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Movements in Cinema – Making a New Hollywood: The Transformation of American Cinema in the Late 1960s

May 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Zoom Videoconference

Join us for this live webinar on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00PM EST

Join us for a Movements in Cinema talk as Michael Cramer, Professor of Film History at Sarah Lawrence College, discusses “New Hollywood,” a period defined by a seismic shift in filmmaking. By the second half of the 1960s, film attendance in the United States had declined drastically from its post-war peak, and Hollywood studios were in poor financial shape. This crisis of the film industry, however, opened the way for far more experimental and unconventional films to be made, as the industry began to turn its attention to connecting to a youth audience and producing lower-budget films. Thus began the so-called “New Hollywood,” a period in which innovative, envelope-pushing films, far more radical in content than their Hollywood predecessors, appeared in quick succession.


Professor Cramer’s talk will discuss the impact of several of the films that inaugurated the period (The Graduate, Bonnie and Clyde, Easy Rider), the prestigious films that followed (McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Godfather, Taxi Driver), and the reasons behind its decline in the late 70s and early 80s.

MICHAEL CRAMER holds the position of Professor of Film History at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. His areas of teaching and research expertise include Italian, French, and American cinema of the 1960s and 70s, as well as film and media theory. He is the author of the book Utopian Television: Rossellini, Watkins, and Godard Beyond Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and co-editor of the forthcoming Fredric Jameson and Film Theory (Rutgers University Press, 2021).


May 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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