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“The Rise of a Film Generation”

Film Culture and Cinephilia

3. 1946 to 1975

4. 1966–1975

  1. Michael Zryd

Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470671153.wbhaf060

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film

How to Cite

Zryd, M. 2011. “The Rise of a Film Generation”. The Wiley-Blackwell History of American Film. 3:4:57.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2011

Abstract

In 1967, film critic Stanley Kauffmann reflected on “the end of a decade that had seen the rise of a Film Generation around the country” (1968, 274). Yet, this rise of a Film Generation happened at a time when the theatrical box office suffered its lowest attendance: In 1971, the smallest number of tickets was sold in American film history — 16 million per week (Cook 2002, 14). How do we make sense of this apparent contradiction between the decline in theatrical film-going and the rise of a “Film Generation”?

Keywords:

  • film culture;
  • cinephilia;
  • film exhibition;
  • film audiences;
  • art cinema;
  • experimental film;
  • education;
  • campus film societies;
  • film criticism;
  • film studies