Hollywood and the Vietnam War: Echoes of the War in American Film

Mitch Brian
Big Read KC
As the Vietnam War escalated in the 1960s, Hollywood was struggling financially and the longtime studio system was collapsing. Into the vacuum stepped a cadre of young filmmakers concerned and affected by the unpopular war. Against a backdrop of political and cultural unrest, a new Hollywood emerged.  Filmmaker, screenwriter, and University of Missouri-Kansas City associate professor Mitch Brian explores the industry’s rebirth, using clips from some of the greatest films of the Vietnam era.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Program: 
6:30 pm

As the Vietnam War escalated in the 1960s, Hollywood was struggling financially and the longtime studio system was collapsing. Into the vacuum stepped a cadre of young filmmakers concerned and affected by the unpopular war. Against a backdrop of political and cultural unrest, a new Hollywood emerged.

Filmmaker, screenwriter, and University of Missouri-Kansas City associate professor Mitch Brian explores the industry’s rebirth, using clips from some of the greatest films of the Vietnam era.
 

(NOTE: This event replaces the scheduled November 2 presentation by Kevin Willmott, Hollywood and the Vietnam War: Films of Protest and Glory, which has been canceled.)


This event is a featured program of the fall 2017 Big Read KC. For more related programs at the Kansas City Public Library, visit kclibrary.org/bigread2017.

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The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.