1966-1971: The original Dark Shadows gothic soap opera captivates monster and suspense lovers.
2012: Long-time fans Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer celebrated their love of the franchise with a new imagining of the Barnabas Collins storyline. This big-budget Hollywood adaption, the third film to be based on the TV series (the first two starred original series cast members in 1970 and 1971), emphasized the fish-out-of-water elements of the 18th century vampire who was freed into the 1970s.
While polarizing to many fans who were unhappy with the comedic direction of the film, the production was lavish and included a wonderful retro soundtrack. Tim Burton’s unique visual style created a creepy look and Danny Elfman’s nods to the original soap’s score created a wonderful dark mood to balance the humorous scenes.
Between 1960s and 1970s, Leonid Gaidai directed a number of top-selling comedic films in the USSR including; Operation Y and Other Adventures of Shurik (1965), Kidnapping Caucasian Style (1966), Twelve Chairs (1971), and Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (1973),etc. His films were full of physical comedy as well as sharp wit. Many of the quotes from his films have been absorbed into the Russian language. His most famous film, The Diamond Arm (1968), sold 76,700,000 ticks in the Soviet Union alone, and at least five of his films had sold more than 50 million tickets. Yet due to the state-controlled nature of the Soviet movie industry, all of the revenue went back to the state. Gaidai received a small percentage of ticket sales but this did not last long as even a small royalty would quickly have made him a multimillionaire. With the perestroika and changes in the society, Gaidai’s success declined but even to this day he remains one of the most popular Soviet comedy directors.
Leonid Gaidai (January 30, 1923- November 19,1993)
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY tells the story of the brilliant, often outrageous women who founded the feminist movement of the 1960s. They said ‘the personal is political’ and made a revolution: in the bedroom, in the workplace, in all spheres of life. Called threatening by the FBI, yet ignored in many histories, these women changed the world. (imdb)