An argument ensued last night over what was the most quintessential sci-fi movie from the 1960’s. My friend insisted it was “2001: a Space Odyssey” because it was the 1960’s and, well, the subject involved an optimistic view of space travel and it involved a lengthy artistic sequence evocative of hallucinogenic drugs.
I thought that while one could argue that Kubrick’s masterpiece was perhaps the BEST sci-fi film of the decade, it was not the most representative film of the genre during that period, and that “Planet of the Apes” with all its you-nihilistic-humans social commentary was more exemplary of what the 1960’s were all about.
So what movies scream 1960’s! (any genre) in your opinion and why?