The Sixties: Yanks in Britain

Jun 17–24, 2009


A Hard Day’s Night. 1964. Great Britain. Directed by Richard Lester

It has become almost axiomatic that the mid-1960s were a high-water mark in British cinema history. While giving due acknowledgment to native British directors, such as Lindsay Anderson, John Boorman, Peter Brook, Clive Donner, David Lean, Ronald Neame, Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson, and John Schlesinger, this exhibition is intended to highlight the substantial role played by Americans who, for varying reasons, were drawn to British shores during the era. Partially the result of the collapse of the American studio system and the rise of international coproductions, the influx of Yanks made for an interesting mix, ranging from Oscar-winning spectacles to independent agitprop.

Organized by Charles Silver, Curator, Department of Film. Thanks to Martin Scorsese.


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