The decade when American films took a dramatically different artistic turn was the subject of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
Host Gina Logue’s interview with English professor and film aficionado Dr. Will Brantley first aired Aug. 22 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and www.wmot.org. You can listen to their conversation above.
Brantley will teach “American Film in the ’70s,” an honors interdisciplinary seminar, from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday during the fall 2017 semester. It is open to students who have completed the general studies requirements in English and can be counted as three hours of upper-division English credit.
Film critics regard the 1970s as a halcyon period of creativity for American films as directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg came into their own.
Owing to the seeds of distrust that had been sown by the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, the films reflected a skepticism and tendency to challenge established views that prior films had not displayed.
“The studio system found itself in disarray and was willing to try new things and to turn power over to some filmmakers who wouldn’t have had that much power previously,” said Brantley.
“They almost, to a fault, rejected the happy ending. They valued ambiguity. They valued raising questions as opposed to answering them.”
Scheduled screenings for the course include “Five Easy Pieces,” “Taxi Driver,” “The Deer Hunter,” “The Conversation,” “Nashville,” “The Last Picture Show,” “Cabaret” and “Carrie.”
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about “MTSU On the Record,” contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.