Professor of Media and Society Lester Friedman is the editor of a new book, “American Cinema of the 1970s: Themes and Variations,” recently published by Rutgers University Press.
The 10 years known as “The Me Decade” was also famous for big hair, blaring music and broken politics, and this book looks beyond the strobe lights and numerous other icons to reveal how profoundly the decade influenced American life and how its films represent a peak moment in cinema history.
Bringing together 10 original essays, the book examines the range of films that marked the decade, including “Jaws,” “Rocky,” “Love Story,” “Shaft,” “Dirty Harry,” “The Godfather,” “Deliverance,” “The Exorcist,” “Shampoo,” “Taxi Driver,” “Star Wars,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Apocalypse Now.”
Chair of the department and a member of the faculty since 2005, Friedman holds a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University and his master’s and doctorate from Syracuse University.
Copies are now available at The College Store.