The films that shocked people in the '60s That was studio chief Jack Warner's review of "Bonnie and Clyde" when he first screened it in Early reaction from influential critics decrying its violence wasn't much better. Making " Bonnie and Clyde " would have been impossible for Warner Bros.
Its portrayal of attractive young killers would have collided with the censorship code, which demanded "the sympathy of the audience shall never be thrown to the side of crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin. The youth-oriented "Bonnie and Clyde" was one of the final nails in the coffin of the Production Code, or Hays Code, the self-censorship that had ruled American movies for more than 30 years.
The industry would soon ditch the strict regulations and adopt ratings that allowed filmmakers more freedom and let parents decide which films their children could see. The decade was ripe for the ratings system, according to Joan Graves, current head of the movie ratings board. It was a complete reversal of rules," she says. The '60s conjure up images of sex, violence, drugs, and political and social revolt, but few American films then could reflect this tumult. But the decade was also a time of pivotal change — politically, socially and technologically.
Check out 60 of the most iconic moments of the decade. Hide Caption 1 of 61 Photos: Service never came for the "Greensboro Four," as they came to be known, and their peaceful demonstration drew national attention and sparked more "sit-ins" in Southern cities.
Hide Caption 2 of 61 Photos: Here, Presley, 25, is pictured with his future wife, Priscilla, shortly before his discharge from the U. Presley served two years in the Army. Hide Caption 3 of 61 Photos: At least black Africans, most of them women and children, were injured and 69 were killed in the Sharpeville massacre that signaled the start of armed resistance against apartheid.
Hide Caption 4 of 61 Photos: Maiman's ruby laser, created on May 16, , is considered to be one of the top technological achievements of the 20th century. Hide Caption 5 of 61 Photos: Food and Drug Administration approved Enovid, the first birth-control pill for women. Hide Caption 6 of 61 Photos: Vice President Richard Nixon, left, and Sen.
The debate is largely credited with helping to make a star out of Kennedy, who won the election later that year. Hide Caption 7 of 61 Photos: It was a complete disaster for President John F.
Hide Caption 8 of 61 Photos: The book helped spark the sexual revolution and popularize the notion that the modern woman could "have it all," including a successful career and a fulfilling sex life. Hide Caption 9 of 61 Photos: Dueling players fired at each other's spaceships using early versions of joysticks.
This photo shows the three "Spacewar! Hide Caption 10 of 61 Photos: Food and Drug Administration to designate it an experimental drug in Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary, pictured here, became an advocate for the drug, coining the phrase, "Turn on, tune in, drop out. With the most recent Bond film released in "Skyfall" , the James Bond series is the longest running film series of all time.
Hide Caption 12 of 61 Photos: Officials ruled her death as probable suicide from sleeping pill overdose, but to this day there remain many conspiracy theories.
Hide Caption 13 of 61 Photos: The issue is one of the most valuable comics of all time. Hide Caption 14 of 61 Photos: They retired from the late-night talk show 30 years later. Hide Caption 15 of 61 Photos: Kennedy delivers a nationally televised address about the Cuban missile crisis on October 22, After learning that the Soviet Union had begun shipping missiles to Cuba, Kennedy announced a strategic blockade of Cuba and warned the Soviet Union that the U.
Hide Caption 16 of 61 Photos: The aircraft's first flight would take place on February 9, The is credited with opening the door to domestic travel for millions of everyday Americans. Hide Caption 17 of 61 Photos: Hide Caption 18 of 61 Photos: Hide Caption 19 of 61 Photos: The country music star and three others were killed in a plane crash March 5, , near Camden, Tennessee.
Hide Caption 20 of 61 Photos: Here, the band is honored on November 18, , for the massive sales of albums "Please Please Me" and "With the Beatles. Wallace is standing in the doorway to prevent two African-American students from entering despite a presidential order. Wallace, who was pro-segregation, later stood aside. Hide Caption 22 of 61 Photos: Evers was assassinated days earlier at his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Hide Caption 23 of 61 Photos: Hide Caption 24 of 61 Photos: Martin Luther King Jr.
The speech is considered one of the most important in American history, and it helped rally support for the Civil Rights Act of Hide Caption 25 of 61 Photos: One month later, it became network television's first nightly half-hour news program. Hide Caption 26 of 61 Photos: Four African-American girls were killed and at least 14 others were wounded when a bomb blast tore through church services on September 15, Three former Ku Klux Klan members were later convicted of murder for the bombing.
Hide Caption 27 of 61 Photos: The phone had extension buttons at the bottom for office use.