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New Hollywood Films

True, most of the films in this collection received some portion if not all of their funding from a major Hollywood studio, which would make them the very antithesis of "independent." However, these films were made during a time when the studio system, having abandoned its fascistic "Motion Picture Production Code" which refused to release any picture that did not meet their standards of "decency" and facing serious challenges amidst a flood of foreign films (most of which flew in the face of the "Code") that had become increasingly popular amongst "the kids," was struggling to attract younger audiences. Hollywood needed new blood if it was to survive.

Against this backdrop arose a number of young filmmakers who had embraced the spirit of French New Wave directors and likewise wanted to create something new. Films like Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate and Easy Rider pushed the limits of acceptibility, depicted graphic violence and sexuality and brought the role of the 'auteur' to center stage. The wild popularity of these films proved that low-budget, artistic could become a viable commodity. In the years that followed (roughly 1968-1974) there was a resurgence in Hollywood filmmaking that produced an incredible number of films that have become modern classics.

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Bonnie and Clyde

$14.95 | 111 minutes

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway deliver pitch-perfect performances as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in this depression-era crime drama. Young, beautiful Bonnie Parker is bored with life in her go-nowhere small town. When she meets the charming and ambitious fledgling criminal Clyde Barrow she sees her chance for a…

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The Graduate

$11.95 | 106 minutes

Dustin Hoffman is the college graduate who has an affair with a married woman (Anne Bancroft) but falls in love with her daughter (Katharine Ross)…

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

$11.95 | 330 minutes

This 1969 Western encapsulates the genre, with dramatic chase scenes on horseback through breathtaking landscapes, daring robberies of banks and trains, true comradery between cowboys who would risk their lives for one another, and copious amounts of renegade charm…

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Klute

$15.95 | 114 minutes

Adapting the traditional structure of 1940s film noir detective movies, director Alan Pakula created a thriller that addressed the 1970s issue of the compromises faced by a woman trying to maintain her freedom…

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Easy Rider

$11.95 | 95 minutes

This landmark film stars Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Billy, respectively. After closing a big-time coke deal in L.A., the two bikers head their hogs east, trying to discover the real America on the way to Mardi Gras…

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Five Easy Pieces

$11.95 | 98 minutes

FIVE EASY PIECES is one of the most notable collaborations between Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson, with Nicholson in an outstanding performance as Bobby Dupea. In the film, Rafelson and Nicholson capture the difficult, awkward life of a gifted man who hasn't discovered a way to fully express his talent or found his place in…

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Harold and Maude

$5.95 | 91 minutes

This whimsical black comedy became a cult favorite, tapping into some inexplicable early 1970s zeitgeist. Harold is a rich teenager obsessed with slashed wrists, self-inflicted gunshot wounds, personal vivisection, drowning, hanging, and being burned alive--just to annoy his mother. Maude is a poor 79-year-old optimist who has a peerless…

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