American Cinema in the Seventies- Julian Agius

July 11th, 2004

Forget the thirties/forties Hollywood Golden Age rhetoric. Disregard that thought and chuck it out of your head. The golden age of American Cinema (and probably not only American) occurred during the seventies, which technically started with some films released in the late sixties. Of course the ‘Golden’ is relentlessly metaphorical, as in most cases, American cinema was full of dark greys, resolute blues and gritty blacks, rather than the positive golden. This is somewhat strange, when considering that more Americans went to the cinemas in the previous three decades than during the seventies. But then again, when they went, they went in herds and crowds, as evidenced by the dawn of the blockbuster. But more of that later on.

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