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The New Wave (1960s-1980s): Rebels and Conglomerates in Hollywood’s Last Golden Age

Stuart Voytilla, MFA

A “new wave” can be described as a cinematic movement when trailblazing young filmmakers and critics explore, challenge, and subvert the established artistic conventions and economic structures, as they seek cinematic expression representing a younger audience. This two-part lecture series explores Hollywood’s New Wave, from the 1960s to the 1980s. Join us for an appreciation of the maverick filmmakers, their challenging, often revolutionary, films, and the cultural and economic dynamics of this exciting and transformative time in Hollywood history.

May 4: The Hollywood New Wave: The Rebels

This lecture will examine how the influence of European filmmakers and the structural upheaval at the end of the Hollywood Studio Era set the stage for rebellion. Young filmmakers, writers, and actors experimented and shocked with film form to speak to a young, untapped, sophisticated audience. We will examine the work of such filmmakers as Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate), Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider), Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), Robert Altman (M*A*S*H), and Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show).

May 18: The Hollywood New Wave: Hollywood Transformed

This second lecture will examine the transformation of Hollywood from the Studio Era to media conglomeration. We will explore the impact of the “movie brats,” filmmakers trained in film schools, and their agents, who led moviemaking and movie producing with a vision that helped transform the industry in the blockbuster era of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. Filmmakers include Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), George Lucas (American Graffiti, Star Wars), Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), and Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind).

Instructor: Stuart Voytilla teaches screenwriting and media studies at San Diego State University’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film. A screenwriter and producer, Voytilla is author of Myth and the Movies: Discovering the Mythic Structure of 50 Unforgettable Films, and co-author of Writing the Comedy Film .

Coordinator: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70025   Credit: 0 units


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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
05/04/2017 - 05/18/2017 In-class 123315 $0.00  

Day and Time: Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla