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The Story of Film examines American cinema in the period of 1967-1979 also known as New American Cinema. Films of this time generally fell into three types: satirical films that mocked society and the times, dissident films that challenged the conventional style of cinema, and assimilationist films that rework old studio genres with new techniques. Satirical films include the work of Frank Tashlin, Buck Henry, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, and Milos Forman. Dissident films include the work of Dennis Hopper, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Charles Burnett, and Woody Allen. Assimilationist films include the work of Peter Bogdanovich, Sam Peckinpah, and Terrence Malick. It also looks at the assimilationist classics Cabaret (1972), The Godfather (1972), and Chinatown (1974). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Mark Cousins - Presenter: [about inverted motifs] The great French playwright, Feydeau, said that in order to be funny you need to think sad first.
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American Cinema of the 1970s
10 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We now venture into the 1970s, with the wide lens of Robert Altman and "MASH". (Oddly, although a few Altman films are mentioned, "Nashville" is not one of them.) We are presented "The Graduate", with Benjamin shown as an everyman -- caught between school and Vietnam. The 1970s as a whole were a time of uncertainty.

The decade had dissidents who challenged the style, lead by Dennis Hopper and "The Last Movie". Hopper had already broke away with "Easy Rider". Francis Ford Coppola also rose out of the dissident culture. Coppola was a student of Roger Corman, as was another man: The greatest American director of the 1970s was Martin Scorsese, according to Marc Cousins. (Cousins has repeatedly come back to Scorsese.) We briefly get into Charles Burnett and "black cinema", though this is not dealt with fully and could be an episode all its own. Woody Allen provided very stereotypical Jewish characters, with "Annie Hall" being a descendant of Chaplin's "City Lights".

We even get a peak at Terence Malick, the reclusive director who studied philosophy, and his collaboration with Haskell Wexler.


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