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They Might Be Giants: Forgotten Classics of the New American Cinema

Giant steps

When traditional Hollywood fell apart in the 1970s, new talent made no-compromise films the astounding norm.

By David Thomson

The wind has no aim or purpose: it can lift houses off their foundations as easily as it can stir the hem of a girl's dress. It is always up to the watcher to keep his or her eyes open for the spectacle and his or her mind attuned to its significance. In the world that is still prepared to think and talk about film, we are nostalgic over the wind in America in the early 1970s. It was called Coppola, Scorsese, Ashby, Polanski, Altman, Bogdanovich, Pakula, Rafelson, De Palma, Peckinpah, Milius, Demme and Cassavetes.

Think about that gang…

Block or Report
  • Across 110th Street
  • Busting
  • Cockfighter
  • The Crazies
  • Dark Star
  • The Driver
  • Electra Glide in Blue
  • The Gambler
  • God Told Me To
  • Chilly Scenes of Winter
  • The Hired Hand
  • The Last Detail
  • The Laughing Policeman
  • Little Murders
  • Loving
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Night Moves
  • Save the Tiger
  • Scarecrow
  • Smile
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door
  • Taking Off
  • They Might Be Giants
  • Where’s Poppa?
  • Two-Lane Blacktop