On April 22, 2017 Jack Nicholson turned eighty, and although he has been a big-time, world famous, larger-than-life movie star for over a third of a century, he holds a revered place at Mid Century Cinema for an earlier phase of his career. After ten years of struggle, at the end of which he was on the cusp of abandoning acting altogether, Nicholson put forth a body of work in the decade that followed which stands up to comparison with any ten year stretch by an actor in the history of cinema.
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.