Jon Lewis's Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture is his most recent in a series of studies focused on postwar Hollywood in its many aspects—from the market for teen movies to the auteurist renaissance, from the pornographic film industry to the true-crime stories haunting Hollywood—and hence it is fitting that he would utilize a study of the counterculture to put all these aspects in a single frame. In this respect his case studies are logical: the copula of biker B-movies and European art cinema (Easy Rider and Zabriskie Point), which brought together the low and high appeals to youth culture; the rejection of Hollywood celebrity-as-usual modeled by the truncated film career of Christopher Jones; the variations on feminist self-creation embodied by Jean Seberg, Jane Fonda, Dolores Hart, and Barbara Loden; and the apocalyptic narrative of the Manson Family that some observers—Joan Didion, for one—have insisted both...
Review: Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture, by Jon Lewis
JEFF MENNE is Professor of Screen Studies at Oklahoma State University. He has written two books on New Hollywood—Francis Ford Coppola (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Post-Fordist Cinema: Hollywood Auteurs and the Corporate Counterculture (Columbia University Press, 2019)—and is currently preparing The Avant-Garde University, a study of experimental film and media in the postwar university.
Jeff Menne; Review: Road Trip to Nowhere: Hollywood Encounters the Counterculture, by Jon Lewis. California History 1 February 2024; 101 (1): 70–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ch.2024.101.1.70
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