CFP: New Approaches to '70s Audiences (8/28/06; SCMS, 3/8/07-3/11/07)

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Sarah LaBeau Delahousse
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New Approaches to ‘70s Audiences

Society for Cinema and Media Studies Chicago Conference Panel Proposal

Recent scholarship on Hollywood in the seventies has charted the development of the mainstream blockbuster, demonstrated a relationship between aesthetic and economic qualities of New Hollywood films, and examined the rise of multiplexes along with a presumed homogeneity of viewing audiences. And yet the seventies also represented a time when Hollywood studios scrambled to reinvent themselves in a rapidly altering industry. While the resulting films largely existed due to this desire for profit, this period of uncertainty initiated artistic risks and innovations that showed new possibilities for cinema. In this panel, we will reassess the relevance of seventies films and how they were received by audiences of the period, particularly youth audiences.

Topics that are of interest to this panel include but are not limited to:

Slasher films
Blaxploitation films/Urban audience
Cult/midnight movies
Crime films
Teen films
Feminist depictions in New Hollywood
Economic perspectives on New Hollywood films

Proposals must be between 300-400 words and must include a Bibliography. They are due no later than August 28th and should be sent to Sarah LaBeau Delahousse at

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