Tuesday, January 5, 2016

50 Years Ago: 1966 in Auteur Film


We all have our lists of filmmakers whose work we keep up with. There are 15 or 20 filmmakers I follow avidly, with an eager eye towards their latest film. But in 1966 that list would have been much longer. In fact, for me, all of the following films would have been must-sees.

It's a little overwhelming to look back at the U.S. release schedule in 1966 and see how many major filmmakers were working. The year was a bit of a generational crossroad. Many in the old guard tried to adapt to the new youth market, masters with long track records tried to stay in the game, and the next generation of auteurs took early steps.

Here's the auteur scorecard for 1966, a head-spinningly great year in film:

Michelangelo Antonioni

BLOWUP

Mario Bava

KILL, BABY, KILL

Ingmar Bergman

PERSONA

Robert Bresson

AU HASARD BALTHAZAR

Richard Brooks

THE PROFESSIONALS

Věra Chytilová

DAISIES

René Clément

IS PARIS BURNING?

Francis Ford Coppola

YOU'RE A BIG BOY NOW

Sergio Corbucci

DJANGO
THE HELLBENDERS
NAVAJO JOE

Roger Corman

THE WILD ANGELS

Damiano Damiani

A BULLET FOR THE GENERAL

Vittorio De Sica

AFTER THE FOX

Stanley Donen

ARABESQUE

Blake Edwards

WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY?

Terence Fisher

DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS

John Ford

SEVEN WOMEN

John Frankenheimer

GRAND PRIX
SECONDS

Pietro Germi

THE BIRDS, THE BEES & THE ITALIANS

Jean-Luc Godard

MADE IN USA
MASCULINE-FEMININE

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

DEATH OF A BUREAUCRAT

Howard Hawks

EL DORADO

Monte Hellman

RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND
THE SHOOTING

Alfred Hitchcock

TORN CURTAIN

King Hu

COME DRINK WITH ME

John Huston

THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING...

Shohei Imamura

THE PORNOGRAPHERS

Phil Karlson

THE SILENCERS

William Klein

WHO ARE YOU, POLLY MAGOO?

Sergio Leone

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

Richard Lester

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Jerry Lewis

THREE ON A COUCH

Joseph Losey

MODESTY BLAISE

Sidney Lumet

THE DEADLY AFFAIR
THE GROUP

Ida Lupino

THE TROUBLE WITH ANGELS

Jean-Pierre Melville

LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE

Jiří Menzel

CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS

Mike Nichols

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Kihachi Okamoto

SWORD OF DOOM

Arthur Penn

THE CHASE

Roman Polanski

CUL-DE-SAC

Sydney Pollock

THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED

Gillo Pontecorvo

BATTLE OF ALGIERS

Powell/Pressburger

THEY'RE A WEIRD MOB

Satyajit Ray

NAYAK: THE HERO

Michael Reeves

THE SHE BEAST

Karel Reisz

MORGAN!

Alain Resnais

THE WAR IS OVER

Jacques Rivette

THE NUN

Volker Schlöndorff

YOUNG TÖRLESS

Ousmane Sembène

BLACK GIRL
BOROM SARRET

Sergio Sollima

THE BIG GUNDOWN

Seijun Suzuki

FIGHTING ELEGY
TOKYO DRIFTER

Andrei Tarkovsky

ANDREI RUBLEV

Frank Tashlin

THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT

Francois Truffaut

FAHRENHEIT 451

Andy Warhol

CHELSEA GIRLS

Orson Welles

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

Billy Wilder

THE FORTUNE COOKIE

William Wyler

HOW TO STEAL A MILLION

Fred Zinneman

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS

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