December 14, 2012
2012 was all about capturing the spirit of ’62. Much of my studio production centred around looking back at the cultural landscape of the early sixties. This year marked the half century of many landmark films and books. One of those classics was Ken Kesey’s debut, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Kesey’s masterpiece inspired the Academy Award winning movie starring Jack Nicholson.
I’ve seen the film many times. I watched it again last week and noticed things I hadn’t before. For instance, in one scene Nicholson’s character, McMurphy, pretends to cheer-on a World Series baseball game on the tube. The TV’s off. There’s no ball game. But his spirited enthusiasm peaks the curiosity of patients in the psychiatric institution. One by one, they come out to the lounge to see what the fuss is about. Below is a screen shot from this moment. Notice the periodicals on the magazine rack.
After a little research, it turns out that the Life magazine pictured on the top shelf came out on March 29, 1963.
…and the plot thickens. The National Geographic cover peeking over the bottom shelf is from February 1961.