- A broad overview and analysis of one of American film's most important and innovative periods
- Offers a new, more expansive take on the accepted canon of the era
- Includes films expressing ideologies contrary to the misremembered leftist slant
- Explores and fully contextualizes the dominant genres of the 60s and 70s
List of Illustrations.
Part I: Cultural Overview: The Years of Revolution and Reaction, 1963–76:
1. Major Historical Events.
Civil Rights Legislation and Protests.
The Vietnam War.
Law and Order.
2. Economic Situation.
Expanse and Contraction.
3. Societal Issues.
The New Left, the Counterculture, Neo-Conservatism, and the Silent Majority.
Ecology, Good Health, and Fitness.
A Sense of Confusion, Impotence, and Cynicism, and a Wave of Nostalgia.
Part II: Business:
Showmen, Caretakers, and Conglomerates.
The Practices of the Seven Major Studios: Lesser Movies, Higher Costs, Independent/Runaway Production, Sources, Stars, Sequels/Series, Mainstreaming Exploitation, “The Big Kill,” “The Youth Movie,” “A Film By,” Diversification.
Competition: Minor and New Studios.
The Financial Bloodbath.
Additional Practices: Downsizing, Negative Pickup, Co-Production/Distribution, Tax Breaks/Shelters.
Still Other Gambits: The Nostalgic Wave and The “Special Event” Movie.
5. Exhibition and the New Audience.
The New Audience.
Part III: Technology:
6. Color, Screen Shapes, Sound, Special Effects, and Production Refinements.
Part IV: Style:.
7. Documentary and Documentary Realism.
8. TV and TV Theatrical.
9. Modernism, TV Programming/Commercials, the Avant-Garde, and Expressive Stylization.
Part V: Censorship:.
10. Issues, Solutions, and Problems.
Dilemma: The Pawnbroker (AA, 1965).
Turning Point: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (WB, 1966).
The 1966 Production Code Guidelines and the “SMA” Category.
Enlightenment of the Legion of Decency.
Divorce: Hollywood and the Church.
City/State Censorship and the Liberalization of the Supreme Court.
City/State Censorship vs. Hollywood.
Part VI: Genre:.
13. Historical Spectacle.
15. Horror and Science Fiction.
Road Film and Biker Film.
Musical Comedy and Musical Drama.
18. Social Problem Film and Courtroom Drama.
Social Problem Film.
19. Suspense Thriller.
Spy Thriller: WWII/Cold War.
Coda: Postmodern Hollywood, 1977.
Appendix: Hierarchical Order of Ten Box-Office Stars, 1963–76.