Film in History (Part 2)

Events in Film & TV

Events 101 - 200 of 335


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1954-04-26 "Seven Samurai", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune, is released

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • 1955-08-26 "Pather Panchali", Indian film directed by Satyajit Ray, starring Subir Banerjee, Kanu Banerjee and Karuna Banerjee, is released

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1956-03-13 "The Searchers" American western film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Natalie Wood is released

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
  • 1956-03-14 Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
  • 1956-10-23 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

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1957-12-13 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

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1958-05-09 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

  • 1958-09-05 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, NC
  • 1959-05-04 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released
  • 1959-06-18 New York City premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"
  • 1959-07-18 Los Angeles premiere of the film version of Kathryn Hulme's "The Nun's Story"

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1959-10-07 "Pillow Talk" film directed by Michael Gordon and starring Doris Day and Rock Hudson is first released

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

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1960-02-03 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1960-03-17 One of the first French New Wave films, "Breathless", directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg is released in France
  • 1960-05-15 "L'Avventura", Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti. premieres at Cannes
  • 1960-06-16 "Psycho", psychological horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, and Vera Miles, opens in New York City

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1960-11-04 "Misfits" premieres, final movie for Clark Gable & Marilyn Monroe

  • 1960-11-13 Fire in movie theater kills 152 children (Amude, Spain)

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1961-01-25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • 1961-07-19 1st in-flight movie shown (TWA)
  • 1961-09-23 1st movie to become a TV series-How to Marry a Millionaire
  • 1961-09-28 Walt Disney's movie "Grey Friars Bobby" premieres
  • 1961-10-18 "West Side Story", directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)
  • 1962-01-16 Shooting begins on "Dr No" the first James Bond film
  • 1962-02-16 "La Jetée", French film directed by Chris Marker, starring Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich and Jacques Ledoux, is released

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1962-10-05 "Dr. No", 1st James Bond film based on the novel by Ian Fleming and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premieres in London

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1962-12-16 "Lawrence of Arabia" film directed by David Lean and starring Peter O'Toole, is released in the United States

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence

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1962-12-25 "To Kill a Mockingbird", a film adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee, directed by Robert Mulligan and starring Gregory Peck, is released (Gregory Peck - Best Actor Academy Awards 1963)

  • 1963-06-24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • 1963-12-20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

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1964-10-21 Film version of "My Fair Lady" directed by George Cukor and starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn premieres in New York (Academy Awards Best Picture 1965)

  • 1964-12-19 "Gertrud", Danish film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe and Ebbe Rode, is released in France

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1965-03-02 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1965-06-07 Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995
  • 1965-07-29 Beatles movie "Help" premieres, Queen Elizabeth attends
  • 1965-08-11 Beatles movie "Help" opens in NYC
  • 1966-10-18 "Persona", Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann, is released
  • 1967-10-18 Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" film is released
  • 1967-10-20 A purported bigfoot is filmed at Bluff Creek by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin in Northern Califonia
  • 1967-12-16 "Playtime", French film directed by Jacques Tati, starring himself, is released
  • 1968-05-31 Movie star James Stewart retires from the US Air Force after 27 years of service, and is promoted to major general by President Reagan
  • 1968-06-12 U.S. premiere of horror film "Rosemary's Baby", based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Ira Levin
  • 1968-07-17 The Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine" premieres in London

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1968-10-01 Cult zombie film "Night of the Living Dead" directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea premieres in Pittsburgh

  • 1968-11-14 U.S. premiere of film version of Morris L. West's best seller "The Shoes of the Fisherman"
  • 1968-12-12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"-never aired
  • 1969-02-16 "Andrei Rublev", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Anatoly Solonitsyn and Ivan Lapikov, premieres in Moscow after a limited release in 1966
  • 1969-03-26 Marcus Welby MD, a TV movie is shown on ABC-TV
  • 1969-08-22 Beatles record a video for "Long & Winding Road"
  • 1969-12-18 "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", 6th James Bond Film starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, premieres in London
  • 1970-01-27 Movie rating system modifies "M" rating to "PG"

  • 1970-05-13 Beatles movie "Let it Be" premieres
  • 1970-05-20 Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premieres in UK
  • 1970-06-24 "Catch 22" opens in movie theaters
  • 1970-12-16 "Love Story" film based on the novel by Erich Segal, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw is released
  • 1971-02-14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

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1971-06-24 "McCabe and Mrs Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released

Actress Julie Christie
Actress
Julie Christie
Singer-songwriter and writer Leonard Cohen
Singer-songwriter and writer
Leonard Cohen
  • 1971-07-28 Dutch ends censorship of "Blue Movie"
  • 1971-11-30 TV movie "Brian's Song" airs for 1st time on ABC-TV
  • 1971-12-14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • 1972-02-14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • 1972-02-17 TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Wayne Rogers debuts on CBS in the US
  • 1972-11-01 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
  • 1972-11-26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin

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1974-02-07 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actor Gene Wilder
Actor
Gene Wilder
  • 1974-10-30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1975-03-07 "Mirror", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Margarita Terekhova and Ignat Daniltsev, is released
  • 1975-06-07 Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public

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1976-04-06 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts
  • 1976-06-24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • 1976-10-24 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film "Rush")

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1976-11-14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

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1977-05-25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher

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1977-07-07 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • 1977-09-08 Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
  • 1978-01-20 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"
  • 1978-02-10 U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction

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1978-05-01 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

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1978-06-11 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 1978-08-19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • 1978-09-01 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino
  • 1978-10-14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"

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1978-10-25 "Halloween", directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress
Jamie Lee Curtis
Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • 1978-10-28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • 1978-11-26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"

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1978-12-10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • 1979-05-14 "Stalker", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Alexander Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn, is released
  • 1980-05-09 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • 1980-07-02 Comedy film "Airplane!" written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres
  • 1980-11-20 United Artists withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing

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1981-02-06 Crime film "Fort Apache: The Bronx" starring Paul Newman released amid protests in the US

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • 1981-03-30 "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson and starring Ben Cross and Ian Charleson premieres at a Royal Command Film Performance (Best Picture 1982)
  • 1982-01-10 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict
  • 1982-03-21 Movie "Annie" premieres
  • 1982-08-02 Roger Ebert's "Movie News" premieres on ABC FM network
  • 1983-06-02 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" released in Germany
  • 1983-11-20 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war

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1984-01-27 Michael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

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1984-04-22 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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1984-05-23 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", 2nd in the film series, directed by Stephen Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford, opens in the US

Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg

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