The 1970s were a time of artistic renaissance for American film: a new generation of spirited filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and John Cassavetes took independent cinema into grittier, more real, and darker terrains. At the same time, mainstream cinema was becoming bigger, wilder, and grimmer. Reflecting the pessimism and economic stagnation of the time, the 1970s saw a golden era for disaster films that thrilled audiences with the possibility of chaos: boats sank, huge buses crashed, skyscrapers came down, and nuclear meltdown seemed imminent. These movies shared an affinity for spectacular action scenes, impressive practical effects, and impending death.
The ’70s were a time of massive change in cinema, reflecting sociopolitical differences, including the birth of the modern disaster film.Read MoreMovieWeb – Feed