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A Momentous Year for Movies and Me.
by Jon Schuller

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In 1967 I spent a little over 5 months living in a cramped, 1 ½ room flat on the 5th floor of an old apartment building on East 11th Street in Manhattan. How I got there is another story to tell altogether. Suffice to say it was an experience I'll never forget and led me to a faraway place and the person who changed my life forever. By the beginning of September that year I was in Israel as part of a volunteer program, prompted by the Six Day War in June. In November, 1967, I met a charming, intelligent and beautiful English girl who became my wife 13 months later. It was also a rather special year for the movies. Here are the top 25 films from 1967:
1.The Graduate 2. The Jungle Book 3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 4. Bonnie and Clyde 5. The Dirty Dozen 6. Valley
of the Dolls 7. You Only Live Twice 8. To Sir, with Love 9. The Born Losers 10. Thoroughly Modern Millie 11. Camelot 12.In the Heat of the Night 13.Casino Royale 14.I Am Curious (Yellow) 15.Barefoot in the Park 16.Wait Until Dark 17.Cool Hand Luke 18.In Cold Blood 19.Hombre 20.Divorce American Style 21.Two for the Road 22.In Like Flint 23.The Trip 24.Doctor Dolittle 25.The Taming of the Shrew

The variety, the plots, the locations, the stars, the music: all of these pictures are unique, memorable and just plain terrific. The Graduate was just recently shown in theatres on its 50th anniversary. So many of the films listed here,
plus many others, became instantaneous classics, repeated endlessly on television and dvds. Academy Awards were given to In The Heat of the Night as Best Picture; Mike Nichols as Best Director for The Graduate; Rod Steiger took Best Actor for In The Heat of the Night; Kathryn Hepburn, Best Actress for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; George Kennedy won Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke and Estelle Parsons won Best Supporting Actress for Bonnie and Clyde. The Golden Globes were equally generous.

I remember seeing 3 films in Israel in 1967. The first was one of Sean Connery's best Bonds, You Only Live Twice. The Hill, also starrinmg Connery, from 1965 and Hurry Sundown, with Chris, which I thought was clichéd and overacted. One of just hundreds of movies we've seen together over the years.

Other pictures made impressions in their own distinctive ways: The Flim-Flam Man
with George C. Scott; Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn; In Cold Blood with Robert Blake; from Broadway, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Robert Morse; Camelot with Richard Harris; Up the Down Staircase with Sandy Dennis and Barefoot in the Park with Robert Redford. There were westerns, comedies and romantic films, plus a few flops.

This year is our 50th Un-official Anniversary. Movies have made so many memories and 1967 was just such a year. The fact that so many of the films that year achieved great status, almost as soon as they premiered, is a testament to those movies and the many people who contributed to their success. I recently watched several contemporary films that I believe have already attained their own versions of immortality. Keep watching, everyone. There are more than enough movies for everyone. I can assure you that you'll never be bored.

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Jon Schuller
I am a former New Jersey native, living in Charlotte, N.C. for over 26 years.I am a lifelong movie lover with lots of movie trivia knowledge and soundtracks in my CD collection. I have so many fond memories growing up in darkened movie theaters. I have been married 47 years (as of December 22, 2015) and we both share a passion for film (and each other of course).



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