16. American Cinema in the 1970s: Chinatown

A NEW ERA IN FILMMAKING - THE 1960S TO THE LATE 1970S - CONVENTIONS OF THE NEW AMERICAN CINEMA - ROMAN POLANSKI: THE DIRECTOR AND HIS FILMS - THE STORY AND THE HISTORY OF LOS ANGELES - CHINATOWN AND FILM NOIR - THE BEGINNING OF A NEW HOLLYWOOD: THE BLOCKBUSTER AND THE 1980S

The rise of the French New Wave in the 1960s heralded a new era in independent filmmaking around the world. Finally forced to adapt to the movements of the underground, Hollywood in the 1970s experimented with new filmmaking techniques and controversial issues. This guide explores the rise of the new American cinema through a discussion of one of its most recognizable works: Roman Polanski's Chinatown. This guide chiefly examines the historical context of the film, as well as its connections to Film Noir.

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