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Week 18 Politcs and Hollywood Cinema in the 1960s.docx

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FILM 1701
Michael Zryd

Week 18: Politics and Hollywood Cinema in the 1960s USA – 1960s Social changes Baby boom of late 1940s led to large youth generation in late 1960s Rebellion vs values of 1950s conformity, corporate loyalty, nuclear family, automation Rebellion took 2 forms a) search for alternatives to 1950s values b) cynical, nihilistic dismissal of values in favour of irony and disengagement GI Bill and baby boom, who also attended college in large numbers, had yielded a highly educated generation who were receptive to sophisticated and critical new cinema Questioning of sexual, social, and political rules Questioning of class divisions, and of why people were left out of “the affluent society” that emerged from the apparent success of 1950s corporate culture: the underprivileged, blacks in South and inner cities (created by “white flight” to suburbs in 1950s), rural poor Questioning of trusted authority figures: police, military, government Crises of 1960s in USA: America at war with itself -Civil right protest from late 1950s through late 1960s; conflicts with Southern states police -JFK Assassination, 1963 -Vietnam war (fed by military draft targeting young men) -local police brutality, e.g., Chicago police vs protesters at 1968 Democratic National Convention -National Guard, who killed student protesters at Kent State, Ohio, in 1972 Importance of Mass Media in society -power of media
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