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Disillusionment in Sun-drenched 1970s American New Wave Cinema

by Laurs Kemp
Disillusionment in Sun-drenched 1970s American New Wave Cinema by Laurs Kemp
My intention was to create a list of quintessential 1970s American New Wave films. The gritty kind, the ones that strip away all the Hollywood gloss and delve into the zeitgeist of disillusionment. Honestly, it all started because my boyfriend looks a little bit like Robert Redford (I know, I’m a lucky girl) and introduced foreign-film-obsessed me to the wonders of sun-drenched 1970s American Cinema. I was of course inspired by the documentaries “A Decade Under the Influence” and “Easy Riders to Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood” as well. I cast a rather wide net here, while still trying to… Read more

My intention was to create a list of quintessential 1970s American New Wave films. The gritty kind, the ones that strip away all the Hollywood gloss and delve into the zeitgeist of disillusionment. Honestly, it all started because my boyfriend looks a little bit like Robert Redford (I know, I’m a lucky girl) and introduced foreign-film-obsessed me to the wonders of sun-drenched 1970s American Cinema. I was of course inspired by the documentaries “A Decade Under the Influence” and “Easy Riders to Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n Roll Generation Saved Hollywood” as well. I cast a rather wide net here, while still trying to stay specific. I included a few late 1960s films that were precursors for the movement to come, as well as a few early 1980s films that still captured that anti-hero vibe. I haven’t seen all of these yet, so I tried my best to guess which would probably fall into my hopelessly unclear criteria. (Basically, if Warren Oates is in it, it’s probably what I’m looking for.) Yes, I’m sure some I’ve picked aren’t very good or don’t fit the bill. Yes, I’m sure I’ve left some appropriate and worthy films out. Feel free to give me suggestions. This one goes out to James.

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