Live Poll: Favorite Independent Film of the 50s and 60s
The most often used definition of an "independent film" is “any film made outside the Hollywood studio system,” with considerations made for such things as budget, source of funds, and distribution. That definition has blurred considerably over the decades, though, and, according to Indie Wire, "you could find any number of films that move fluidly between 'studio' and 'indie' when it comes to one or more of those aspects." Nonetheless, "indies" are an important part of cinema and, even without a perfect definition, most people feel like they "know one when they see one." Although independent films existed as far back 1908, "indie films," as we know them today, had their burgeoning era in the 1950s and 60s. Below are some of the most noteworthy; of these, which is your favorite?
(Although the original ten titles of the list were based on lists of the best and most influential independent movies from magazines such as Rolling Stone, Empire, and Complex, as well as from the American Film Institute, suggestions are welcome. Inclusion criteria will be developed if necessary.)