By Peter Lev
From Library Journal
Lev (mass communique, Towson Univ.) examines how American cinema within the Seventies portrayed society's growth towards variety and egalitarianism. concentrating on 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, virtually literary explication and interpretation works specially good with extra cerebral movies, equivalent to Apocalypse Now, yet is much less winning with motion motion pictures and "Blaxploitation to African American" motion pictures. there are lots of solid insights, together with the commentary that a lot of the philosophy and ideology of the Sixties counterculture used to be probably not portrayed in motion pictures till the very finish of the last decade (in motion pictures like effortless Rider) after which relatively flourished within the motion pictures of the Seventies. Lev additionally explores the effect of the expanding value of selling and the altering venues for motion pictures (cable, video clips, pay-per-view). Marc Sigoloff's the flicks of the Seventies (LJ 7/84), a close filmography of the interval, is an effective 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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