (Psycho)
 Alex North (Spartacus)
 Nino Rota (La dolce vita)

Actor Support Jack Kruschen (The Apartment) Fred MacMurray (The Apartment) Annibale Ninchi (La dolce vita) Laurence Olivier (Spartacus) Peter Ustinov (Spartacus) Costume Design À bout de souffle La ciociara La dolce vita The Magnificent Seven Spartacus Set Design The Apartment L'avventura The Magnificent Seven Psycho Spartacus Actress Support Marie Dubois (Tirez sur le pianiste) Janet Leigh (Psycho) Lea Massari (L'avventura) Marie-José Nat (La Vérité) Rachel Roberts (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) Screenwriting Original Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra (L'avventura) Henri-Georges Clouzot, Véra Clouzot, Simone Drieu, Jérôme Géronimi, Michèle Perrein, Christiane Rochefort (La vérité) Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi (La dolce vita) Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol (À bout de souffle) Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond (The Apartment) 60aps Screenwriting Adapted Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry) Georges Franju, Jean Redon, Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac, Claude Sautet (Les yeux sans visage) Joseph Stefano (Psycho) François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy (Tirez sur le pianiste) Luchino Visconti, Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Pasquale Festa Campanile, Massimo Franciosa, Enrico Mediola (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) Actor Lead Jean‑Paul Belmondo (À bout de souffle) Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) Jack Lemmon (The Apartment) Marcello Mastroianni (La dolce vita) Anthony Perkins (Psycho) Cast Ensemble The Apartment La Vérité L'avventura The Magnificent Seven Spartacus Actress Lead Brigitte Bardot (La Vérité) Sophia Loren (La ciociara) Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment) Jean Seberg (À bout de souffle) Monica Vitti (L'avventura) bblv.jpg Special Effects Les yeux sans visage The Magnificent Seven Psycho Spartacus Village of the Damned Directing Michelangelo Antonioni (L'avventura) Federico Fellini (La dolce vita) Jean-Luc Godard (À bout de souffle) Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) Billy Wilder (The Apartment) 60jlg Picture Editing À bout de souffle L'avventura La dolce vita Psycho Spartacus Sound Design La dolce vita The Magnificent Seven Peeping Tom Psycho Spartacus Cinematography Ernest Laszlo (Inherit the Wind) Russell Metty (Spartacus) John L. Russell (Psycho) Aldo Scavarda (L'avventura) Eugen Schufftan (Les yeux sans visage) Motion Picture À bout de souffle (Jean-Luc Godard) France The Apartment (Billy Wilder) USA L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni) Italy La dolce vita (Federico Fellini) Italy / France La Vérité (Henri-Georges Clouzot) France Les yeux sans visage (Georges Franju) France / Italy Peeping Tom (Michael Powell) UK Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) USA Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick) USA Tirez sur le pianiste (François Truffaut) France
Is 1960 simply one of the greatest, influential years of cinema ever? Tough going picking from this lot. What are your choices? All comments welcome below.

8 thoughts on “Film Honors: 1960

  1. AH! my decade at last! I always had Breathless on my list as 1959 – not sure why. Maybe because I thought La Dolce Vita and L’Avventura on the list was weighty enough.Great year when you add Hitch, Reisz, Wilder and Kubrick. The maturity and intelligence of these films compared to an equal number produced today..well, let’s not go there. We can just say “visionary” does not apply very often, let alone striking twice ( 3 times?) in one year.

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  2. Probably the best year of the 1960s, and so many of these are hardened classics. Breathless was great, Psycho was great, and The Apartment was great. I love that you picked The Apartment for Best Script and Jack Lemon for Best Actor. He was one of the best characters ever portrayed on screen, and he really earned his pathos.


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