The 1960s Portal
The 1960s (pronounced "nineteen-sixties") was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on 1 January 1960, and ended on 31 December 1969.
The term "1960s" also refers to an era more often called the Sixties, denoting the complex of inter-related cultural and political trends around the globe. This "cultural decade" is more loosely defined than the actual decade, beginning around 1963 with the Kennedy assassination and ending around 1974 with the Watergate scandal.
is a 1960 American suspense
directed by Alfred Hitchcock
starring Anthony Perkins
, Vera Miles
, John Gavin
, and Janet Leigh
. The screenplay is by Joseph Stefano
, based on the 1959 novel of the same name
by Robert Bloch
loosely inspired by the crimes of Wisconsin murderer
and grave robber Ed Gein
. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane
(Leigh), who ends up at a secluded motel after embezzling
money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates
(Perkins), and its aftermath. When originally made, the film was seen as a departure from Hitchcock's previous film North by Northwest
, being filmed on a low budget, with a television crew and in black and white. Psycho
initially received mixed reviews, but outstanding box office
returns prompted reconsideration which led to overwhelming critical acclaim and four Academy Award
nominations, including Best Supporting Actress
for Leigh and Best Director
for Hitchcock. Ranked among the greatest films of all time
, it set a new level of acceptability for violence, deviant behavior and sexuality in American films.
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; born Robert Allen Zimmerman
; May 24, 1941) is an American musician, singer-songwriter
, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind
" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'
", became anthems for the US civil rights
movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival
, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone
" radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments
attracted denunciation and criticism
from others in the folk movement. Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture
. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard
, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie
, Robert Johnson
, and Hank Williams
, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres