It's Okay with Me: Hollywood, the 1970s, and the Return of the Private Eye (Paperback)
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One of the cornerstones of the 1970s New Hollywood movement was the reinvention of genres from the studio era, with Westerns, musicals, and gangster movies getting the "revisionist" treatment by the so-called Film Brats who were raised on them. But few genres were revisited with as much vigor as the private eye movie - which found New Hollywood icons like Robert Altman, Roman Polanski, and Arthur Penn putting their distinctive spin on the timeworn conventions of the gumshoe film. So what was it about the private eye movie that was so compelling at that particular juncture, in both film history and American life? In It's Okay With Me, author Jason Bailey dives deep into the essential detective pictures of the era, breaking down how they bridged past and present, while examining how each film was not only representative of New Hollywood, but of the wider cultural moment.
About the Author
Jason Bailey is the author of 'Pulp Fiction: The Complete History of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece, ' 'The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion' (both Voyageur Press), and 'Richard Pryor: American Id' (The Critical Press). A graduate of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vulture, VICE, Slate, The Atlantic, The Dissolve, IndieWire, and Flavorwire, where he was film editor for seven years. His next book, 'Fun City Cinema: New York City and the Movies That Made It, ' will be published by Abrams Books. He lives in New York City with his wife Rebekah and their daughters Lucille and Alic