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School of History

HST6774 American Film History: Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan

Credits: 30

On this Special Subject, we will analyze the representation of ethnicity, gender, politics, race, and sexuality in American films made in the era of 'new Hollywood cinema'. In historical terms, this is a period that begins with the protests against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and ends with the election of President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s. In cinematic terms, this is a period characterized by a new generation of creative filmmakers, the decline of censorship, and the rise of politically charged films. We will explore the era and its landmark films, considering the scope of progressive perspectives in Hollywood films and, ultimately, the conservative backlash that brought the era to an end. This module MUST be taken in conjunction with HST6700 History Research Dissertation.

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