50 years ago Hollywood released a slew of movies that are so remarkable it’s hard to find a better cinematic year, although you can make a strong case for 1939. This week’s “Cogill Wine & Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast on reVolver Podcasts we pair the films of 1967 with wines wirthy of equal celebration, toasting their 50 year anniversary in 2017, like Napa Favorite, Chappellet, Washington State leader Chateau Ste. Michelle, and the stellar Chardonnay wines produced from Dutton Ranch.
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In 1967 the Oscar winner for, “Best Picture,” was the racially charged film, “In The Heat Of The Night,” starring a loud-mouthed southern sheriff played by Oscar winner Rod Steiger and a soft spoken dignified detective from the north played by Sidney Poitier.
Norman Jewison (Fiddler On The Roof) directed “In The Heat Of The Night” but the Oscar for directing that year went to Mike Nichols for “The Graduate.” It was that kind of year and the only Academy Award won by “The Graduate.”
“The Graduate” was the big money maker of 1967 taking in over 100 million dollars on a three million dollar budget. Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft pulled in audiences with a sound track provided by Simon & Garfunkel. You can make a case for “The Graduate” being the best film of 1967.
But you would also have to overlook, “Bonnie & Clyde,” a violent piece of work for it’s time directed by Arthur Penn and written by Texas screenwriter, Robert Benton. Warren Beatty produced and stars stars in the almost European style film with a sexy, luminescent, Faye Dunaway shooting her way to fame. It’s a fascinating work that is as good as any film in 1967.
Then there’s Paul Newman eating fifty eggs under the watchful eye of Oscar winner George Kennedy and a “caught smoking in the prone position” Strother Martin in “Cool Hand Luke.” A prison movie with an iconic car wash scene and an escape artist who probably shouldn’t have been sentenced to hard labor in the first place. Who in their right mind would sentence Paul Newman?
“In Cold Blood” stands up today as well as any film from 1967 re-telling the chilling story of the murder of a Kansas family, and the two men who went to prison and were executed for their crime. Based on the best selling novel by Truman Capote, this black and white movie is chillingly photographed by Conrad Hall who lost the Oscar to Burnett Guffey (Bonnie & Clyde).
Add Camelot, The Dirty Dozen, Barefoot In The Park, Wait Until Dark, and two more films with Sidney Poitier and you have a year that is hard to beat. Happy 50th 1967.