Brooding thrillers from the 1970’s are probably the best. Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, who could beat these men at their own game, in their prime?
Now a new book comes out, Opening Wednesday at a Theater Or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow of the American ’70s, by author Charles Taylor. The book covers in particular those gritty B-movies from the era.
Here is the outline;
When we think of ’70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch . . . but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Revisiting the films that don’t make the Academy Award montages, Charles Taylor finds a treasury many of us have forgotten, movies that in fact “unlock the secrets of the times.”
Celebrated film critic Taylor pays homage to the trucker vigilantes, meat magnate pimps, blaxploitation “angel avengers,” and taciturn factory workers of grungy, unartful B films such as Prime Cut, Foxy Brown, and Eyes of Laura Mars. He creates a compelling argument for what matters in moviemaking and brings a pivotal American era vividly to life in all its gritty, melancholy complexity.
I haven’t read it yet, but it does sound like it’s right up our street…