On June 24 1967, Pauline Kael – not yet established at the New Yorker where she would emerge as one of the most influential film critics in America – wrote a long essay for the New Republic singing the praises of the then under-appreciated Orson Welles and his new under-seen film, Chimes at Midnight. “Like Brando, Welles is always being attacked for not having fulfilled his prodigious promise; but who has ever beaten the mass culture fly-by-night system of econom
MidCenturyCinema is dedicated to the analysis and appreciation of the movies, in particular the films and filmmakers of the middle of the twentieth century (1941-1979), with an emphasis on America, France and Britain, and a special interest in the “New Hollywood” films produced between 1967 and 1976. But the range of interests implied by both “the seventies film” and “mid-century” more generally is quite broad. Forefathers and descendants, inspirations and legacies, and arguments and controversies stretch freely across the decades and the continents.
This site features two active platforms. One is for news and commentary, the other, “50 years ago this week,” revisits and engages the milestones and turning points of the New Hollywood as they occurred a half century ago. MidCenturyCinema also features access to my writings on film, and a set of links that should be of interest to those who share the passions reflected on these pages.