New Hollywood: 1967 - 1980

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FILM S3300
3 Points
Session II: July 7 - August 15
T, R 6 - 10 PM
Instructor: Stuart Weinstock

It took several years for the revolutions of the 1960s to hit Hollywood studios.  Faced with a declining youth audience and a popular, growing movement of independent filmmaking, Hollywood production offices opened their gates to a new generation of film-school-educated and television-seasoned directors who enjoyed unprecedented freedom to make experimental and personally-expressive films within the studio system.  Altman, Pakula, Friedkin, Coppola, Bogdanovich, Scorsese, Lumet, Ashby, Rafelson, Cimino and others pushed the boundaries of American cinema in form and content, telling enduring stories about marginalized and compromised people that resonated deeply in the troubled 1970s.  Their films are all the more memorable for their appropriation of established genres and irreverence towards American mythology.  These filmmakers and their collaborators invented and popularized aesthetics that have since become stable tropes of film grammar.

This course will screen and analyze feature films and clips from this watershed era, including (but not limited to): Easy Rider, The Conversation, Shampoo, The Parallax View, Network, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Deer Hunter, and Taxi Driver.  Students will be assigned three medium-length papers, in which they will be expected to craft original arguments about related films and filmmakers.

Tuition & Fees
Most summer courses are offered at the standard Continuing Education tuition rate of $1,512 per point ($4,536 for a 3-point course and $9,072 for a six-point intensive). For more detailed information, please see "tuition and fees":

Materials fee: $30

About the Instructor

Stuart Weinstock is a writer, director and teacher. He earned his BA in Film Studies and Psychology from Columbia College, and his MFA in Directing from Columbia's School of the Arts. His short films have screened and won awards at film festivals worldwide. Stuart teaches Topics in American Cinema: the History of American Film Comedy at Columbia, and also teaches Film at Mercy College and New York Film Academy. More > >

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