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Fal 2009 1. Instructor’s Comments 2. Easy Rider (1969)
— directed by Dennis Hopper
— starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Jack Nicholson
v how does this ﬁlm reﬂect personal search?
— how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the student rebellion of the 1960s?
— how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the hippie movement of the 1960s?
— how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the baby boom generation?
— how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the unfolding drug culture?
— how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the larger acceptance of rock’n’roll music?
I how does this ﬁlm reﬂect the civil rights movement?
I where is the Vietnam War?
-- do you see any new ﬁlm techniques here? Instructor’s Comment During the 19605, the front end of the baby boom generation (those born between
1945 and 1962) went off to college. They had already supported the unfolding civil rights
movement in the early-to mid—1960; now they challenged college authority and authority
in general. They often took to drugs, beginning with marijuana, then on to LSD, and then
on to other things. They expressed considerable interest in the hippie movement (which
rejected all middle class values), although few embraced the hippie culture. They enjoyed
fast cars and motorcycles, and rock’n’roll music, now turned from entertainment to social
protest and commentary, ﬁlled the airwaves. And the bulk of them opposed the Vietnam
War, what they regarded as “redneck America,” and the values of the older generations,
notably those who had lived through the Great Depression and World War 11. Easy Rider,
made on a very modest budget, had powerful appeal to the boomers. For Next Week Outside of class, watch either The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (early 1950s version)
or Dr. Strangelove. As we advance farther into the second half of the course, continue
reading pages 1877241 in Mintz and Roberts. If you do not have grades for both Book Review #1 and the Midterm Exam, please see or
email the instructor immediately. Looking ahead, Book Review #2 of Celluloid Mirrors is
due on November 17. There is no class on Tuesday, November 24, owing to Fall Break. ...
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