1969: The End of Innocence


1969 was a pivotal year for Hollywood. As age-old certainties crumbled away, studios responded to political upheaval and social change by creating films that more keenly reflected the times. Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar, whilst the phenomenal success of Easy Rider signalled the arrival of a new wave of adventurous young filmmakers who refused to play by Hollywood rules. This year’s retrospective salutes that glorious, tumultuous year with a blast of classics and rarities, all showing on the big screen where they can be seen at their very best. You can watch Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, catch Haskell Wexler’s undisputed classic Medium Cool, admire Shirley MacLaine’s tour de force in Sweet Charity, and take in Sam Peckinpah’s legendary western The Wild Bunch. Even better, all of the retrospective films are screening absolutely free of charge. Everyone is welcome!


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