Cinema 1960: You Must Remember This…..Events, Trends, Movies, Stars

Cineliteracy: What You Need to Know about 1960s as a Movie and Culture Year

Top-Grossing Films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Spartacus Universal Pictures/Bryna Productions $14,000,000

2 Psycho Paramount Pictures, $9,100,000

3 Exodus United Artists $8,500,000

4 Swiss Family Robinson Walt Disney/Buena Vista Distribution $8,100,000

5 The Alamo United Artists/Batjac Productions $7,900,000

6 The World of Suzie Wong Paramount Pictures $7,500,000

7 BUtterfield 8 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $6,800,000

8 The Apartment United Artists/The Mirisch Company $6,700,000

9 Ocean’s 11 Warner Bros. $5,500,000

10 From the Terrace 20th Century Fox $5,200,000

After Psycho was released, Paramount transferred the film rights to Hitchcock, who sold the distribution rights to Universal Pictures in 1962.

March 5 –

Elvis Presley returns to Hollywood to film G.I. Blues

June 16 –

Premiere of Hitchcock’s landmark film, Psycho in the US. Controversial since release, it sets new standards in violence and sexuality on screen, and is a critical influence on the emerging slasher genre.

August 10 –

Filming of West Side Story begins.

October 6 & December 16 –

Dalton Trumbo, one of the Hollywood Ten, receives screenwriting credit for his work on Spartacus and Exodus, released in the US on these dates.

October 27 –

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning released, first of the British social-realist wave.

November 4 –

Filming wraps on The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, the last film for both (though Monroe will be working on another at the time of her death).

Golden Globe Awards, March 16, 1961

Academy Awards, April 17, 1961
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film Spartacus The Apartment (Comedy)
Song Without End (Musical) The Apartment
Best Director Jack Cardiff, Sons and Lovers

Billy Wilder, The Apartment
Best Actor Burt Lancaster
Elmer Gantry Jack Lemmon
The Apartment Burt Lancaster
Elmer Gantry
Best Actress Greer Garson
Sunrise at Campobello Shirley MacLaine
The Apartment

Elizabeth Taylor, BUtterfield 8
Best Supporting Actor Sal Mineo
Exodus Peter Ustinov
Best Supporting Actress Janet Leigh
Psycho Shirley Jones
Elmer Gantry
Best Foreign Language Film La Vérité
The Trials of Oscar Wilde
The Virgin Spring The Virgin Spring