1969 in film

1969 in film

The year 1969 in film involved some significant events.


* Cannes Film Festival opens, but closes in support of a French general strike without awarding any prizes.
* Last year for the Venice Film Festival until it is revived in 1980.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)
source: http://www.boxofficereport.com/database/1969.shtml


Academy Awards:

:Best Picture: "Midnight Cowboy" - Hellman-Schlesinger, United Artists:Best Director: John Schlesinger, "Midnight Cowboy" :Best Actor: John Wayne - "True Grit" :Best Actress: Maggie Smith - "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" :Best Supporting Actor : Gig Young, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?":Best Supporting Actress : Goldie Hawn, "Cactus Flower":Best Foreign Language Film: "Z", directed by Costa-Gavras, Algeria

Golden Globe Awards:

:Drama::Best Picture: "Anne of the Thousand Days":Best Actor: John Wayne - "True Grit":Best Actress: Geneviève Bujold - "Anne of the Thousand Days" :Musical or comedy::Best Picture: "The Secret of Santa Vittoria":Best Actor: Peter O'Toole - "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" :Best Actress: Patty Duke - "Me, Natalie"

:Other:Best Director: Charles Jarrott - "Anne of the Thousand Days"

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)::"If....", directed by Lindsay Anderson, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival)::"Rani Radovi" ("Early Works"), directed by Zelimir Zilnik, Yugoslavia

Films released in 1969

*"Alice's Restaurant"
*"All Monsters Attack"
*"Angel in My Pocket"
* "Andrei Rublev" (screening in Moscow and at the Cannes Film Festival 1969 / Official USSR release, 20 min. shorter, in 1971)
*"Anne of the Thousand Days"
*"The April Fools"
*"Army of Shadows", starring Lino Ventura
*"The Assassination Bureau"
*"Funeral Parade of Roses" by Toshio Matsumoto
*"Bambi Meets Godzilla (very short cult film)
*"Battle of Britain", starring Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer
*"The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", by Dario Argento
*"Blood of Dracula's Castle"
*"Blue Movie" by Andy Warhol
*"Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"
*"A Boy Named Charlie Brown"
*"The Bridge at Remagen"
*"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
*"Cactus Flower"
*"The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"
*"De Sade"
*"Death Rides a Horse" (U.S. release)
*"Easy Rider"
*"Gamera vs. Guiron"
*"Goodbye, Columbus"
*"Goodbye, Mr. Chips"
*"Hello, Dolly!", starring Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford
*"Hook, Line & Sinker, starring Jerry Lewis
*"If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"
*"The Italian Job starring Michael Caine
*"John and Mary"
*"The Love Bug"
*"The Magic Christian"
*"Medium Cool", directed by Haskell Wexler
*"Midnight Cowboy"
*"Monte Carlo or Bust"
*"Mosquito Squadron", a British WWII action film
*"My Night at Maud's"
*"Oh! What a Lovely War" directed by Richard Attenborough with Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and John Mills
*"On Her Majesty's Secret Service"
*"Once Upon a Time in the West" (U.S. release)
*"Paint Your Wagon"
*"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
*"The Promise"
*"Rani Radovi" ("Early Years"), Golden Bear winner
*"Ring of Bright Water"
*"The Secret of Santa Vittoria"
*"Support Your Local Sheriff!"
*"Sweet Charity"
*"Take the Money and Run"
*"The Reivers" -(film only mentioned in article)
*"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
*"This Man Must Die"
*"Topaz" by director Alfred Hitchcock
*"True Grit"
*"The Undefeated"
*"The Valley of Gwangi"
*"Where Eagles Dare" (U.S. release)
*"The Wild Bunch"
*"Winning" — starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
*"Women in Love"
*"Z", directed by Costa Gavras

hort Film Series

*"Looney Tunes" (1930-1969)
*"Merrie Melodies" (1931-1969)


*February 11 - Jennifer Aniston, American actress.
*April 25 - Renée Zellweger, actress
*May 14 - Cate Blanchett, actress
*July 24 - Jennifer Lopez, actress, singer
*August 18 - Edward Norton, actor
*October 19- Trey Parker, actor, creator of south park
*December 21 - Julie Delpy, actress

Film Debuts

* Sylvester Stallone
* Jon Voight


*January 4 - Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins, actresses, appeared in film "Freaks"
*January 8 - Leslie Goodwins, director
*February 2 - Boris Karloff, actor
*February 4 - Thelma Ritter, actress
*February 11 - James Lanphier, actor
*February 27 - John Boles, actor
*May 24 - Mitzi Green, actress
*May 27 - Jeffrey Hunter, actor
*June 8 - Robert Taylor, actor
*June 10 - Frank Lawton, actor
*June 13 - Martita Hunt, actress
*June 19 - Natalie Talmadge, silent screen actress
*June 22 - Judy Garland, actress
*July 5 - Leo McCarey, director
*July 8 - Gladys Swarthout, actress
*August 9 - Sharon Tate, actress, murdered by Charles Manson Family, wife of director Roman Polanski
*August 14 - Sigrid Gurie, actress
*August 15 - William Goetz, producer, studio executive
*October 12 - Sonja Henie, actress, former Olympic ice skater
*October 15 - Rod La Roque, silent screen actor

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