Amelie Hastie's column thinks through representations of the 1970s on film through an examination of two contemporary films: Battle of the Sexes (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2017) and The Center Will Not Hold (Griffin Dunne, 2017). She concludes that Somewhere between the jingle-jangle of nonsense and the sentimentality of a linear narrative lies the 1970s, the time of her childhood, the time to which she had never wanted to return but which she now finds herself trying to grasp, over and again. The films about and of this period implore her to continue.
The Vulnerable Spectator: The Jingle-Jangle of History
Amelie Hastie has recently contributed essays on teaching film and television to Cine-Files and Flow. The author of two books on women and film history, Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection and Film History (Duke University Press, 2007) and The Bigamist (BFI Film Classics, 2009), she is now completing a volume on the 1970s television series Columbo (forthcoming from Duke University Press). She is Professor and current Chair of Film and Media Studies at Amherst College.
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Amelie Hastie; The Vulnerable Spectator: The Jingle-Jangle of History. Film Quarterly 1 March 2018; 71 (3): 65–71. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2018.71.3.65
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