1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent

A celebration of New Hollywood films, 1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent brings Two-Lane Blacktop, Klute, McCabe & Mrs Miller, The Last Picture Show and Five Easy Pieces back to the cinema screen in a touring programme curated by Cinema Rediscovered.

In the mid-1960s, Hollywood cinema underwent some significant changes. With the downfall of the classical studio system and the rising popularity of European art cinema, American cinema audiences had changed; big-budget epics were no longer commercially successful, and a generation of younger, college-educated filmgoers wanted artistic meaning and deeper political relevance in their movies. The disaffected youth of America’s counter-culture were soon to be represented by the cinema of New Hollywood.

In an era defined by strikingly original cinema made by a young generation of filmmakers, 1971 would see the release of some of the most important Hollywood films of all time. Across a short-lived era of remarkable independent cinema, these five films represent an exploration of the existential state of the American psyche during this period of political and social upheaval. With revisionist takes on beloved American genres, from the road movie, the coming-of-age film and the Western, this season of films honours a year of ground-breaking American independent cinema.

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