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The Age of New WavesArt Cinema and the Staging of Globalization$
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James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858286.001.0001

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Was there an American New Wave?

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The Age of New Waves

James Tweedie

Oxford University Press

While the phrase “American new wave” appeared in film circles in the 1960s and has surfaced sporadically in the intervening years, it has generally been replaced by terms like “American independent cinema” and “New Hollywood.” This chapter returns both to the original moment when directors and critics hailed the arrival of a new wave on American shores and to filmmakers who foregrounded the key issues of youth, cities, and the mise en scène of post-WWII modernity. While Arthur Penn, Mickey One, and Bonnie and Clyde figure prominently in any account of an American new wave, this chapter also considers the role of Melvin Van Peebles and John Cassavetes in recreating the city film during a time of suburbanization.

Keywords:   american new wave, new hollywood, american independent cinema, cities, suburbs, Arthur Penn, Melvin Van Peebles, John Cassavetes

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