Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-In Near You by Charles Taylor
The Shadow Cinema of the American '70s

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But though Taylor intends the book as a "mosaic," there's still a compelling wholeness. Heartland America hides human trafficking rings, war is a state of being, and a hero (if you can find one) might only triumph by knowing himself better than the world knows itself.
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"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

When we think of '70s cinema, we think of classics like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, and The Wild Bunch . . . but the riches found in the overlooked B movies of the time, rolled out wherever they might find an audience, unexpectedly tell an eye-opening story about post-Watergate, post-Vietnam America. Revisiting the films that don't make the Academy Award montages, Charles Taylor finds a treasury many of us have forgotten, movies that in fact "unlock the secrets of the times."

Celebrated film critic Taylor pays homage to the trucker vigilantes, meat magnate pimps, blaxploitation "angel avengers," and taciturn factory workers of grungy, unartful B 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.
 

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Charles Taylor is Board of Trustees Professor of Law and Philosophy at Northwestern University, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University, and former Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford University. He is the author of many books and articles, including Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited; Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity; The Ethics of Authenticity; Hegel; and the essay "The Politics of Recognition," which appeared in Multiculturalism (edited by Amy Gutmann).
 
Published June 6, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA. 203 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 02 2017

An illuminating collection of film criticism that is like a critical history of rock as exemplified by garage bands and one-hit wonders.

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Above average
Reviewed by Genevieve Valentine on Jun 07 2017

But though Taylor intends the book as a "mosaic," there's still a compelling wholeness. Heartland America hides human trafficking rings, war is a state of being, and a hero (if you can find one) might only triumph by knowing himself better than the world knows itself.

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