2518 - Easy Riders and Dirty Harry: The Films of the Vietnam Era
While many remember the Vietnam era for its politics, flower children, and the Beatles, American cinema made waves for its mixture of experimental and blockbuster movies. This course will examine the rise of Vietnam era films, marked by the decline of the studio system (with disastrous big budget musical films such as Doctor Doolittle) and the rise of independent filmmakers such as John Cassavetes and Martin Scorsese who captured a gritty, realistic America that viewers were craving. This will be a lecture/discussion class, with students expected to view the films on their own and coming to class ready to discuss. This course will survey American films from 1962 to 1980. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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