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Lev (mass communique, Towson Univ.) examines how American cinema within the Seventies portrayed society's growth towards range and egalitarianism. targeting issues and genres instead of the auteur technique, Lev teams the 39 motion pictures 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 motion pictures, comparable to Apocalypse Now, yet is much less profitable with motion movies and "Blaxploitation to African American" motion pictures. there are various sturdy insights, together with the commentary that a lot of the philosophy and ideology of the Sixties counterculture used to be probably not portrayed in movies till the very finish of the last decade (in motion pictures like effortless Rider) after which relatively flourished within the movies of the Seventies. Lev additionally explores the effect of the expanding value of promoting and the altering venues for movies (cable, movies, pay-per-view). Marc Sigoloff's the flicks of the Seventies (LJ 7/84), a close filmography of the interval, is an efficient complementary reference resource for Lev's essays. advised for educational and movie libraries.DRichard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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He works in a large office characterized by shiny surfaces and a lack of clutter. Joe is a factory worker. His place of business is hot, noisy, and indifferent to fashion. In other respects, though, the two male characters are strongly linked. The names are almost equivalent: Joe Curran and Bill Compton. The cadence of syllables is identical, and both men are defined by strong, one-syllable masculine nicknames. Curran is clearly Irish, Compton not-so-clearly English in origin, but in melting-pot America these backgrounds are sufficiently close to suggest commonality of interest.

Woody Guthrie is the bard of the union and political struggles of the 1930s and 1940s, and Arlo clearly idolizes his father. In a memorable scene, Pete Seeger (another figure linking Old Left politics and the popular culture of 1969) and Arlo play and sing ‘‘Pastures of Plenty’’ in Woody’s room. ‘‘Pastures of Plenty’’ is a Woody Guthrie song about migrant farmworkers, cut off from the affluence they serve. This duet suggests that the h i p p i e g e n e r at i o n hippies represented by long-haired Arlo have inherited some of the moral and political ideas of the Old Left.

7 8 amer ican films of the 70s Easy Rider c o l u m b i a p i c t u r e s . Billy (Dennis Hopper) and Wyatt (Peter Fonda) on the open road. Courtesy of Jerry Ohlinger Archives. For Farber, the great achievement of Hopper, Fonda, and Southern is that they feel the pulse of young America. 11 I would certainly agree that for many viewers, the tour of an alternative America was the key element of Easy Rider. 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.

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