This year’s Retrospective is expecting five outstanding protagonists from “New Hollywood Cinema” each of whom were heavily involved in this period in their own way: Peter Davis, Peter Fonda, William Greaves, Monte Hellman and Melvin Van Peebles.
Like nobody else, “Easy Rider” actor Peter Fonda personified an entire generation’s new attitude toward life while also taking on symbolic proportions as the modern American outlaw. He has also produced and directed his own films.
Monte Hellman’s laconic westerns and road movies are characteristic of how traditional screen myths were reformulated.
With his documentary Hearts and Minds (1974) Peter Davis represents the critical appraisal of US politics in New Hollywood films.
Melvin Van Peeble’s Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1970/71) became a cult classic in the black community and established its director as an advocate for Afro-American self-conception and identity.
William Greaves reflected in Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One (1967-71) on his own work as director: a self-referential moment, typical for American cinema of the 1960s and 1970s.
Events associated with the Retrospective will be held at the Filmmuseum Berlin from February 6 – 14, at 6 pm daily. On February 9 Monte Hellman will be a guest of the Retrospective and speak with Romuald Karmakar about his experiences as an independent filmmaker; on February 12 Jan Schütte will talk with sound designer Walter Murch (The Godfather, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now), whose most recent work – Minghella’s Cold Mountain – will open the Berlinale; on February 13 the political dimensions of cinema will be the topic of a discussion with director Peter Davis. Additional dates and discussions can be found in the attached schedule.
In conjunction with the Retrospective a comprehensive book has been published which also includes detailed information about the Retrospective guests.
February 5, 2004