Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9789053564936 Published May 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9789053566312 Published May 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

The Last Great American Picture Show

New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s

Edited by Thomas Elsaesser, Noel King, and Alexander Horwath

The Last Great American Picture Show
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Edited by Thomas Elsaesser, Noel King, and Alexander Horwath

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391 pages | 23 halftones | 6-1/3 x 9-1/2 | © 2004
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9789053564936 Published May 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9789053566312 Published May 2004 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The French Connection, The Last Picture Show, M.A.S.H., Harold and Maude—these are only a few of the iconic films made in the United States during the 1970s. Originally considered a "lost generation," the 1970s are increasingly recognized as a crucial turning point in American filmmaking, and many films from the era have resurfaced from oblivion to become a reference for new directorial talents. The Last Great American Picture Show explores this pivotal era in American film history with a collection of essays by scholars and writers that firmly situates the decade as the time of the emergence of "New Hollywood."

Sam Peckinpah, Arthur Penn, Peter Bogdanovich, Monte Hellman, Bob Rafelson, Hal Ashy, Robert Altman, and James Tobac: these legendary directors developed innovative techniques, gritty aesthetics, and a modern sensibility in American film. Here, contributors compellingly argue that the cinema of today's major directors—Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, Robert Zemeckis—could not have come into existence without the groundbreaking works produced by the directors of the 1970s. A wholly engaging and long-overdue investigation of this important era in American film, The Last Great American Picture Show reveals how the films of the 1970s transformed the American social consciousness and influenced filmmaking worldwide.
Geoff Pevere | Cinema Scope
"The Last Great American Picture Show offers a truly dizzying range of options simply for mapping the decade that has come--for better or worse, truth or legend--to acquire a hot retrospective golden glow. . . . The Last Great American Picture Show . . . restores to the decade the sense of fecund chaos that a more linear, journalistic account of the decade risks losing for the sake of imposing some retrospective linearity on what was ultimately remarkable for its incoherence: a few historical moments when Hollywood lost the script, forgot the plot, and stood there wondering just how it got there in the first place."
Contents
Part One: Introduction
 
The Impure Cinema: New Hollywood 1967-1976
     Alexander Horwath
 
"The Last Good Time We Ever Had": Remembering the New Hollywood Cinema
     Noel King
 
American Auteur Cinema: The Last - or First - Great Picture Show
     Thomas Elsaesser
 
Part Two: Histories
 
The Decade When Movies Mattered
     David Thomson
 
A Walking Contradiction (Partly Truth and Partly Fiction)
     Alexander Horwath
 
The Exploitation Generation, or: How Marginal Movies Came in from the Cold
     Maitland McDonagh
 
New Hollywood and the Sixties Melting Pot
     Jonathan Rosenbaum
 
Part Three: People and Places
 
Dinosaurs in the Age of the Cinemobile
     Richard T. Jameson
 
"The Cylinders Were Whispering My Name": The Films of Monte Hellman
     Kent Jones
 
NASHVILLE contra JAWS, or "The Imagination of Disaster" Revisted
     J. Hoberman
 
For WANDA
     Bérénice Reynaud
 
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere: The Uneasy Ride of Hollywood and Rock
     Howard Hampton
 
Auteurism and War-teurism: Terrence Malick's War Movie
     Dana Polan
 
Part Four: Critical Debates
 
The Pathos of Failure: American Films in the 1970s: Notes on the Unmoticated Hero
     Thomas Elsaesser
 
Trapped in the Affection Image: Hollywood's Post-traumatic Cycle (1970-1976)
     Christian Keathley
 
Grim Fascination: FINGERS, James Toback and the 1970s American Cinema
     Adrain Martin
 
Allegories of Post-Fordism in 1970s New Hollywood: Countercultural Combat
     Films and Conspiracy Thrillers as Genre Recycling
     Drehli Robnik
 
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Pictures (with credits)
Index of Film Titles
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