In retrospect, the 1970s has been solidified as one of, if not the most important decade in modern cinema. The era produced the greatest cinematic masterminds and films of all time. Not since the invention of the motion picture had such a single period of artistic proficiency impacted culture and the industry so assuredly. Mike Nichols, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese are all legends to the contemporary film student, but in the seventies, these men were just setting out to take risks and tell the stories that they felt were important. Their films stand as major milestones and benchmarks of aspirations to perfection, but they had no way of knowing that while they were producing them. I think that is what truly makes them unique and ensures their influence and relevance. The films these men gave us will never be able to be recreated or remade with the same precision. They are all true gems.
By the 1970’s, the United States had reached a cultural breaking point fueled mainly by the fallout of an assassinated president and an unpopular and aimless war. Film-goers were no longer responding to feel-good escapism, and their wallets demanded more challenging options when purchasing their tickets. The filmmakers of the seventies that spearheaded the response to this increasing demand for more invigorating content would go on to solidify themselves as true legends. They commanded the bravado of this new Golden Age in Hollywood with passion, taking on themes and styles that would have been uneventful in decades prior, impacting the film industry and our culture as a whole for years to come.