1964 in film

The year 1964 in film involved some significant events, including two highly successful musical films, My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins.

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In television


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. My Fair Lady Warner Bros. $72,000,000[1]
2. Goldfinger United Artists $51,081,062[2]
3. Mary Poppins Disney $31,000,000[3]
4. The Carpetbaggers Paramount $28,409,547[4]
5. From Russia with Love United Artists $24,796,765[5]
6. A Fistful of Dollars $14,500,000[6]
7. Father Goose Universal $12,500,000[7]
8. A Shot in the Dark United Artists $12,368,234[8]
9. A Hard Day's Night $12,299,668[9]
10. The Night of the Iguana MGM $12,000,000[10]


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: My Fair LadyWarner Bros.
Best Director: George CukorMy Fair Lady
Best Actor: Rex HarrisonMy Fair Lady
Best Actress: Julie AndrewsMary Poppins
Best Supporting Actor: Peter UstinovTopkapi
Best Supporting Actress: Lila KedrovaZorba the Greek
Best Foreign Language Film: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ieri, oggi, domani), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: Becket
Best Actor: Peter O'TooleBecket
Best Actress: Anne BancroftThe Pumpkin Eater
Comedy or Musical:
Best Picture: My Fair Lady
Best Actor: Rex HarrisonMy Fair Lady
Best Actress: Julie AndrewsMary Poppins
Best Supporting Actor: Edmond O'BrienSeven Days in May
Best Supporting Actress: Agnes MooreheadHush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Best Director: George CukorMy Fair Lady

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), directed by Jacques Demy, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Il deserto rosso (The Red Desert), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Susuz Yaz (Dry Summer), directed by Ismail Metin, Turkey

1964 film releases

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Notable films released in 1964

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Short film series



Film debuts


  1. ^ "My Fair Lady (1964)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for Goldfinger". Box Office Mojo. 1964-12-22. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. ^ "Box Office Information for Mary Poppins". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. ^ Box Office Information for The Carpetbaggers. The Numbers. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Box Office Information for From Russia with Love. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Box Office Information for A Fistful of Dollars. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Box Office Information for Father Goose. The Numbers. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "A Shot in the Dark (1964)". Box Office Mojo. 1964-06-23. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  9. ^ Box Office Information for A Hard Day's Night. The Numbers. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Box Office Information for The Night of the Iguana. IMDb. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  11. ^ Overview for Swingers' Paradise (1965)", Turner Classic Movies page
1960s in film

Historical drama films continued to include epics, in the style of Ben-Hur from 1959, with Cleopatra (1963), but also evolving with 20th-century settings, such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Psychological horror films extended, beyond the stereotypical monster films of Dracula/Frankenstein or Wolfman, to include more twisted films, such as Psycho (1960) and Roger Corman's Poe adaptations for American International Pictures as well as British companies Hammer Horror and Amicus Productions. Other European filmmakers like Mario Bava directed many notable horror films.

Comedy films became more elaborate, such as The Pink Panther (1963), The President's Analyst (1967), or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) elevated the concept of a comedy-drama, where the subtle comedy conceals the harsher elements of the drama beneath, and Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) set a new standard for satire by turning a story about nuclear holocaust into a sophisticated black comedy.

Beyond the trenchcoat and film noir, spy films expanded with worldly settings and hi-tech gadgets, such as the James Bond films Dr. No (1962) or Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). This Spy mania extended throughout the world with many countries notable Italy and Spain producing many of their own fantastical spy films.

Similar to spy films, the heist or caper film included worldly settings and hi-tech gadgets, as in the original Ocean's Eleven (1960), Topkapi (1964) or The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).

The spaghetti westerns (made in Italy and Spain), were typified by Clint Eastwood films, such as For a Few Dollars More (1965) or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Several other American and Italian actors were also prominent in such westerns including Lee Van Cleef and Franco Nero.

Science-fiction or fantasy films employed a wider range of special effects, as in the original of The Time Machine (1960) and Mysterious Island (1961), or with animated aliens or mythical creatures, as in the Harryhausen animation for Jason and the Argonauts (1963) and One Million Years B.C. (1966). Some extensive sets were built to simulate alien worlds or zero-gravity chambers, as in space-station and spaceship sets for the epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the psychedelic, space settings for the erotic Barbarella (1968), and with ape-city in the original Planet of the Apes (1968). Russian fairy-tale fantasy was also prominent with the likes of Aleksandr Rou directing many such films.Beginning in the middle of the decade due to the start of the cultural revolution and the abolition of the Hays Code, films became increasingly experimental and daring and were taking shape of what was to define the 1970s.

1961 in radio

The year 1961 in radio involved some significant events.

1961 in television

The year 1961 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1961.

For the American TV schedule, see: 1961–62 United States network television schedule.

1964 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1964 in New Zealand.

37th Academy Awards

The 37th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1964. For the first time, an award was presented in the field of makeup.

The Best Picture winner of 1964, director George Cukor's My Fair Lady, was about the transformative training of a rough-speaking flower girl into a lady. The musical had run for many years on the stage in both NYC and London. Audrey Hepburn, the female lead of the film, was controversially not nominated for Best Actress. The unpopularity of her replacing Julie Andrews – who had originated the role on Broadway and, coincidentally, the Best Actress winner of the year for Mary Poppins – as well as the revelation that the majority of her singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon (which wasn't approved by Hepburn herself) were seen as the main reasons for the snub.

The ceremony was produced by MGM's Joe Pasternak and hosted, for the 14th time, by Bob Hope. The awards show was a star-studded one, including an appearance by Judy Garland, who sang a medley of Cole Porter songs in tribute to the composer, who had died in October 1964.

This year was the only time in Oscar history where three films got twelve or more nominations: Becket and My Fair Lady each received twelve, while Mary Poppins received thirteen. It was also the first year since the inception of the Supporting Actor and Actress categories wherein all four acting Oscars were won by non-American performers; this would be repeated at the 80th Academy Awards.

A Hard Day's Night (film)

A Hard Day's Night is a 1964 British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. The film portrays 36 hours in the lives of the group.

The film was a financial and critical success. Forty years after its release, Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films. In 1997, British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a "comic fantasia with music; an enormous commercial success with the director trying every cinematic gag in the book" and awarded it a full four stars. The film is credited as being one of the most influential of all musical films, inspiring numerous spy films, the Monkees' television show and pop music videos. In 1999, the British Film Institute ranked it the 88th greatest British film of the 20th century.

Daylight Robbery (1964 film)

Daylight Robbery is a 1964 British film from the Children's Film Foundation.

Gertrud (film)

Gertrud is a 1964 Danish drama film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, based on the 1906 play of the same name by Hjalmar Söderberg. The title role of Gertrud Kanning is played by Nina Pens Rode, with Bendt Rothe as her husband, Gustav Kanning, and Baard Owe as her lover, Erland Jansson.

Gertrud was Dreyer's final film. It is notable for its many long takes, one of which is a nearly ten-minute take of Gertrud and her ex-lover, Gabriel, talking about their pasts. The film opened to divided responses but is now considered one of Dreyer's major works.

La Bonne Soupe

La Bonne Soupe is a 1964 French film.

It was also known as Careless Love.

List of Golden Globe Awards ceremonies

The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

List of Italian films of 1964

Following is a sortable list of films produced in Italy in 1964.

List of Japanese films of 1964

A list of films released in Japan in 1964 (see 1964 in film).

List of Soviet films of 1964

A list of films produced in the Soviet Union in 1964 (see 1964 in film).

List of Spanish films of 1964

A list of films produced in Spain in 1964 (see 1964 in film).

List of Turkish films (alphabetical)

A list of films produced in Turkey and in the Turkish language in alphabetical order. For a list of films by year see List of Turkish films for guidance.

Unholy Desire

Unholy Desire or Intentions of Murder (赤い殺意, Akai Satsui, literally "Red Murderous Intent") is a 1964 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. This film embodies many of the central interests in Imamura's career including strong, lower-class women who survive in spite of their oppressive surroundings, and an earthy, humorous approach to sex.

1964 films

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