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Archive: Spring 2007

New Hollywood Cinema
May 22 - 29

Some critics would say that “New Hollywood” began with Bonnie and Clyde because not only did the cinematographic style and editing break with Classical Hollywood traditions but also the critical reception of the film created a great divide between new and old critics. Like Bonnie and Clyde, many of the other films of the New Hollywood era demonstrate a departure from dominant modes of studio-era Hollywood filmmaking, as well as an allegiance to subject matter which addressed the concerns of young audiences. The films in this series, Badlands, Easy Rider, and The Graduate reveal not simply the historic and revolutionary shift in editing and cinematographic style but also the transition towards narratives which spoke to a seething undercurrent of youth rebellion in the 1960s and 1970s.

All films in this series will be preceded by a short student film
as part of the UCI Filmmakers Series

Badlands
Thursday, May 22 • 7pm

Badlands

Terrence Malick’s startlingly accomplished debut feature was inspired by the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders of the late-1950s. Martin Sheen plays Kit, a 25-year-old garbageman who walks with a James Dean swagger. When he first meets the innocent 15-year-old Holly (Sissy Spacek), he falls head over heels in love with her. Her father (Warren Oates), an overprotective widower, will not allow the relationship to blossom, even after Kit informs him of his decent intentions. This refusal sparks Kit into action, triggering a brutal killing spree across the Midwest. Malick’s truly distinctive style, which combines lush photography and dreamy voiceover with bleak subject matter, has made him one of the world’s most revered directors. —Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Terrence Malick
1973, USA • 95 minutes • 16mm


Easy Rider
Friday, May 23 • 7pm

Easy Rider

A landmark in film history, Easy Rider blew the studio doors open for more young directors than any film before or since, helping to create the wide-open climate that would lead to the production of many outstanding films in the 1970s. As its director, Dennis Hopper is usually given the lion’s share of credit for the film’s success, but the revelations of time suggest that the contributions of the late Terry Southern and, to some degree, Jack Nicholson have endowed the film with much of its residual power. Starring Peter Fonda as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Hopper as Billy, it traces the hippie duo’s adventures as they mount their seriously chopped hogs on a journey to find the real America. Laszlo Kovacs’s photography is superb, Nicholson is exceptional in his breakthrough role—and the startling, stunning ending is a shocker. —Rotten Tomatoes

Directed by Dennis Hopper
1969, USA • 95 minutes • 35mm


The Graduate
Thursday, May 29 • 7pm

The Graduate

The Graduate is one of the key, ground-breaking films of the late 1960s, and helped to set in motion of new era of film-making. The influential film is a biting satire/comedy about a recent nebbish, East Coast college graduate who finds himself alienated and adrift in the shifting, social and sexual mores of the 1960s, and questioning the values of society (with its keyword “plastics”). The themes of the film also mirrored the changes occurring in Hollywood, as a new vanguard of younger directors were coming to the forefront. Avant-garde director Mike Nichols, following his debut success of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) with this second film, instantly became a major new talent in American film after winning an Academy Award for his directorship. —www.filmsite.org

Directed by Mike Nichols
1967, USA • 105 minutes • 35mm

 

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