The New Hollywood

July 19–Sept. 9 As the 1960s drew to a close, Hollywood was on the cusp of a renaissance led by a new generation of filmmakers and stars — among them Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg — who took the reins of American cinema and led it into a golden era dubbed the "New Hollywood," revitalizing the system while counterbalancing the rise of TV and the demise of the classical Hollywood model on their own terms. Beginning with a new wave of director-driven filmmaking, which was countercultural in spirit, combining an anti-establishment attitude with formal experimentation and frank, sometimes cynical depictions of American society, these disruptors swiftly established a new paradigm in Hollywood. As the box office success of small-budget wild cards like Dennis Hopper's EASY RIDER led studios to hand over an unprecedented level of control to these hip young creators in a bid to court the lucrative youth market, Hollywood saw a boom in auteur-driven blockbusters like JAWS and ALIEN.

Covering 1969 to 1979, this series collects some of the best-known films of the New Hollywood era — from EASY RIDER, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and THE GODFATHER to JAWS, TAXI DRIVER and ALIEN — alongside standout work by other trailblazing filmmakers of the period like Elaine May, Monte Hellman, Frank Perry and Melvin Van Peebles.