New Hollywood Redux: Revisiting 1970s American Cinema (SCMS Panel) due August 15; Los Angeles, March 17-21, 2010

full name / name of organization: 
Maria San Filippo/Wellesley College and Maya Montañez Smukler/UCLA

Hollywood in the 1970s represented America in a state of social agitation and political disillusionment just as the American film industry was consumed with its own infrastructural shifts: the rupture of the studio system's hegemony met by the rise of the film brat-auteur and eventual dominance of the blockbuster business model. More than any other era of American film history before it or perhaps since, this "New Hollywood" combined commercialism and creativity to produce artistically inspired, socially engaged works that revitalized the domestic film industry and national cinephilia.

Marked by unique creative visions and excess yet prone to nostalgic romanticizing and mythologizing, 1970s Hollywood history requires further assessment of the complex components and influences it comprised. This panel aims to expand the historical record of 1970s Hollywood in both its cinematic expression and cultural context. In concert with the conference theme "Archiving the Future/Mobilizing the Past," we invite case studies, new readings and interventions that generate fresh looks at any aspect of 1970s Hollywood and American screen culture.

Please note that we are looking for one additional paper to round out a panel proposal including papers on the following topics: political trauma in 1970s film noir, feminist screenwriter Eleanor Perry, and the economics of ethnicity in Martin Scorsese's 'Mean Streets.'

Please send 200-300 word abstracts (listing key references) with short bio as a Word attachment via email to and no later than August 15. Expect a response by August 21. Please consult the SCMS guidelines before you submit: