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Searching for New Frontiers


Searching for New Frontiers

Hollywood Films in the 1960s
1. Aufl.

von: Rick Worland

26,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 14.02.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9781119464860
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 304

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Searching For New Frontiers offers film students and general readers a survey of popular movies of the 1960s. The author explores the most important modes of filmmaking in times that were at once hopeful, exhilarating, and daunting. The text combines discussion of American social and political history and Hollywood industry changes with analysis of some of the era’s most expressive movies.  The book covers significant genres and evolving thematic trends, highlighting a variety of movies that confronted the era’s major social issues. It notes the stylistic confluence and exchanges between three forms: the traditional studio movie based on the combination of stars and genres, low-budget exploitation movies, and the international art cinema. As the author reveals, this complex period of American filmmaking was neither random nor the product of unique talents working in a vacuum. The filmmakers met head-on with an evolving American social conscience to create a Hollywood cinema of an era defined by events such as the Vietnam War, the rise of the civil rights movement, and the moon landing.
Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Changing Times 1 Part I Postwar Hollywood and a Changing America 13 1 Hollywood, Hitchcock, and the Postwar Era 15 “The Vital Center” … Cannot Hold 17 Postwar Film Production and Exhibition 21 New Looks at Mothers, Genres, and Style 26 2 Domestic Relations, 1953–1967: Bachelor Pads, Nervous Dads, and Marriages on the Rocks 39 Bachelor Pads 41 Nervous Dads (and Moms) 58 Marriages on the Rocks 66 Welcoming The Graduate 71 3 Negotiating the Civil Rights Movement: Message Movies, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Rise of Sidney Poitier 83 It’s a Sin 85 An American Story 94 Poitier, ’67 99 Part II The New Hollywood, Vietnam, and the Schism 111 4 Art Cinema and Counter?]Culture: Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day’s Night, Blow Up, Bonnie and Clyde, and Weekend 113 General Ripper Exceeds His Authority 118Meet the Beatles (and the New European Cinema) 125 Quiet Enigma in Swinging London 129 “We Rob Banks” 137 Coda: “Battleship Potemkin Calling the Searchers” 146 5 Nowhere to Run: One-Eyed Jacks, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance, A Fistful of Dollars, and The Wild Bunch 153 The Frontier Myth and the Classical Western 155 California– or Maybe Oregon 158 “Who Was Tom Doniphon?” 162 No Name, Sudden Impact 169 “Those Days Are Closing Fast” 175 Destroying and Saving the Village 181 6 The War: From The Longest Day to The Green Berets 191 “The Good War” Refought and Rethought 192 Unconventional Warfare 201 Art of War 208 The Only War We’ve Got 211 7 Far Out: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Easy Rider 225 Beyond the Infinite 226 Marketing and Reception 237 From Hell’s Angels to Easy Riders 239They Blew It, But … 248 Afterword 259 Bibliography 265 Index 275
Rick Worland is Professor of Film & Media Arts at Southern Methodist University where he teaches film history, documentary, and popular genres including Westerns and horror films.
Searching for New Frontiers offers film students and general readers a survey of popular movies of the 1960s. The author explores the most important modes of filmmaking in times that were at once hopeful, exhilarating, and daunting. The text combines discussion of American social and political history and Hollywood industry changes with analysis of some of the era's most expressive movies. The book covers significant genres and evolving thematic trends, highlighting a variety of movies that confronted the era's major social issues. It notes the stylistic confluence and exchanges between three forms: the traditional studio movie based on the combination of stars and genres, low-budget exploitation movies, and the international art cinema. As the author reveals, this complex period of American filmmaking was neither random nor the product of unique talents working in a vacuum. The filmmakers met head-on with an evolving American social conscience to create a Hollywood cinema of an era defined by events such as the Vietnam War, the rise of the civil rights movement, and the moon landing.

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