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American Cinema of the 1970s : Themes and Variations.

Author/Creator:
Friedman, Lester D.
Publication:
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (301 pages)
Series:
Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema
Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema
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Subjects:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Motion pictures -- United States -- Plots, themes, etc.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
A smug glance at the seventies-the so-called "Me Decade"-unveils a kaleidoscope of big hair, blaring music, and broken politics-all easy targets for satire, cynicism, and ultimately even nostalgia. American Cinema of the 1970s, however, looks beyond the strobe lights to reveal how profoundly the seventies have influenced American life and how the films of that decade represent a peak moment in cinema history. Far from a placid era, the seventies was a decade of social upheavals. Events such as the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State universities, the Watergate investigations, the legalization of abortion, and the end of the American involvement in Vietnam are only a few among the many landmark occurrences that challenged the foundations of American culture. The director-driven movies of this era reflect this turmoil, experimenting with narrative structures, offering a gallery of scruffy antiheroes, and revising traditional genre conventions. Bringing together ten original essays, American Cinema of the 1970s examines the range of films that marked the decade, including Jaws, Rocky, Love Story, Shaft, Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Deliverance, The Exorcist, Shampoo, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Apocalypse Now.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Acknowledgments
Timeline: The 1970s
1970: Movies and the Movement
1971: Movies and the Exploitation of Excess
1972: Movies and Confession
1973: Movies and Legacies of War and Corruption
1974: Movies and Political Trauma
1975: Movies and Conflicting Ideologies
1976: Movies and Cultural Contradictions
1977: Movies and a Nation in Transformation
1978: Movies and Changing Times
1979: Movies and the End of an Era
Select Academy Awards, 1970-1979
Works Cited and Consulted
Contributors
Index.
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Contributor:
Crawford, Margo Natalie.
Other format:
Print version: Friedman, Lester D. American Cinema of the 1970s
ISBN:
9780813541372
9780813540221
OCLC:
476126487