Must-sees of 1964

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1.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
2.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
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The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
 
3.
King & Country (1964)
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During World War I, an army private is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye. (88 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
4.
The Pumpkin Eater (1964)
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Film screenwriter Jake Armitage and his wife Jo Armitage live in London with six of Jo's eight children... (118 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
5.
Red Desert (1964)
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In a bleak rundown industrial area a young woman, Giuliana, tries to cope with life. She's married to... (117 mins.)
 
6.
Yearning (1964)
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After a bombing raid destroys the family store and her husband, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love stopped short by destruction. (98 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
7.
Charulata (1964)
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The lonely wife of a newspaper editor falls in love with her visiting cousin-in-law, who shares her love for literature. (117 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
8.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
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When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them. (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
9.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
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An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. (95 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
10.
Lilith (1964)
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Lilith is a about a mysterious young woman in an elite sanitarium in Maryland, who seems to weave a magical spell all around her... (114 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
11.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
12.
Fail-Safe (1964)
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American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
13.
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
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A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
14.
Marnie (1964)
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Mark marries Marnie although she is a habitual thief and has serious psychological problems, and tries to help her confront and resolve them. (130 mins.)
 
15.
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
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The author of a best-selling fishing guide is actually incredibly inexperienced when it comes to the sport, which causes mayhem when he is entered into a competition. (120 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
16.
Kenjû zankoku monogatari (1964)
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A convict fresh out of prison, with a handicapped sister, is coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing an armored racetrack car heist. (87 mins.)
Director: Takumi Furukawa
 
17.
Seven Days in May (1964)
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United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President because he supports a nuclear disarmament treaty and they fear a Soviet sneak attack. (118 mins.)
 
18.
Onibaba (1964)
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
19.
The Flame of Devotion (1964)
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(121 mins.)
 
20.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
21.
Black Peter (1964)
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Reality movie of a few days in the life of a Czechoslovak teenager when he starts work. (85 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
22.
Diamonds of the Night (1964)
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Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another... (63 mins.)
Director: Jan Nemec
 
23.
Pale Flower (1964)
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A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. (96 mins.)
 
24.
The Best Man (1964)
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The two front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement. (102 mins.)
 
25.
The Patsy (1964)
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When a star comedian dies, his comedy team, decides to train a nobody to fill the shoes of the Star in a big TV show (a Patsy)... (101 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
 
26.
The Great Killing (1964)
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A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun... (118 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
27.
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
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Jealous piano teacher Orville Spooner sends his beautiful wife, Zelda, away for the night while he tries to sell a song to famous nightclub singer Dino, who is stranded in town. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
28.
Revenge (1964)
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After killing a high-ranking officer in an illegal duel, a low-ranking samurai is declared insane and challenged to a fixed duel by the vengeful clan to which his dead opponent belonged to. (104 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
29.
Intentions of Murder (1964)
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A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar. (150 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
30.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
31.
Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)
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A medium and her husband stage a kidnapping in order for her to pretend to solve the crime and achieve fame. (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
32.
Black God, White Devil (1964)
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Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism... (120 mins.)
Director: Glauber Rocha
 
33.
Une Femme Mariée (1964)
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Charlotte is young and modern, not a hair out of place, superficial, cool; she reads fashion magazines - does she have the perfect bust... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
34.
Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
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In 1960s Dublin a young girl becomes involved with an older man, a much-travelled and still married land-owner. (91 mins.)
Director: Desmond Davis
 
35.
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
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Celestine, the chambermaid, has new job on the country. The Monteils, who she works for are a group of strange people... (101 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
36.
The Naked Kiss (1964)
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Kelly, a prostitute, traumatised by an experience, referred to as 'The Naked Kiss,' by psychiatrists... (90 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
37.
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
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The rich man Domenico and Filumena, a penniless prostitute, share great part of their lives in the immediate post WWII Italy. (102 mins.)
 
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39.
Love Meetings (1964 Documentary)
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Microphone in hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini asks Italians to talk about sex: he asks children where babies come from... (92 mins.)
 
40.
Courage for Every Day (1964)
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Jarda Lukás (Jan Kacer), a worker from a big machine-tool plant, enjoyed a rather decent career after the Communist putsch in February 1948... (85 mins.)
Director: Evald Schorm
 
41.
Krik (1964)
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TV mechanic Slávek (Josef Abrhám) takes his wife Ivana (Eva Límanová) to the maternity hospital... (80 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
42.
The Train (1964)
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In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
 
43.
The Pawnbroker (1964)
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A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions. (116 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
44.
The Thursday (1964)
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E' la storia di una giornata vissuta da Dino, quatantenne, separato dalla moglie, che vede il figlio Robertino dopo cinque anni... (105 mins.)
Director: Dino Risi
 
45.
The Magnificent Cuckold (1964)
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Andrea Artust begins to have doubts about the loyalty of his beautiful wife . When doubt becomes an obsession , his behavior becomes completely crazy , stalking her relentlessly. (124 mins.)
 
46.
Valparaiso (1964 Documentary)
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A travelogue of Valparaiso, Chile, a city built on steep hills. Life is a constant struggle against geography... (34 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
47.
The Third Secret (1964)
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A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients... (103 mins.)
 
48.
Night Must Fall (1964)
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A psychotic killer gets in the good graces of his aging invalid employer, and worms his way into the affection of her beautiful daughter, with unpleasant results for all. (101 mins.)
Director: Karel Reisz
 
49.
Gertrud (1964)
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In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson. (116 mins.)
 
50.
Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
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A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
 
51.
Let's Talk About Women (1964)
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Vittorio Gassman stars as different characters in each of the nine episodes of this unusual Italian comedy. Playing everything from a practical joker to a prisoner, he comments upon romance, love and women in general. (107 mins.)
Director: Ettore Scola
 
52.
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
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The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation. (154 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
53.
Countersex (1964)
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(111 mins.)
 
54.
Assassination (1964)
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. (104 mins.)
 
55.
Time of Indifference (1964)
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A penniless countess falls in love with a cad, unaware that he is also involved on the side with her beautiful daughter. (89 mins.)
 
56.
The Warm Life (1964)
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Attractive teenager Sergia usually hangs out with her older sister and her circle of mature friends... (104 mins.)
 
57.
Only on Mondays (1964)
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Yuka is a "good-time girl" from Yokohama who is persuaded by her papa to sleep with a foreign business executive so that he can close an important deal. (94 mins.)
Director: Kô Nakahira
 
58.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
60.
Hamlet (1964)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable. (140 mins.)
 
61.
Audition (1964 Documentary)
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Two closely related episodes. Youths make problems for two local orchestras about to compete nationally, and in a talent competition a young girl gets stage fright, while another lies to her boss to compete. (47 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman