FT 06-J When The Lunatics Took Over The Asylum: Hollywood Cinema In the 70s
Michael Abbott, Department of Theater
By the mid 1960s the American film industry was in disarray, and most groundbreaking films were being produced in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Deperate for a way to compete in the world market--and having lost millions of ticket buyers to television--the studio chiefs turned the keys to the kingdom over the kids. These mostly twenty-something directors were hungry, relentless, and buzzing with ideas. A new generation of filmmakers emerged, reinvigorating the American cinema and producing an unprecedented number of innovative, provocative, and wildly entertaining films that are now seen as classics. This course will survey the history and impact of this unique era of films and filmmakers, focusing on directors such as Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Martha Coolidge, Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick, John Cassavetes, Melvin Van Peebles, George Lucas, Peter Bogdanovich, and Mike Nichols.