Last Great American Picture Show New Hollywood Cinema in The 1970s

ISBN-10: 9053566317

ISBN-13: 9789053566312

Edition: 2003

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The French Connection, The Last Picture Show, M.A.S.H., Harold and Maude—these are only a few of the iconic films made in the United States during the 1970s. Originally considered a "lost generation," the 1970s are increasingly recognized as a crucial turning point in American filmmaking, and many films from the era have resurfaced from oblivion to become a reference for new directorial talents. The Last Great American Picture Show explores this pivotal era in American film history with a collection of essays by scholars and writers that firmly situates the decade as the time of the emergence of "New Hollywood." Sam Peckinpah, Arthur Penn, Peter Bogdanovich, Monte Hellman, Bob Rafelson, Hal Ashy, Robert Altman, and James Tobac: these legendary directors developed innovative techniques, gritty aesthetics, and a modern sensibility in American film. Here, contributors compellingly argue that the cinema of today's major directors—Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Robert Zemeckis—could not have come into existence without the groundbreaking works produced by the directors of the 1970s. A wholly engaging and long-overdue investigation of this important era in American film, The Last Great American Picture Show reveals how the films of the 1970s transformed the American social consciousness and influenced filmmaking worldwide.
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List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 391
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Thomas Elsaesser is Professor Emeritus of Film and Television Studies at the University of Amsterdam and since 2006 Visiting Professor at Yale University. Among his recent books as author are: Weimar Cinema and After (Routledge 2000); Metropolis (BFI 2000); Studying Contemporary American Film (Hodder, 2002, with Warren Buckland); European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood (Amsterdam University Press, 2005); Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses (Routledge 2010, with Malte Hagener). 

Introduction
The Impure Cinema: New Hollywood 1967-1976
"The Last Good Time We Ever Had": Remembering the New Hollywood Cinema
American Auteur Cinema: The Last - or First - Great Picture Show
Histories
The Decade When Movies Mattered
A Walking Contradiction (Partly Truth and Partly Fiction)
The Exploitation Generation, or: How Marginal Movies Came in from the Cold
New Hollywood and the Sixties Melting Pot
People and Places Dinosaurs in the Age of the Cinemobile
"The Cylinders Were Whispering My Name": The Films of Monte Hellman
Nashville contra Jaws, or "The Imagination of Disaster" Revisted
For Wanda
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: The Uneasy Ride of Hollywood and Rock
Auteurism and War-teurism: Terrence Malick's War Movie
Critical Debates
The Pathos of Failure: American Films in the 1970s: Notes on the Unmoticated Hero
Trapped in the Affection Image: Hollywood's Post-traumatic Cycle (1970-1976)
Grim Fascination: Fingers, James Toback and the 1970s American Cinema
Allegories of Post-Fordism in 1970s New Hollywood: Countercultural Combat Films and Conspiracy Thrillers as Genre Recycling
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Pictures (with credits)
Index of Film Titles
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