Criterion Now – Episode 124 – American Cinema in the 1970s

Aaron is joined by Matthew Asprey Gear, who is an author, film historian, and teacher. We recently completed an online class about American Cinema in the 1970s, so we discuss some of the takeaways from that class and how the era is represented in the Criterion Collection. We also take a detour and discuss two other topics that he teaches — Film Noir and Orson Welles.

Episode Links

Dark City Confidential – A New Look at Classic Noir (1941 – 1961)
American Cinema in the 70s: A New Look at Hollywood
Matthew’s books
Letterboxd list of US Criterion films from the 1970s

Aaron West

I am a somewhat educated Criterion dork, with a History and Film Studies bachelor's degree and plenty of self-education over the years. My tastes are all over the map. Probably my favorite is 1930s French Poetic Realism, but I like everything from noir, to animation, to horror, westerns, and modern film. Usually I prefer film that challenges and requires something of the viewer.