MY TOP 30 FOR 1963

Fellini's masterpiece; Godard's take on the movie industry, and Sturges creates the perfect boys own story.
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1.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
“ Fellini on Fellini is just perfect all round... ” - mifunesamurai
 
2.
Contempt (1963)
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Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Godard's masterpiece with brilliant performances from his three stars... ” - mifunesamurai
 
3.
The Silence (1963)
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Two sisters and 13-year old boy travel in a fictitious foreign country. The older sister gets sick and the three move into a hotel. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman really draws us into the void... ” - mifunesamurai
 
4.
America America (1963)
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A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to the United States. (174 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Kazan's epic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
5.
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Sturges knew how to work a big cast... ” - mifunesamurai
 
6.
The Nutty Professor (1963)
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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. (107 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ The Lewis standout of his career... ” - mifunesamurai
 
7.
The Servant (1963)
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The aristocratic Tony moves to London and hires the servant Hugo Barrett for all services at home. Barrett seems to be a loyal and competent employee... (116 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ Losey always gets the best out of Bogarde... ” - mifunesamurai
 
8.
Billy Liar (1963)
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A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family. (98 mins.)
“ Courtenay is perfect as the daydreamer... ” - mifunesamurai
 
9.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
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During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Revolution the cheeky Godardian way... ” - mifunesamurai
 
10.
High and Low (1963)
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Kurosawa proves that he can do real taunt dramas as well... ” - mifunesamurai
 
11.
Hud (1963)
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ Another thought provoking piece from Ritt... ” - mifunesamurai
 
12.
The Leopard (1963)
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The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. (187 mins.)
“ Lancaster is perfect in a Visconti epic... ” - mifunesamurai
 
13.
Bay of Angels (1963)
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Jean is a clerk in a bank. His colleague Caron is a gambler and gives him the virus. In the casinos... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
“ A very moody and seductive pieve from Demy... ” - mifunesamurai
 
14.
Winter Light (1963)
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A small town priest struggles with his faith. (81 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ Bergman takes on faith... ” - mifunesamurai
 
15.
The Birds (1963)
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A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. (119 mins.)
“ Hitchcock knows how to play on fears... ” - mifunesamurai
 
16.
The Conjugal Bed (1963)
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A 40 years old man, Alfonso, finally succeeds to marry a virgin, educate, beautiful and very catholic woman... (88 mins.)
Director: Marco Ferreri
“ A tamed Ferreri still manages to push the boundaries... ” - mifunesamurai
 
17.
The Big City (1963)
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Life at home changes when a house-wife from a middle-class, conservative family in Calcutta gets a job as a saleswoman. (131 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
“ Satyajit opens up the world of India... ” - mifunesamurai
 
18.
The Prize (1963)
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As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways. (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ A well rounded drama for its time... ” - mifunesamurai
 
19.
Shock Corridor (1963)
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Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder. (101 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ One for the Fuller buffs... ” - mifunesamurai
 
20.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
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Stories about three very different women and the men they attract. (118 mins.)
“ Loren shines and Marcello is suave as always... ” - mifunesamurai
 
21.
The Boom (1963)
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During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family. (88 mins.)
“ De Sica and Sordi do it well... ” - mifunesamurai
 
22.
Tom Jones (1963)
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In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside... (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ Maybe outdated, but still fun... ” - mifunesamurai
 
23.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
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The dying words of a thief spark a madcap cross-country rush to find some treasure. (205 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ It's more like a funny world... ” - mifunesamurai
 
24.
I Fidanzati (1963)
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In the industrial North, Giovanni is a skilled factory worker offered a promotion if he'll go to Sicily for 18 months to assist in a new department... (77 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
“ Another wonderful Olmi observational piece... ” - mifunesamurai
 
25.
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
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Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo. (113 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
“ An interesting revenge saga from the master, Ichikawa... ” - mifunesamurai
 
26.
This Sporting Life (1963)
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Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live. (134 mins.)
“ Richard Harris really roughs it out... ” - mifunesamurai
 
27.
The Pink Panther (1963)
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Inspector Clousseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet--a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther." (115 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Enjoyable nonsense... ” - mifunesamurai
 
28.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
“ Godard makes one for his muse, Karina... ” - mifunesamurai
 
29.
From Russia with Love (1963)
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James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE. (115 mins.)
Director: Terence Young
“ Always loved the earlier campy Bond films... ” - mifunesamurai
 
30.
Charade (1963)
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Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? (113 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
“ A real hoot, and Audrey is in it... ” - mifunesamurai