While the anti-establishment rebels of 1969'sEasy Riderwere morphing into the nostalgic yuppies of 1983'sThe Big Chill,Seventies movies brought us everything from killer sharks, blaxploitation, and disco musicals to a loving look at General George S. Patton. Indeed, as Peter Lev persuasively argues in this book, the films of the 1970s constitute a kind of conversation about what American society is and should be-open, diverse, and egalitarian, or stubbornly resistant to change.
Examining forty films thematically, Lev explores the conflicting visions presented in films with the following kinds of subject matter:
Hippies(Easy Rider, Alice's Restaurant)Cops(The French Connection, Dirty Harry)Disasters and conspiracies(Jaws, Chinatown)End of the Sixties(Nashville, The Big Chill)Art, Sex, and Hollywood(Last Tango in Paris)Teens(American Graffiti, Animal House)War(Patton, Apocalypse Now)African-Americans(Shaft, Superfly)Feminisms(An Unmarried Woman, The China Syndrome)Future visions(Star Wars, Blade Runner)
As accessible to ordinary moviegoers as to film scholars, Lev's book is an essential companion to these familiar, well-loved movies.
Subjects: Film Studies
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