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Radical Visions: American Film Renaissance, 1967-1976 (Hardback)
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Radical Visions: American Film Renaissance, 1967-1976 (Hardback)

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Hardback 232 Pages / Published: 30/10/1994
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Radical Visions discusses an important period in American film history: Films such as Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Midnight Cowboy, Nashville, and Taxi Driver challenged the narrative structure and style of the classical Hollywood paradigm, transformed its conventional genres, exploded traditional American myths, and foregrounded a consciousness of the cinematic process. Film students, scholars, and aficionados will gain insight into generic conventions and narrative style presented within the cultural attitudes of the time. The book features a chronological movement through the period, not by auteur but by film, from Bonnie and Clyde to Taxi Driver. It includes in-depth analyses of 16 films, but discusses other films when relevant. It traces the thematic development of the films as the period progresses from an optimistic radicalism at the beginning, to doubt and shattered dreams, to paranoia and pessimism at the end. It summarizes contemporary reviews and reactions to the films as they came out and gauges the films' interactions with audiences and the society of the time. It also discusses European filmmakers' influences on the films of the period. The book supports and solidifies the view of a Hollywood renaissance during this period, and it more sharply defines and delineates the parameters and characteristics of the period than previous studies.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313293061
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book's pattern emerges in individual movies handled with brightness; groups of movies perceived as history--or sociology. Man is always thoughtful and convincing. General and undergraduate collections."-Choice
"This book belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in America and movies."-Journal of Popular Culture
?This book belongs on the shelf of everyone interested in America and movies.?-Journal of Popular Culture
?The book's pattern emerges in individual movies handled with brightness; groups of movies perceived as history--or sociology. Man is always thoughtful and convincing. General and undergraduate collections.?-Choice

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