The maverick spirit that defined the New Hollywood of the 1970s resulted in a wave of fascinating, wild, and often way-out-there science-fiction head trips that carried on the radical experimentation of the sixties while paving the way for the blockbuster boom of the eighties. It was during this decade that directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and George Miller pushed the boundaries of the genre with visionary space operas, chilling dystopian freak-outs, and mind-bending speculative thrillers that examined the era’s anxieties about technology, consumerism, overpopulation, and environmental collapse. From genre-defining landmarks like A Clockwork Orange and Mad Max to cult classics like Westworld and Rollerball to unclassifiable oddities like God Told Me To and A Boy and His Dog, this expansive survey offers a deep dive into a uniquely fertile moment when filmmakers gazed towards the future with awe and terror.
Directed by Norman Jewison • 1975 • United Kingdom
Starring James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams
The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only . . . the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric “sport” keeps the masses enterta...
Directed by David Cronenberg • 1975 • Canada
Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry
Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has spent much of his career mining our fears about sex, technology, and corporeal existence, but this breakout feature is perhaps the most shocking of all his body-horror ...
Directed by George Miller • 1979 • Australia
Starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Filled with eye-popping stunts and charged with adrenaline, George Miller’s action classic MAD MAX proved wildly influential in its vision of a ruthless postapocalyptic future. Terrorizing innocent ...