1962 May 19

Opening of the first specialized wide-screen cinema for children – Pionieris

1962 October

Founding of the Latvian Filmmakers Union. 

  • Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch (dir. Billy Wilder, 1955) 

Cinema icons: Hollywood sex symbol, actress Marilyn Monroe, dies at age 36 under suspicious circumstances and British make Dr. No, the first film about agent James Bond, beginning the Bond films series.  

1962 October

Andrei Tarkovsky’s international triumph: the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for Ivan’s Childhood (Иваново детство). 


The Czech New Wave: Miloš Forman, Věra Chytilová, and other young directors make innovative films.  

1966 February 3

First Latvian puppet animation film The Cock’s Crow (“Ki-ke-ri-gū!”), directed by Arnolds Burovs. 

1967 April 3 – 26
  • Eduards Pāvuls in the film Stone and Flinders (Richard, I Remember Everything!)  

The film Richard, I Remember Everything! (Stone and Flinders) (“Es visu atceros, Ričard!” (“Akmens un šķembas”), director Rolands Kalniņš), is shelved after short release.  

1967 August 13
  • Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde 

Romantic gangsters – Bonnie and Clyde in Arthur Penn’s gangster drama becomes the “manifesto” of “New Hollywood”. This generation of directors brings new stylistics and themes into American film, as well as auteur cinema influences. 

1968 April 2

Intellect and fantasy: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

1970 July 25

Opening of the first musical costume drama in the Riga Film Studio history, Devil’s Servants (“Vella kalpi”), directed by Aleksandrs Leimanis. 

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