1963. An “art” theater. A “French” movie. Code words for a glimpse of bare breast…or maybe more. A newspaper review hinted at maybe more. The attraction: Last Year at Marienbad. Not your typical pop culture date movie. The early evening house was packed with baby boomer college students fresh from an afternoon of imbibing at fraternity rush parties.
The mostly male audience was well behaved for about five minutes. The movie featured offbeat camera angles, illogical sequences, enigmatic scenes, impossible-to-follow plots, plus obscure dialogue exacerbated by English subtitles.
The public unrest began with scattered rude sounds, quickly escalating into mass catcalls and booing. It ended when someone tossed a Coke bottle that ripped the screen. Patrons stormed the box office for refunds. Police were dispatched.
The next day the “movie riot” was noted in the local newspaper, which chastised both the students and French cinema.
To this day, critics are divided over the movie. Some call it a “masterpiece of French surrealism.” Micheal Medved regards the film as “pretentious and incomprehensible,” placing it on his 50 Worst Movies of All Time. Last Year at Marienbad received an Academy Award nomination for Original Screenplay Writing.
Baby Boomer Trivia Questions
►One of these movies did not win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Life is Beautiful
La Cage Aux Folles
►Who is the only performer to win a Best Actress Academy Award for a foreign language film?
►Match the European femme fatale to her movie:
La Dolce Vita
And God Created Woman
Solomon and Sheba
What’s New, Pussycat?
Gina Lollobrigida, Ursula Andress, Anita Ekberg, Brigitte Bardot
Answers at end of post
Today in Baby Boomer History
1992: Newscaster Joan Lunden is ordered to pay her ex-husband $18,000 a month support.
1980: Best strawberry ever picked. New York Mets choose 18-year-old sensation Darryl Strawberry as its #1 in the baseball draft.
1979: Elephant Man wins Best Drama and Sweeny Todd is Best Musical at the Tony Awards.
Johnny Depp starred in the movie version
1972: Mozel tov. The first female U.S. rabbi is installed.
1970: First artificial gene is synthesized.
1969: Beam me down, Scottie. Last episode of Star Trek airs on television.
1968: Poor People’s March on Washington, D.C.
1967: She gets it. Aretha Franklin’s Respect reaches #1.
1964: Rolling Stones begins its first U.S. tour, with Bobby Goldsboro and Bobby Vee.
1961: President Kennedy and Khrushchev meet in Vienna.
1946: The bikini bathing suit is unveiled (in Paris).
Le premier bikini
1946: Supreme Court rules that race separation on public buses is unconstitutional.
Answers to Baby Boomer Trivia Questions
►La Cage Aux Folles did not win a Best Foreign Film award.
►Sophia Loren took Best Actress in 1960.
La Dolce Vita→ Anita Ekberg
And God Created Woman→ Brigitte Bardot
Solomon and Sheba→ Gina Lollobrigida
What’s New, Pussycat?→ Ursula Andress
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