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When the Movies MatteredThe New Hollywood Revisited$
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Jonathan Kirshner and Jon Lewis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736094

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736094.001.0001

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The New Hollywood Revisited

(p.1) Introduction
When the Movies Mattered

Jonathan Kirshner

Jon Lewis

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter situates the New Hollywood in the context of its times and provides an overview of the contributions to the volume. Although the term “New Hollywood” has been variously (and often vaguely) invoked – and of course, every generation can stake a claim to something suggestive of a New Hollywood – we situate the focus here on that subculture of personal, introspective, European-influenced and often auteur-driven films that thrived in the fleeting and tumultuous decade bookended by the collapse of Hollywood’s old self-censorship production code in 1966 and the birth of the blockbuster in 1977.

Keywords:   New Hollywood, Auteur Cinema, Seventies Film

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