Lost on the road of life: the theme of the outsider in American independent cinema of the 1960s

Riley, James (2007) Lost on the road of life: the theme of the outsider in American independent cinema of the 1960s. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation aims to explore the theory that there was an underlying theme of the outsider in the American Independent cinema of the 1960s. Using research on 1960s youth counter-culture and by examining three of the key films from the American Independent film movement, I explore the recurrent themes of rebellious anti-heroes and the notion of the death of the American Dream. I suggest that the Independent movement emerged as a response to the stagnation of mainstream Hollywood, but its success in luring the youth audience back to the cinemas lead to its hallmarks and innovations being re-appropriated by the mainstream, therefore effectively assimilating the outsider cinema into the Hollywood system. I also look at the reasons as to why a cinema of outsiders became popular with the American youth and eventually lead to a renaissance of 1960s cinema in general.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/284

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