1961 in film

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List of years in film (table)
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • In television
    1958
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    1961
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    1963
    1964

    The year 1961 in film involved some significant events, with West Side Story winning 10 Academy Awards.

    Top-grossing films (US)[edit]

    Rank Title Studio Gross
    1. West Side Story United Artists $43,656,822[1]
    2. The Guns of Navarone Columbia $28,900,000[2]
    3. El Cid Allied Artists $26,600,000[3]
    4. The Absent-Minded Professor Walt Disney Productions $25,381,407[4]
    5. The Parent Trap Walt Disney Productions $25,150,385[5]
    6. La Dolce Vita Astor Pictures Corporation $19,516,000
    7. Lover Come Back Universal $16,937,969[6]
    8. King of Kings MGM $14,483,352[7]
    9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians Walt Disney Productions $14,000,000[8]
    10. Splendor in the Grass Warner Bros. $11,426,000
    11. Blue Hawaii Paramount $10,440,453[9]
    12. Judgment at Nuremberg United Artists $10,000,000[10]
    13. Breakfast at Tiffany's Paramount $9,551,904[11]
    14. The Misfits MGM $8,200,000[12]

    Top-grossing films by country[edit]

    The highest-grossing 1961 films from countries outside of North America.

    Country Title Studio Gross
    India Gunga Jumna Mehboob Studio $14,610,000[n 2]
    Soviet Union Striped Trip Lenfilm[15] $12,720,000[n 3]

    Awards[edit]

    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: West Side Story - Mirisch-B&P Enterprises, United Artists
    Best Director: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins - West Side Story
    Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg
    Best Actress: Sophia Loren - Two Women
    Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris - West Side Story
    Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno - West Side Story
    Best Foreign Language Film: Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel), directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

    Golden Globe Awards:

    Drama:
    Best Picture: The Guns of Navarone
    Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg
    Best Actress: Geraldine Page - Summer and Smoke
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture (tie): A Majority of One
    Best Picture (tie): West Side Story
    Best Actor: Glenn Ford - Pocketful of Miracles
    Best Actress: Rosalind Russell - A Majority of One
    Other
    Best Director: Stanley Kramer - Judgment at Nuremberg

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    The Long Absence (Une aussi longue absence), directed by Henri Colpi, France
    Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel, Spain

    Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

    Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad), directed by Alain Resnais, France

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    La Notte (The Night), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

    Notable films released in 1961[edit]

    US unless stated

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    Short film series[edit]

    Births[edit]

    Deaths[edit]

    Film debuts[edit]

    Notes[edit]

    1. ^ 4.79 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1948 to 1966[14]
    2. ^ 7 crore[13] (US$14.61 million)[n 1]
    3. ^ 11.45 million Soviet rubles (45.8 million tickets sold,[16] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[17] 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[18]

    References[edit]

    1. ^ Box Office Information for West Side Story. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    2. ^ Box Office Information for |The Guns of Navarone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    3. ^ Box Office Information for El Cid. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    4. ^ Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    5. ^ Box Office Information for The Parent Trap. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    6. ^ Box Office Information for Lover Come Back. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    7. ^ Box Office Information for King of Kings. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    8. ^ Box Office Information for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    9. ^ Box Office Information for Blue Hawaii. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    10. ^ Box Office Information for Judgment at Nuremberg. The Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
    11. ^ Box Office Information for Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    12. ^ Box Office Information for The Misfits. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
    13. ^ "Box Office 1961". Box Office India. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
    14. ^ "Rupee's journey since Independence: Down by 65 times against dollar", The Economic Times, 24 August 2013
    15. ^ Striped Trip on IMDb
    16. ^ Sergey Kudryavtsev. "Отечественные фильмы в советском кинопрокате". 
    17. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
    18. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls