This is the first in a series of columns looking back at interesting years in movie history.
I'm going to pretend I have a time machine with a broken dial, and that each week's journey will be pretty much random (although I don't plan to go into the future). Each year, there are discrepancies around foreign films and other odd releases; sometimes they do not reach the United States until the following year or even many years later. So for the sake of our time traveling, we will have access to all the films in the world that year. For our inaugural journey, we have landed exactly fifty years in the past, in 1960.
What Was the Story?
Dwight D. Eisenhower would spend his last months in office, and John F. Kennedy is elected in November. Elvis Presley, recently returned from his famed military service, is still on the charts, but black music is more popular that year, with hits like Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind," Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow." Many American homes have a small, black-and-white TV set, and they can watch "The Twilight Zone" and "Bonanza" for free, without subscribing to cable. People are reading "Advise and Consent" by Allen Drury, and/or "Hawaii" by James A. Michener.