For the U.S., 1968 was a sociopolitical crossroads at which a war, political schisms, activism, youth culture, style, the arts and the widening gender gap all converged in a fast moment of change. The exhibit 1968: The Year That Rocked History, which officially opens to the public on Saturday, February 7 and runs through May 10 at the History Colorado Center, brings all of those divergent directions together; in advance of the show's debut, we're rolling out a suite of lists to prep you for the 1968 experience.
In 1968, cinema provided a welcome escape from the world's problems, as it had from the start of the art form. Steve McQueen was a marquee king with the action hit Bullitt, Barbra Streisand was winning over the world as Fanny Brice in the musical Funny Girl and the MPAA began to institute its now infamous ratings system. But there were also a new crop of films that appealed to the eyeballs of a generation ready to tune in, turn on and drop out.
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