Posters for the movies "Two-Lane Black Top," "Foxy Brown" and "Prime Cut." These three films are examples of the 'shadow cinema' of the 1970s, which showcased ground-breaking storylines, characters, violence and graphic imagery for the sake of revolutionary artistry.

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Exploring And Elevating The ‘Shadow Cinema’ Of The 1970s

August 25, 2017

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." 


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!


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