In today’s class, we discuss how the 1968 Academy Awards ceremony signaled a seismic shift for filmmaking in the United States. No longer were the studios and their big-budget, something-for-everyone the focus of the industry and the audience. Instead, many factors converged to make this change possible. Some of the factors include rising social upheaval in the United States, the fall of the Production Code, the influence of European filmmakers, and the rise of a younger audience desiring something different.
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