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American Films of the 70s By Peter Lev

American Films of the 70s
by Peter Lev

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The films of the 1970s constitute a kind of conversation about what American society is and should be - open, diverse, and egalitarian, or stubbornly resistant to change.
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American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions by Peter Lev

While the anti-establishment rebels of 1969's Easy Rider were morphing into the nostalgic yuppies of 1983's The Big Chill, Seventies movies brought us everything from killer sharks, blaxploitation, and disco musicals to a loving look at General George S. Patton. Indeed, as Peter Lev persuasively argues in this book, the films of the 1970s constitute a kind of conversation about what American society is and should be-open, diverse, and egalitarian, or stubbornly resistant to change.

Examining forty films thematically, Lev explores the conflicting visions presented in films with the following kinds of subject matter:

  • Hippies (Easy Rider, Alice's Restaurant)
  • Cops (The French Connection, Dirty Harry)
  • Disasters and conspiracies (Jaws, Chinatown)
  • End of the Sixties (Nashville, The Big Chill)
  • Art, Sex, and Hollywood (Last Tango in Paris)
  • Teens (American Graffiti, Animal House)
  • War (Patton, Apocalypse Now)
  • African-Americans (Shaft, Superfly)
  • Feminisms (An Unmarried Woman, The China Syndrome)
  • Future visions (Star Wars, Blade Runner)

As accessible to ordinary moviegoers as to film scholars, Lev's book is an essential companion to these familiar, well-loved movies.

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American Films of the 70s Reviews

"The 1970s have been largely neglected in film scholarship. Lev's book is just what the field needs... [Indeed], the entire field of cinema studies needs to see more publications of the quality of this one-conscientious, thorough, well-balanced, and insightful... It's the kind of book that will become increasingly important in the next century." Paul Monaco, author of Society, Culture, and Television

About Peter Lev

Peter Lev is Professor of Electronic Media and Film at Towson University.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: "Nobody knows anything"
  • Part 1
    • Chapter 1: Hippie Generation
      • Easy Rider
      • Alice's Restaurant
      • Five Easy Pieces
    • Chapter 2: Vigilantes And Cops
      • Joe
      • The French Connection
      • Dirty Harry
      • Death Wish
    • Chapter 3: Disaster and Conspiracy
      • Airport
      • The Poseidon Adventure
      • Jaws
      • The Parallax View
      • Chinatown
    • Chapter 4: The End Of The Sixties
      • Nashville
      • Shampoo
      • Between the Lines
      • The Return of the Secaucus Seven
      • The Big Chill
  • Part 2
    • Chapter 5: Last Tango in Paris: Or Art, Sex, And Hollywood
    • Chapter 6: Teen Films
      • American Graffiti
      • Cooley High
      • Animal House
      • Diner
      • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    • Chapter 7: General Patton and Colonel Kurtz
      • Patton
      • Apocalypse Now
    • Chapter 8: From Blaxploitation To African American Film
      • Shaft
      • Superfly
      • Claudine
      • Leadbelly
      • Killer of Sheep
    • Chapter 9: Feminisms
      • Hester Street
      • An Unmarried Woman
      • Girlfriends
      • Starting Over
      • Head over Heels/Chilly Scenes of Winter
      • Coming Home
      • The China Syndrome
    • Chapter 10: Whose Future
      • Star Wars
      • Alien
      • Blade Runner
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Time Line, 1968-1983: American History, American Film
  • Appendix 2: Filmography
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions by Peter Lev
Peter Lev
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