Hollywood in the ’60s

From the pit of despair to the pinnacle of artistic masterpieces

In 1961 and 1962 Hollywood gave up all hope for a revived movie industry. The end of the blacklist brought little financial improvement. Producers were desperate. Experimentation was minimal, resulting in a string of lackluster films. The French New Wave started making its way to America, making domestic films appear even more pointless and antiquated. A bunch of younger filmmakers were inspired by these European imports to modernize their film techniques. This shift surprised everyone, particularly the Hollywood bean-counters who learned that modern movies filled the theater seats. These younger filmmakers took the Hollywood money and produced a bunch of the best movies ever made.

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