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Hundreds of full-length films were produced during the 1960s.
Historical drama films continued to include epics, in the style of from 1959, with Ben-Hur (1963), but also evolving with 20th-century settings, such as Cleopatra (1961), The Guns of Navarone (1962) and Lawrence of Arabia (1965). Doctor Zhivago
Psychological horror films extended, beyond the stereotypical monster films of Dracula/ Frankenstein or Wolfman, to include more twisted films, such as (1960) and Psycho 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 (1963), The Pink Panther (1967), or The President's Analyst (1966). A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1961) elevated the concept of a comedy-drama, where the subtle comedy conceals the harsher elements of the drama beneath, and Breakfast at Tiffany's Stanley Kubrick's (1964) set a new standard for Dr. Strangelove 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 (1962) or Dr. No (1964) and Goldfinger (1965). This Spy mania extended throughout the world with many countries notable Italy and Spain producing many of their own fantastical spy films. Thunderball Similar to
spy films, the heist or caper film included worldly settings and hi-tech gadgets, as in the original (1960), Ocean's Eleven (1964) or Topkapi (1968). The Thomas Crown Affair The
spaghetti westerns (made in Italy and Spain), were typified by Clint Eastwood films, such as (1965) or For a Few Dollars More (1966). Several other American and Italian actors were also prominent in such westerns including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Lee Van Cleef and Franco Nero.
Science-fiction or fantasy films employed a wider range of special effects, as in the original of (1960) and The Time Machine (1961), or with animated aliens or mythical creatures, as in the Mysterious Island Harryhausen animation for (1963) and Jason and the Argonauts (1966). Some extensive sets were built to simulate alien worlds or zero-gravity chambers, as in space-station and spaceship sets for the epic One Million Years B.C. (1968), the psychedelic, space settings for the erotic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and with ape-city in the original Barbarella (1968). Russian Planet of the Apes 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.
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