By Elisabeth Field
Published: December 27 2008 01:39 | Last updated: December 27 2008 01:39
In the 1990s Bob Dylan proclaimed we were “still living off the table scraps of the sixties”. Those scraps are still providing rich pickings, as this year’s abundance of 1968-themed exhibitions and TV programmes attest. The 1960s – and 1968 in particular – are fêted as the birthplace of today’s fluid, permissive, multicultural society. But the blueprint for that era, and our own, was already being drawn 10 years earlier. In plays, books and the films adapted from those books, 1958 was the year of wonders on both sides of the Atlantic. Taboos were challenged and preconceptions smashed, while art forms evolved in startling new ways. This year’s anniversary production at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party, a product of 1958, is just one reminder.
|The poster for Stanley Kubrick’s film of ‘Lolita’, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel, which was published in New York in 1958|