What’s your favorite example of this New American Cinema?

September 11, 2020 | Katelin Levy

Even though the industry was losing hundreds of millions of dollars, American cinema in the late Sixties and early Seventies enjoyed a period of startling innovation and daring. What’s your favorite example of this New American Cinema?

The sheer amount of masterpieces produced in this period is staggering. Robert Altman’s Nashville, Elaine May’s A New Leaf, Alan J. Pakula’s All the President’s Men, John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence, Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop. The list is endless.

Here is what our host Richard Peña thinks, “So many possibilities, but I’ll pick two signposts: Bonnie and Clyde, a film originally offered to both Truffaut and Godard before being brilliantly brought to the screen by Arthur Penn, and Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, perhaps the epitaph of the movement, as well as its masterpiece.”

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