SHORTLIST VINTAGE FILM OF 1966

You can feel that 1960s tension just looking at the shortlist: Classic cinematic genre fare vs. the avant-garde. Intellectual drama vs. daring social barrier-breaking. Black-and-white vs. Technicolor. The dust has settled on all of these disputes but one: the VFA. Which would you choose to watch tonight? The shortlisted films for 1966 are:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

Critics panned it. American awards committees ignored it. Today, the final installment in Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy is not only considered a classic Western but one of the greatest films of all time. Like its predecessors, A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, the film has an Ennio Morricone soundtrack and stars Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name.

Director: Sergio Leone

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef

Major nominations on original release : None

How to Steal a Million

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

In Mad Men-era Paris, two American men fight for possession of a statuette of Venus by Cellini (that may be a fake), then over Audrey Hepburn (who never is). The men’s grey flannel suits provide a neutral backdrop for Ms. Hepburn, who appears in a series of dazzling Givenchy outfits. A hit with critics and audiences, this comic art-heist film wasn’t nominated for a single statuette of its own – until the Vintage Film Awards, that is.

Director: William Wyler

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Eli Wallach, Peter O'Toole

Major nominations on original release : None

Alfie

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

Because of its taboo plotline (abortion is frankly discussed), several A-list actors turned down the role of Alfie Elkins, a Cockney Casanova on the make in Swinging London, but newcomer Michael Caine seized the opportunity to charm a bevy of British babes – and the awards committees.There’s little for modern men to learn about seduction here, save that when that someone comes up for a coffee you might try putting on the film’s outstanding jazz soundtrack by Sonny Rollins.

Director: Lewis Gilbert

Starring: Michael Caine, Vivien Merchant, Millicent Martin, Shelley Winters

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Picture, Actor Caine, Supporting Actress Vivien Merchant, Adapted Screenplay, Original Song Burt Bacharach; BAFTA for Best British Actor, Best British Film; Special Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival (won)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

There are lots of poorly-made black-and-white films made to scare people away from certain things (taking drugs, going to prison, driving drunk) and then there’s this great movie that scares people away from entering into a bad marriage; why is it the only one not shown in public schools? Set off-campus in a New England college town, a professor (Richard Burton) and his wife (Elizabeth Taylor) put on a master class in marital discord.

Director: Mike Nichols

Starring: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Sandy Dennis, George Segal

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress Taylor (won), Best Supporting Actor Segal, Supporting Actress Dennis (won), Best Adapted Screenplay. BAFTA nominations for Best Film (won), Best British Actor Burton (won), Best British Actress Taylor (won).

Fahrenheit 451

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

This adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel represented two firsts in Truffaut’s oeuvre: color film and English dialogue. Upon its release, both critics and audiences had mixed feelings, and it wasn’t a big box office success. Today, it is perhaps the most-watched 1966 film worldwide – has the film improved with age, or is it merely watched by millions of adolescents hoping to avoid required reading in middle school?

Director: François Truffaut

Starring: Julie Christie, Oskar Werner

Major nominations on original release : None

A Man for All Seasons

Vintage Film of 1966

FINAL NOMINEE - WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED MAY 5TH.

Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Cardinal what’s-his-name…it’s all a blur from school, and you’d never pass that quiz again – unless you let Orson Welles, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield burn in onto your brain. Telling a 500-year-old story, this film beat out Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for several top awards – 50 years further on, is it still the must-see film of 1966?

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Orson Welles, Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Picture (won), Best Director (won), Best Actor Scofield (won), Best Supporting Actor Shaw, Supporting Actress Hiller, Best Adapted Screenplay (won). BAFTA nominations for Best Film (won), Best British Film (won), Best Actor Scofield (won), Best Supporting Actor Shaw, Best Screenplay (won).