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JC: Charles Taylor presents OPENING WEDNESDAY AT A THEATER OR DRIVE-IN NEAR YOU In Conversation with Stephanie Zacharek

    06/06/2017 - 7:30pm

    This event will take place in our Jersey City store.

    Classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch reigned over 1970s cinema. But the riches found in the overlooked B-movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. In Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s, acclaimed film critic Charles Taylor revisits the films that don’t make the Academy Award montages and explores what these B-films embody of 1970s America.

    Opening Wednesday unlocks a forgotten treasury, films that display the honest, almost pleasurable, pessimism of the era, with a staying power that stands in opposition to what Taylor calls the current “infantilization” in Hollywood. Taylor argues that movies today—beginning with the unprecedented success of Star Wars in 1977—have devolved to “spectacle and gimmicks,” with sequels and remakes and spinoffs as the bulk of mainstream moviemaking, while films from the 1970s portray a “connection to the world, and to real-life emotions.”

    In the essays of Opening Wednesday, Taylor pays homage to the trucker vigilantes, meat magnate pimps, blaxploitation “angel avengers,” and taciturn factory workers of grungy, unartful 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.

    Charles Taylor has written on movies, books, popular culture, and politics for The New York Times, Salon, The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Dissent, The Nation, New York Observer, Lapham’s Quarterly, and others. A member of the National Society of Film Critics, Taylor has contributed to several of the society’s volumes, and his work appears in Best Music Writing 2009. He has taught journalism and literature courses at the New School, the Columbia School of Journalism, and NYU. Taylor lives in the New York area.

    Stephanie Zacharek is the film critic for Time magazine. She was previously chief film critic for the Village Voice and,and her work has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and Sight and Sound. She was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in criticism. Tweet her at @szacharek.

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    Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s Cover Image
    ISBN: 9781632868183
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Bloomsbury USA - June 6th, 2017

    "Movie criticism's Dostoyevsky . . . Taylor reveals a national identity forged from the innocence we claim to have lost but never had in the first place." --Steve Erickson, author of Zeroville