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American Films of the 70s: Conflicting Visions Paperback – June 15, 2000
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Lev (mass communication, Towson Univ.) examines how American cinema in the Seventies portrayed society's progress toward diversity and egalitarianism. Focusing on themes and genres rather than the auteur approach, Lev groups the 39 films discussed in chapters that include "Hippie Generation" (Five Easy Pieces, Alice's Restaurant), and "Whose Future?" (Star Wars, Alien). His academic, almost literary explication and interpretation works especially well with more cerebral films, such as Apocalypse Now, but is less successful with action films and "Blaxploitation to African American" films. There are many good insights, including the observation that much of the philosophy and beliefs of the Sixties counterculture was not really portrayed in films until the very end of the decade (in films like Easy Rider) and then really flourished in the films of the Seventies. Lev also explores the impact of the increasing importance of marketing and the changing venues for films (cable, videos, pay-per-view). Marc Sigoloff's The Films of the Seventies (LJ 7/84), a detailed filmography of the period, is a good complementary reference source for Lev's essays. Recommended for academic and film libraries.DRichard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
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"The 1970s have been largely neglected in film scholarship. Lev's book is just what the field needs. . . . [Indeed], the entire field of cinema studies needs to see more publications of the quality of this oneconscientious, thorough, well-balanced, and insightful. . . . It's the kind of book that will become increasingly important in the next century." (Paul Monaco, author of Society, Culture, and Television)