Quentin Tarantino Mulls over 1970s Hollywood Films
Quentin Tarantino is currently busy researching the artistic revival Hollywood went through in the 1970s. He is still undecided whether to present the research as a series of podcasts, books or a feature documentary.
In the recently held eighth Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France, Quentin Tarantino and Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremau curated some of the best 1970s movies like Arthur Hiller’s Love Story, Dario Argento’s The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, Claude Chabrol’s The Butcher, Billy Wilder’s The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes and Robert Altman’s MASH. These films led the artistic revival of Old Hollywood that was in the clutches of big studio bosses whose movies were only for family audiences.
According to The Playlist, Quentin Tarantino during his research found some old movie reviews like ‘What’s wrong with movies?’ ‘Movies have become scary,’ ‘Can Hollywood survive?’
Tarantino says, “There were a lot of promises made of possibilities of a new cinema. It was almost like, could Hollywood handle this kind of freedom? Could the public handle it? The freedom seemed limitless. Directors could adapt any book, could shoot anything. There were no restrictions and that was maybe untenable.”
The revival lasted just six years. Inquisitr reports that the decline of the new Hollywood movement started after blockbusters like Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and George Lucas’ Star Wars hit the theaters. These movies brought in huge crowds and revenues.
Major studios started concentrating on making blockbuster sci-fi and action movies. The artistic wave in Hollywood died in the 1980s with Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate and Francis Ford Coppola’s One From The Heart. Both were box office failures.
Although there is a lot of literature about Hollywood in the 1970s, Quentin Tarantino recommends Mark Harris’ book Pictures Of A Revolution: Five Movies And The Birth Of The New Hollywood.
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