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The Indie Cinema Revolution: American Movies in the 1990s

Postwar Hollywood: Highlights of American Cinema 1945-1990

The Indie Cinema Revolution: American Movies in the 1990s

The ten years from 1990 to 1999 was a banner year for independent filmmakers in America. Hollywood finally invited young directors to join their party, resulting in a tidal wave of revolutionary new films. This 10-year period brought forth more American independently-produced films than nearly any other time. Unique films such as Do the Right Thing, Reservoir Dogs, American History X, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, and Pulp Fiction were produced in the ’90s. What caused this huge shift in filmmaking and film viewers? What were the lasting effects of these changes? In this class we’ll watch films such as these and uncover the mystery of this prolific decade. New technologies helped emerging filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee lead the way for many other emerging filmmakers.

Here is a tentative list of some films being considered for this class:

  Drugstore Cowboy - Gus Van Sant (1989)
  A Simple Plan - Sam Raimi (1998)
  Boys Don't Cry - Kimberly Peirce (1999)
  Office Space - Mike Judge (1998)
  Raising Arizona - Joel Coen (1987)
  Three Kings - David O. Russell (1999)
  Slacker - Richard Linklater (1991)
  Short Cuts - Robert Altman (1993)
  Léon: The Professional - Luc Besson (1994)
  Twelve Monkeys - Terry Gilliam (1995)
  Bottle Rocket - Wes Anderson (1996)
  Fargo - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (1996)
  Waiting for Guffman - Christopher Guest (1997)
  The Fifth Element - Luc Besson (1997)
  The Ice Storm - Ang Lee (1997)
  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Terry Gilliam (1998)
  Rushmore - Wes Anderson (1998)
  American History X - Tony Kaye (1998)
  Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze (1999)
  Election - Alexander Payne (1999)

Arrangements for viewing the films will be through a private secure streaming service.

There are no additional costs for accessing the films.

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The Indie Cinema Revolution: American Movies in the 1990s

The ten years from 1990 to 1999 was a banner year for independent filmmakers in America. Hollywood finally invited young directors to join their party, resulting in a tidal wave of revolutionary new films. This 10-year period brought forth more American independently-produced films than nearly any other time. Unique films such as Do the Right Thing, Reservoir Dogs, American History X, Rushmore, Being John Malkovich, and Pulp Fiction were produced in the ’90s. What caused this huge shift in filmmaking and film viewers? What were the lasting effects of these changes? In this class we’ll watch films such as these and uncover the mystery of this prolific decade. New technologies helped emerging filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino and Spike Lee lead the way for many other emerging filmmakers.

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