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Lev (mass conversation, Towson Univ.) examines how American cinema within the Seventies portrayed society's growth towards range and egalitarianism. targeting topics and genres instead of the auteur method, Lev teams the 39 movies mentioned in chapters that come with "Hippie Generation" (Five effortless items, Alice's Restaurant), and "Whose Future?" (Star Wars, Alien). His educational, nearly literary explication and interpretation works in particular good with extra cerebral movies, comparable to Apocalypse Now, yet is much less winning with motion motion pictures and "Blaxploitation to African American" motion pictures. there are lots of solid insights, together with the statement that a lot of the philosophy and ideology of the Sixties counterculture used to be probably not portrayed in movies until eventually the very finish of the last decade (in motion pictures like effortless Rider) after which quite flourished within the motion pictures of the Seventies. Lev additionally explores the impression of the expanding significance of promoting and the altering venues for movies (cable, video clips, pay-per-view). Marc Sigoloff's the movies of the Seventies (LJ 7/84), an in depth filmography of the interval, is an efficient complementary reference resource for Lev's essays. instructed for tutorial and movie libraries.DRichard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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A key to understanding Easy Rider is the Wyatt /Captain America character. Billy is a fairly obvious character, a loudmouth whose constant stream of chatter masks his insecurity. The quiet, observant Wyatt is more enigmatic. Is Wyatt a deeper, more thoughtful character than Billy, or is he just 9 10 amer ican films of the 70s as superficial, just as unsatisfactory in suggesting a new direction for American youth? Herring suggests that Wyatt can be profound, but Jeff Greenfield finds him cliche´d and irritating.

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The film encompasses the drug culture, bikers, hippies, the commune movement, a revived interest in the American Indian, and an excellent rock and roll soundtrack. In itself, the soundtrack suggests the vitality and diversity of American youth culture in 1969, via such performers as the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Steppenwolf, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, and so on. h i p p i e g e n e r at i o n A third interpretation of the film sees an overall coherence expressed by mise-en-sce`ne and music as well as dialogue and plot.

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