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Behind the scenes photos of classic movies from the 60s

Ian Smith

Unquestionably, the ’60s was the golden era in Hollywood. Some of the most influential classic films such as Psycho, The Graduate, 2001: Space Odyssey and Cleopatra  has been released in this decade.

There is something quaintly beautiful about the counterculture movies of the ‘60s: the classiness, the costumes, that slangy dialogue.

Hundreds of full-length films were produced during the 1960s.Historical drama films continued to include epics, in the style of Ben-Hur from 1959, with Cleopatra (1963), but also evolving with 20th-century settings, such as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965).

If you are a  loyal aficionado of this period,  you are in for a treat today. We gathered some awesome behind the scenes photos of the most iconic movies of the ’60s.

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Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Louis Jordan and cast play host to visiting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the set of Can-Can (1960).

Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Louis Jordan and cast play host to visiting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the set of Can-Can (1960).source.

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2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)2001 A Space Odyssey (1968)source

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G.I. Blues (1960) behind the scenes

G.I. Blues (1960) behind the scenes.source

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anet Leigh and John Gavin share an intimate moment with at least four other people and tons of equipment in Psycho (1960).

anet Leigh and John Gavin share an intimate moment with at least four other people and tons of equipment in Psycho (1960).source

Psychological horror films extended, beyond the stereotypical monster films of Dracula/Frankenstein or Wolfman, to include more twisted films, such as Psycho (1960) and Roger Corman’s Poe adaptations for American International Pictures as well as British companies Hammer Horror and Amicus Productions. Other European filmmakers likeMario Bava directed many notable horror films.Comedy films became more elaborate, such as The Pink Panther (1963), The President’s Analyst (1967), or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966).Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) elevated the concept of a comedy-drama, where the subtle comedy conceals the harsher elements of the drama beneath, and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964) set a new standard for satire by turning a story about nuclear holocaust into a sophisticated black comedy.

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Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard behind the scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard behind the scenes of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.source

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The cast warm up and stretch prior to shooting the Prologue number in West Side Story (1961).

The cast warm up and stretch prior to shooting the Prologue number in West Side Story (1961).source

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Sean Connery as James Bond and Noel Coward in a behind the scenes photo from Dr. No

Sean Connery as James Bond and Noel Coward in a behind the scenes photo from Dr. No.source

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Richard Burton, Rex Harrison & Joseph L.Mankiewicz 'Cleopatra', behind the scenes. 1963

Richard Burton, Rex Harrison & Joseph L.Mankiewicz ‘Cleopatra’, behind the scenes. 1963.source

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Irene Sharaff with Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra 1963

Irene Sharaff with Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra 1963.source

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Director Billy Wilder vividly demontrates to Jack Lemmon how he wants the scene to progress on the set of Irma La Douce (1963).

Director Billy Wilder vividly demontrates to Jack Lemmon how he wants the scene to progress on the set of Irma La Douce (1963).source

 

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Actor Slim Pickens gets ready to ride a nuclear missile to oblivion in the climax of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

Actor Slim Pickens gets ready to ride a nuclear missile to oblivion in the climax of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).source

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On the set of '2001' with Kubrick and Keir Dullea 1968

On the set of ‘2001’ with Kubrick and Keir Dullea 1968source

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Slant boards keep Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn’s elegant attire wrinkle-free during a break on the Burbank set of My Fair Lady (1964).

Slant boards keep Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn’s elegant attire wrinkle-free during a break on the Burbank set of My Fair Lady (1964).’source

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Sharon Tate behind the scenes of Eye of the Devil, 1965

Sharon Tate behind the scenes of Eye of the Devil, 1965.source

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Julie Andrews is doused with water before her confrontational scene with Christopher Plummer during location shooting in Austria for The Sound of Music (1965).

Julie Andrews is doused with water before her confrontational scene with Christopher Plummer during location shooting in Austria for The Sound of Music (1965).source

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Behind the scenes on the 1966 Batman movie

Behind the scenes on the 1966 Batman movie.source

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Behind the scenes on The Graduate 1967

Behind the scenes on The Graduate 1967source

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Katharine Hepburn on the set of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967.                               Katharine Hepburn on the set of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967.source