New Hollywood, New Wave

Course Dates: 20/09/21 - 06/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
The film world was breathless with excitement by 1963 but Hollywood had fallen behind the rest of the world and
everyone was going to the latest French or Italian films. Exactly four years later Time magazine’s cover story was “The New Hollywood.” How this happened, how Hollywood suddenly went from losing millions on bloated spectacles like Cleopatra to producing smart, talked-about pictures like The Graduate, Badlands and Bonnie and Clyde — how Old Hollywood became the New Hollywood — is the subject of this course.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF011

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Started Mon, eve, 20 Sep - 06 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course is about the new type of movies starting to reflect social and cultural currents. Bonnie
and Clyde rode the new wave into Hollywood just after Blow Up exploded in swinging London and they paved the
way for Two Lane Blacktop and Easy Rider. Things would never be the same again. It’s about directors taking risks, betting the rules would change by the time their movie was released. And they bet right. It all happened so fast. Moviemakers sensed the conditions for a new kind of Hollywood movie and when the moment arrived, they were ready. ”It felt like there was an amazing new film every week making a powerful impression - to this day!”.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Background ‘biographies’ of key films such as M*A*S*H, Harold & Maude, Medium Cool, 2001, The Wild Bunch,
and Night Moves.

How more explicit subject matter challenged Hays Code rules, releasing a new creativity called ‘New Hollywood’.

Overview of the era of a special, never-repeated revolutionary film-making, a magical mixture of the influence of the
French New Wave and British social realism.

The influx of new supportive producers such as Robert Evans. and of directors from television, who were as open
to influence from the new European cinema as they were to old Hollywood, such as John Frankenheimer, Sidney
Lumet, Norman Jewison and Arthur Penn.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Distinguish the conditions that led to a new Hollywood
Identify the key films, producers, and directors in the New Hollywood.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels. For those interested in the cinema who enjoy viewing and discussing films, sharing ideas and listening to
the views of others.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Short lecture illustrated with film clips, followed by discussion in ‘breakout rooms’. No outside class work.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No further costs. Tutor will supply all films/extracts. Please bring pad or device to take notes during lectures.

Recommended (but purely optional) reading: Easy Riders, Raging Bulls…Saved Hollywood - Peter Biskind;
Shooting ‘Midnight Cowboy’: the Making of a Dark Classic - Glenn Frankel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux); Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood - Mark Harris (Penguin).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For other Film Studies courses look under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies at

John Wischmeyer

John Wischmeyer (MA in Film Theory) set up, ran and programmed his own cinema in West London and has since taught film studies at the former Gainsborough studio, the BFI and City Lit since 1999, Hitchcock’s centenary year. John has covered a wide range film topics under the banner ‘Cinema Investigates America’ and has a particular interest in and considerable knowledge of Hitchcock, Hollywood studios, American independent cinema and film noir, film technique and style.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.