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American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variations / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Rutgers University Press
A smug glance at the seventies—he 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 .
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Series:||Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x (h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Timeline: The 1970s xi
Introduction: Movies and the 1970s Lester D. Friedman 1
1970 Movies and the Movement Mimi White 24
1971 Movies and the Exploitation of Excess Mia Mask 48
1972 Movies and Confession Michael DeAngelis 71
1973 Movies and the Legacies of War and Corruption Frances Gateward 95
1974 Movies and Political Trauma David Cook 116
1975 Movies and Conflicting Ideologies Glenn Man 135
1976 Movies and Cultural Contradictions Frank P. Tomasulo 157
1977 Movies and a Nation in Transformation Paula J. Massood 182
1978 Movies and Changing Times Charles J. Maland 205
1979 Movies and the End of an Era Peter Lev 228
Select Academy Awards, 1970-1979 251
Works Cited and Consulted 257