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Since Mad Men has ended, the AMC TV show has been the height of today’s pop culture, as well as the 60s. Here are 9 movie references in Mad Men.
1. The Apartment (Season 1, Episode 10: “Long Weekend”). Joan compares her relationship with Roger Sterling to Billy Widler’s classic film, The Apartment.
2. Planet of the Apes (Season 6, Episode 5: “The Flood”). Don Draper takes his son Bobby to watch the movie. When the film ends, Bobby’s reaction to the twist is expressed in one word, “Jesus.” Don asks if he wants to watch it again and the two just sit in their seats waiting for the next showing to start.
3. Rosemary’s Baby (Season 6, Episode 12: “The Quality of Mercy”). Peggy, Ted, and Joan recreate a scene from Rosemary’s Baby to get ready for a pitch to a hospital. Later in the episode, Sally is reading the book, in which the movie is based.
4. Model Shop (Season 7, Episode 3: “Field Trip”). Don watches Model Shop, Jacques Demy’s follow-up to The Umbrellas in Cherbourg and the French directors only American film. The film follows an artist caught in his corporate lifestyle looking for a new direction in life. Sounds like Mad Men to me.
5. Gamera (Season 4, Episode 3: “The Good News”). Lane and Don go through a newspaper to figure out what movie to watch. They settle on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, just based on its title, but end up watching Gamera instead.
6. Lost Horizon (Season 7, Episode 1: “Time Zones”). Don is watching the movie as his wife Megan falls asleep on his chest. He later remembers his life as Dick Whitman during the Korean War.
7. Bye Bye Birdie (Season 3, Episode 2: “Love Among the Ruins”). Sterling Cooper turns to the movie Bye Bye Birdie when casting a new advertisement. They’re looking for a fresh face that reminds them of Ann-Margret.
8. La Notte (Season 2, Episode 5: “The New Girl”). Don and one of his mistresses watch La Notta, a movie about a writer with a faulty marriage and going through an existential crisis. Again, sounds like Mad Men to me.
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Season 7, Episode 5: “The Runaways”). The episode introduces the ad agency into the modern age with a new computer from IBM, which looks like a white version of the The Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. There’s also a scene in the episode where Ginsberg attempts to read the lips of his superiors in the other room, which resembles a very similar scene in Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic.