For nearly half a century, Hollywood studios banked on creating big-budgeted productions that after a while, inevitably grew stale. Producers and studios soon noticed that the number of theater-goers was severely dwindling and that the new demographic of movie fans were in young, literate college students who got a kick out of analyzing and critiquing films.
In order to target this new emerging demographic, studios scouted film schools across the country and began giving young filmmakers opportunities to speak to the new ‘modern movie-goer.’ As a result, these young filmmakers created a voice for the counter-culture and helped ring in a whole new mode of storytelling that would impact the film industry forever.
Young filmmakers were coming out of the woodwork, both from film schools and from B-movie backgrounds, these young directors were movie-crazed and brought a lot of influence from the great European films being made at the time. On top of that, in 1966, the production code fell apart which allowed filmmakers to incorporate more sexual, violent, and raunchy content, so as to align with their new target demographic. All these things, combined, allowed for a greater sense of realism to enter the world of cinema, thus inflating the impact and emotional power of films!
Here are a few key films by some of the Hollywood Brats that defined the New Hollywood Movement!