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RING IN THE NEW DECADE WITH VINTAGE VISIONS OF THE FUTURE: INCLUDES MAD MAX, WESTWORLD, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, DARK STAR, THX 1138 AND MORE!
Available on the Criterion Channel January, 2020
The maverick spirit that defined the New Hollywood of the 1970s resulted in a wave of fascinating, wild, and often way-out-there science-fiction head trips that carried on the radical experimentation of the sixties while paving the way for the blockbuster boom of the eighties. It was during this decade that directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and George Miller pushed the boundaries of the genre with visionary space operas, chilling dystopian freak-outs, and mind-bending speculative thrillers that examined the era’s anxieties about technology, consumerism, overpopulation, and environmental collapse. From genre-defining landmarks like A Clockwork Orange and Mad Max to cult classics like Westworld and Rollerball to unclassifiable oddities like God Told Me To and A Boy and His Dog, this expansive survey offers a deep dive into a uniquely fertile moment when filmmakers gazed towards the future with awe and terror.
No Blade of Grass, Cornel Wilde, 1970
A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick, 1971
The Omega Man, Boris Sagal, 1971
THX 1138, George Lucas, 1971
Z.P.G., Michael Campus, 1972
Westworld, Michael Crichton, 1973
Soylent Green, Richard Fleischer, 1973
Dark Star, John Carpenter, 1974
The Terminal Man, Mike Hodges, 1974
Rollerball, Norman Jewison, 1975
A Boy and His Dog, L. Q. Jones, 1975
Death Race 2000, Paul Bartel, 1975
Shivers, David Cronenberg, 1975
The Ultimate Warrior, Robert Clouse, 1975
Logan’s Run, Michael Anderson, 1976
God Told Me To, Larry Cohen, 1976
Demon Seed, Donald Cammell, 1977
Mad Max, George Miller, 1979
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