Camera and Action: American Film as Agent of Social Change, 1965-1975

Camera and Action: American Film as Agent of Social Change, 1965-1975

by Elaine M. Bapis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786433418

ISBN-13: 9780786433414

Pub. Date: 05/20/2008

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This study examines the changes in the American film industry, audiences, and feature films between 1965 and 1975. With transformations in production codes, adjustments in national narratives, a rise in independent filmmaking, and a new generation of directors and producers addressing controversial issues on the mainstream screen, film was a major influence on the

Overview

This study examines the changes in the American film industry, audiences, and feature films between 1965 and 1975. With transformations in production codes, adjustments in national narratives, a rise in independent filmmaking, and a new generation of directors and producers addressing controversial issues on the mainstream screen, film was a major influence on the social changes that defined these years. After a contextual history of film during this era, several key films are discussed, including The Graduate, Alice's Restaurant, Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy, M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Little Big Man, and The Godfather series. The author describes how these films represented a generation, constructed and deconstructed American culture, and made important contributions during ten years of great change in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786433414
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vi
Preface     1
Introduction: For the Love of Film     3
Industry and Audiences
As Hollywood Turned: Expansion, Exhibition, Codes, and Directors at Mid-Decade     15
A New Audience for the Now Movie: Film Societies, the College Campus, the American Film Institute and Making Film Art     27
Generation
The Graduate: Representing a Generation     41
Alice's Restaurant: Constructing Hippie Folk and Legitimizing Revolutionary Distinction     61
Back in the Saddle Again: Men, Westerns, Hippies, and Easy Rider     78
Gender
Under the Influence: Representing Masculinity in Midnight Cowboy     99
No Icon Left Unturned: M*A*S*H and the Project of Antiestablishment     114
Out of the Saddle, into the Seventies: Gender in McCabe and Mrs. Miller     128
What's Sex Got to Do with It? Carnal Knowledge and the Delusion of Telling It Like It Is     145
Ethnicity
Forever Native: Penn's New Authentics in Little Big Man     163
The Godfather Films as America     178
Conclusion: Cinematic Anarchists Go Generic     204
Chapter Notes     213
Selected Bibliography     237
Index     253

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