Category:
1960s

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Opera is inherently weird: people singing their every speech. But with classical opera, one doesn't notice the effect so much, since they've always been around.

But relatively recent operas, especially with contemporary settings, somehow magnify the weirdness.

Take, for instance, 1964's THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG. A simple love story, it features a script in which every single line is sung. Thus, at about the 3:30 mark in the opening clip below, you can hear the immortal lyric, "Check the ignition on the gentleman's Mercedes."

Apparently, the entire film is available on YouTube in nine parts, for your operatic enjoyment.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 28, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Music, 1960s, Cars

The Chattanooga Twist

I'll bet you never knew what song Chattanooga Hookers like to dance to, did you?

What else but 1962's "The Chatanooga Twist," by Danyel Gerard!




Here's DG's other big hit.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 25, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Music, Regionalism, Foreign Customs, 1960s, 1970s, Dance

The Bad Sleep Well

We've been alerted to the serial killer in Japan who's taking revenge for corporate fraud, as described in this article in today's NY TIMES. But what no one seems to have noticed is that we've already seen this scenario in a film. THE BAD SLEEP WELL is one of Akira Kurosawa's masterpieces, and details how a man whose father was killed by corrupt businessmen exacts his revenge. Here's the excellent trailer.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 22, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Crime, Death, Frauds, Cons and Scams, Movies, Foreign Customs, 1960s, Asia

The Golden Years

A look at the glory days of Homer Simpson's favorite sport. At least from the point-of-view of a certain manufacturer....

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 20, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Sports, Documentaries, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Jimmy Carl Black, RIP

The obituary of Jimmy Carl Black reminds us of how weird he and Frank Zappa were.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 09, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Eccentrics, Music, Obituaries, 1960s

Century 21 Calling

I've never seen a young girl get so excited about a large model of DNA before!

Even if you don't watch all of this, be sure to fast-forward to about the 12-minute mark, for the great closing theme song.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 08, 2008 - Comments (2)
Category: Futurism, Parades and Festivals, 1960s, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Queen of Blood

Possibly not the movie that Dennis Hopper lists first on his resume....

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 05, 2008 - Comments (7)
Category: Horror, Movies, Science Fiction, 1960s

Phyliss Diller

Recently some readers objected to my characterization of 1960's-era Phyllis Diller as "unfunny."

Decide for yourselves.

She doesn't appear in the Liberace clip until the 3-minute mark.



See more funny videos at Funny or Die


Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 02, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: 1960s, Comedians

The Mothra Song

I think we all need a little more Mothra in our lives. I myself intend to sing this song in times of personal crisis.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Nov 01, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Gods, Movies, Music, Foreign Customs, 1960s, Fictional Monsters

Cheerios and V-8

I love Cheerios, and can tolerate V-8. But there's no way I could imagine eating a spoonful of Cheerios and then swallowing a gulp of V-8 immediately after the sweet milky mouthful.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 30, 2008 - Comments (16)
Category: Business, Advertising, Food, Toys, Children, Space Travel, 1960s

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