Why Easy Rider is New American cinema

Easy Rider came in 1969 and got surprisingly much success. The film was shot outside the studio in real locations, it featured no major star and cast non-professional actors in several scenes, and much of the dialogue was improvised. The movie presented a genuine view of the counterculture from inside it because the young participants of the movie were a part of it. New American cinema was all about capturing aspects of the culture that had not been seen on screen before. In Easy Rider, the characters are searching for an America that they feared was disappearing. Hopper and Fonda, the directors of the film, wanted to challenge Hollywood’s conventional values and interrogated attitudes that were supposed be segregated from Hollywood. After Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, filmmakers began using music in an entirely different way and Easy Rider consists completely of sixties American rock music. The new generation of filmmakers showed a deeper interest in sound than the generation of filmmakers before them, often using overlapping dialogue and exposed levels of ambient noise. Easy Rider was one of the first films to use popular music of the period.

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2 thoughts on “Why Easy Rider is New American cinema

  1. I think it is amazing how a film can have so much success without having any famous actors, and/or actresses. I think it would be hard to draw viewers in because there would be no one they knew in the film. I think it is really cool that films like this can also do so well for themselves,

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  2. I have not yet seen this film although I am looking forward to watching it in the near future. I liked learning about the presentation over New American Cinema and it enticed me to check those films out.

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