[May 2019] It’s 1969 OK

Five American films released during the in-so-many-ways transitional summer of 1969. A Best Picture winner, a counter-cultural touchstone, an early outing by a director who would dominate the next decade, an art house breakthrough by a pillar of New York underground film and a revolutionary fusion of documentary and drama by a renowned cinematographer. These films manifest the thrilling newness, nowness and aesthetic vigor of a ‘New Hollywood‘ that had come into its own as the dominant strain in American cinema.

Thursday, May 2 2019 | 9PM Midnight Cowboy USA 1969 d. John Schlesinger with Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voigt, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver and Brenda Vaccaro. Colour. 113 m

Thursday, May 9 2019 | 9PM Easy Rider USA 1969 d. Dennis Hopper with Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Phil Spector, Luana Anders and Karen Black. Colour. 95 m

Thursday, May 16 2019 | 9PM Medium Cool USA 1969 d. Haskell Wexler with Robert Forster, Verna Bloom, Peter Bonerz, Marianna Hill, Harold Blankenship and Peter Boyle. Colour. 110 m

Thursday, May 23 2019 | 9PM The Rain People USA 1969 d. Francis Ford Coppola with Shirley Knight, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Marya Zimmet and Tom Aldredge. Colour. 101 m

Thursday, May 30 2019 | 9PM Putney Swope USA 1969 d. Robert Downey Sr. with Arnold Johnson, Joe Madden, Antonio Fargas, Allen Garfield, Allan Arbus and Mel Brooks. In black and white with some colour. 86 m

Links: Andrew Sarris Best Films 1969