Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971, Monte Hellman
Bonnie and Clyde, 1967, Arthur Penn
Taxi Driver, 1976, Martin Scorsese
One-Eyed Jacks, 1961, Marlon Brando
The Last Detail, 1973, Hal Ashby
Fat City, 1972, John Huston
Breathless, 1983, Jim McBride

Collection on Screen:

New Hollywood

May 4 to June 28, 2023

The Film Museum has devoted more than one retrospective to the changes in Hollywood in the 1960s and 1970s. Our collection also contains a series of key films from this period that we will exhibit in this module of Collection on Screen. The selection is intentionally limited to feature films and ties into our Collection on Screen series on Italian Neorealism (Fall 2021) and the French Nouvelle vague (early 2022).
The impulses of the New Wave in 1960s France were felt overseas not least as the direct inspiration for the script of Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Ultimately directed by Arthur Penn, the film was initially offered to François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard and counts as the kick-off of New Hollywood: Its audacious tonal shifts from slapstick to violence marked the changing times in the Dream Factory, made possible by the abolition in 1966 of the production code and the years of self-censorship it had imposed.
Stand-out Hollywood films like Marlon Brando's One-Eyed Jacks (1961) and John Frankenheimer's The Manchurian Candidate (1962) established a cool, modern, personal approach parallel to the Nouvelle Vague while older studio filmmaking disappeared. Bonnie and Clyde counted among the successful projects that triggered a temporary reconceptualization in Hollywood: They wanted to reach younger audiences that had become more interested in modern films from Europe and Asia. Cinephile directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Walter Hill could try out new ideas, and there was room for political engagement as in Hal Ashby's Shampoo (1975) and, especially, unconventional approaches to genre, from the road movie (Monte Hellmann's Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971) to boxing films (John Huston's Fat City, 1972 – another prime example of the interaction between New Hollywood and the cinema of industry veterans).
The lighter equipment that enabled the defining verité look of the Nouvelle Vague migrated via the parallel documentary movement of Direct Cinema into different achievements like George A. Romero's breakthrough horror film Night of the Living Dead (1968), Barbara Loden's sole feature film Wanda (1970), and John Cassavetes' films and the improvised quality of his work with actors. The openness to the idea of auteur films even led to the importation of European arthouse directors to Hollywood, for instance Michelangelo Antonioni, whose deal with MGM peaked in Professione: reporter/The Passanger (1975), starring Jack Nicholson. And yet the arrival of the blockbuster era and a series of commercial misfires in the 1970s led to the demise of New Hollywood's open-mindedness: In 1983, one of the movement's pioneers, Jim McBride, delivered Breathless, a noteworthy remake of Godard's Nouvelle Vague classic A bout de souffle (1960). It was not, however, a departure like before, but a kind of (rockabilly) swansong. (Christoph Huber / Translation: Ted Fendt)
Related materials

A Woman Under the Influence

(1974, 147 min)

Bonnie and Clyde

(1967, 111 min)


(1983, 100 min)


(1971, 90 min)

Fat City

(1972, 97 min)

Night of the Living Dead

(1968, 96 min)

One-Eyed Jacks

(1961, 137 min)


(1975, 109 min)

Straw Dogs

(1971, 115 min)

Taxi Driver

(1976, 114 min)

The Conversation

(1974, 112 min)

The Driver

(1978, 90 min)

The Last Detail

(1973, 103 min)

The Manchurian Candidate

(1962, 123 min)

Two-Lane Blacktop

(1971, 103 min)


(1970, 102 min)
For each series, films are listed in screening order.
Running time: 111 min
Thu, 04.05.2023 18:00
Free admission for supporting members
Tue, 06.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 90 min
Sat, 06.05.2023 20:30
Wed, 07.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 137 min
Sun, 07.05.2023 18:00
Mon, 22.05.2023 18:00
Running time: 114 min
Sun, 07.05.2023 20:30
Running time: 90 min
Mon, 08.05.2023 18:00
Sun, 11.06.2023 18:00
Running time: 103 min
Mon, 08.05.2023 20:30
Tue, 13.06.2023 20:45
Running time: 109 min
Tue, 09.05.2023 20:30
Sun, 18.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 123 min
Sun, 14.05.2023 18:00
Mon, 22.05.2023 20:30
Running time: 112 min
Sun, 14.05.2023 20:30
Wed, 14.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 147 min
Sun, 21.05.2023 17:30
Running time: 102 min
Sun, 21.05.2023 20:30
Wed, 21.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 97 min
Sun, 28.05.2023 18:00
Tue, 20.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 103 min
Sun, 28.05.2023 20:30
Tue, 27.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 96 min
Tue, 30.05.2023 20:30
Running time: 115 min
Wed, 31.05.2023 20:30
Sun, 25.06.2023 20:30
Running time: 100 min
Sat, 03.06.2023 18:00
Wed, 28.06.2023 20:30