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Universal in the '70s: Part One

January 25 to February 17

Starting with executive Ned Tanen’s storied “youth division”, responsible for financing work like Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie, Peter Fonda’s The Hired Hand, and Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop, all released in 1971, and continuing through the decade, no studio so completely embraced New Hollywood’s anything-goes spirit of upheaval and high-wire experiment as did Universal. In this visionary decade, Universal fostered young upstarts like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, imported Miloš Forman for his U.S. debut, and gave a free hand to old pros like Hitchcock and Don Siegel (and his understudy Clint Eastwood). In these more tepid times, Universal’s track record provides a shining, necessary example of what a studio with conviction can do.

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