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The Filmmaker’s Handbook: What was the New Hollywood movement

New Hollywood was a movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, starting with "The Graduate" and "Bonnie and Clyde," when studios allowed auteur directors to take creative control.

Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate
One from the Heart
Reds
Mickey One
Barry Lyndon
The Sting
Badlands
A Woman Under the Influence
Chinatown
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Apocalypse Now
The Dirty Dozen
American Graffiti
Catch-22
Don’t Look Back

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In “Taxi Driver,” what are the existentialist themes

One of the most common elements in the works of existentialism is the theme of isolation and self-loathing. In "Taxi Driver" (1976), Travis Bickle (played by Robert DeNiro), a socially awkward and mentally unstable Vietnam veteran spends his sleepless nights driving a New York City cab. Bickle resembles the existential hero in that he cannot summon normal emotions about day-to-day events and is often extremely isolated; “loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s only man,” the antihero states.