Movies: 1962 Was A Very Good Year

1939 is generally seen as the gold-standard year for movies, the ultimate flowering of the studio system before the war turned everything earnest. But blogger Jeffrey Wells reminds us that 1962 was also spectacular. And how could it not be — it gave us two of my favorite movies: Lawrence of Arabia and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (pictured). As well as: Jules and Jim, The Manchurian Candidate, To Kill a Mockingbird, Knife in the Water, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, L’Eclisse, Lolita, The Exterminating Angel, Ride the High Country, The Miracle Worker, The Longest Day, Days of Wine and Roses, and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.

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