Welcome to our blog! This is Dr. Teddy Champion, professor in BSC’s Media and Film Studies program. I first became a fan of the New Hollywood era as a young associate producer for the 2003 documentary, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex Drugs and Rock-n-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. That project was led by my mentor, Kenneth Bowser, who I realized was a walking encyclopedia of Hollywood history. His passion for the films and behind-the-scene stories was contagious, and I loved getting to meet some of the legends from the 1970s like Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Kris Kristofferson.
Now all these years later, this Exploration course is my opportunity to introduce this important time in history to a new generation of film enthusiasts. And secretly, it’s my excuse to rewatch all these great movies again!
Our textbook for this class is Drew Casper’s Hollywood Film, 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction. My colleague, Professor Robert Corna, took classes with Drew Casper in his graduate studies at USC and recommended the book.
What follows in this blog are the reviews written by our students. This has been a exciting experience for me because, as expected, none of our students were very familiar with the films, the style, and the historical context of the 60s and 70s before taking this course. Not all of the films are a big hit with the students, and some of the material has forced them out of their comfort zone a bit, but it has been rewarding to see these students grow and appreciate an era that is coming up on 50 years in the past!
We hope you enjoy the reviews. And go out and watch the films!