Ed Driscoll

Radical Celluloid Chic

Over at the PJ Lifestyle blog, I have a lengthy article on Peter Biskind’s classic late 1990s book on the rise and fall of early 1970s “New Hollywood,” Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which is now out now on the Kindle.

If you’ve ever wondered why John Wayne, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly began to disappear at the box office in the early 1970s, and were replaced by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino — who themselves were then replaced by Luke Skywalker, E.T., and Indiana Jones, this is likely the best-written history of New Hollywood in all its destructive, punitive glory.