Never-before-seen violence, unsettling and unsatisfying endings and "Blaxploitation" -- these are just a few of the traits and trends of the so-called "shadow cinema" of American films during the 1970s. As blockbuster hits like "Star Wars" and "The Godfather" were about to hit the silver screen, movies like "Cisco Pike," "American Hot Wax" and "Vanishing Point" daringly debuted for audiences eager for something new and ground-breaking. Author and film critic Charles Taylor and Brandeis University professor and film expert Thomas Doherty join Under the Radar to discuss this unique era in American filmmaking through the lens of Taylor's newest book, "Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s."
- Charles Taylor is an author and film critic. He has written extensively on movies books, pop culture and politics for the New York Times, Salon and The New Yorker, among others. He has also taught at New York University and the New School. He is also a member of the National Society of Film Critics. His latest book is "Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s." It is available online and in stores now.
- Thomas Doherty is a professor of American studies at Brandeis University. He is a cultural historian with a special interest in Hollywood cinema. He is an associate editor for the film magazine Cineaste and film review editor for the Journal of American History. His most recent book is "Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939," published in 2013 by Columbia University Press. Follow Thomas on Twitter.
BONUS: Charles Taylor talks about the intersection of music and movies in the 1970s.
Watch trailers and clips from the movies mentioned in Charles Taylor's book!