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An evocative and unique exploration of the most important era in
In film history, the sixties are commonly known as the golden age
of international cinema. The period from 1958 to 1969 saw a
brilliant explosion of talent not just in Europe but throughout the
world. From Sweden and Poland to India and Japan, from Brazil and
Hungary to Spain and Czechoslovakia, young filmmakers seemingly
sprang out of nowhere, challenging the stale conservativism of
fifties cinema. With films like "Jules et Jim, 8 1/2," and
"Breathless," to name but a few, they flouted taboos both sexual
and political while bringing sharper, fresher, franker, more
violent, and more personal visions to the screen than ever before.
In "Revolution!," Peter Cowie discusses the themes, trends, and
creative filmmakers of the period-including Antonioni, Bergman,
Cassavetes, Fellini, Godard, Kurosawa, and Truffaut-while focusing
on those whose voices still evoke the struggles and achievements of
the sixties and set the creative and intellectual standard by which
today's finest films are still held.