chapter  1
Theses on the philosophy of Hollywood history
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Since the 1960s, there has been a proliferation of terms designating more-or-Iess fundamental shifts in the nature - and thus the appropriate periodization - of Hollywood cinema: the New Hollywood, the New New Hollywood, postclassicism, and more indirectly, post-Fordism and postmodernism. And before these terms came into currency, critics had already noted what they saw as significant shifts in the nature of American filmmaking through terms which have since fallen out of use - Manny Farber's 'New Movie', for example, or the 'maximized' cinema posited by Lawrence Alloway to encompass the period 1946--64. Many of the contributors to this volume assume, argue or imply that the classical Hollywood cinema of the studio era has been partly transformed or wholly superseded.