CC 300 I - Revolution in Film: The 1960s and 1970s
3 Credits
TR 11:50am - 1:05 pm - Professor Lutze
Cross-listed with COMM 490 IX
Required Monday evening film showings at CC Cinema from 7:00-9:30 pm. 

The 1960s and 1970s constituted a period of great social upheaval and change in the U.S. and globally. Nowhere was this more evident than in the films of this period, which embodied the conflicts, innovations and exuberance of the era in both their revolutionary themes and their radical aesthetics. Films dealt more explicitly with subjects that had been largely taboo for Hollywood: sex, drugs, racial segregation, radical politics and, of course, rock and roll. A whole new aesthetic developed: borrowing from the French New Wave, the documentary tradition and underground filmmakers; breaking formal conventions; demanding more viewer interaction; and creating a new film culture in the United States.

The primary texts for this course are the films themselves, which will be screened on Monday evenings. The experience of seeing these films collectively is a key part of understanding the reception and impact of these films on their original audiences. From the dozens of brilliant, provocative and important films of this era, 13 feature films have been selected to be screened in their entirety. The chosen movies reflect the diversity of production in these years and in their themes and style present opportunities to explore a range of aesthetic issues that have been important throughout the history of cinema.

This course is designed to provide students with analytical tools for understanding film as both an art form and as a social/economic product. Concepts from this class will be applicable to other media products including television programs and advertising. In particular we will look at shifts from the classical Hollywood production system and its distinctive and tightly controlled products to a more open and experimental cinema influenced by avant-garde and independent filmmakers from around the world.

Readings for the course will be available on Blackboard and will include a wide range of cultural theory and criticism written before, during and after this era of cultural transformation.

Films may include the following:
  • Singin’ in the Rain (Donen/Kelly, 1952, 103 min.)
  • Breathless (Godard, 1959, 90 min.)
  • The Graduate (Nichols, 1967, 106 min.)
  • Easy Rider (Hopper, 1968, 94 min.)
  • Midnight Cowboy (Schlesinger, 1969, 113 min.)
  • Mash (Altman, 1970, 113 min.)
  • McCabe and Mrs. Miller (Altman, 1971, 121 min.)
  • Straw Dogs (Peckinpah, 1971, 103 min.)
  • A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes, 1974, 147 min.) 
  • Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (Scorsese, 1974, 113 min.) 
  • The Conversation (Coppola, 1974, 113 min.)
  • Chinatown (Polanski, 1974, 131 min.)
  • Annie Hall (Allen, 1977, 94 min.)