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1939 was good, but so was 1967

November 07, 2009

It's hard to dispute Kenneth Turan's claim that 1939 was "Hollywood's Greatest Year" ["Rest of the Best," Nov. 5]. But I'd be surprised to find much dispute that the films of 1967 were at least equal to those of 1939.

Consider these titles from 1967: "The Graduate," "In the Heat of the Night," "Bonnie and Clyde," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," "Cool Hand Luke," "In Cold Blood," "The Dirty Dozen," "The President's Analyst."

By any measure, these and other films of that year were not only artistic, critical and box office successes, but perhaps represented a watershed moment in cinema.

William Sottile

Palmdale

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