‘Youth Division’ with Larry Karaszewski

The American Cinematheque Show

Episode 1

In the American Cinematheque Show’s first episode, screenwriter Larry Karaszewski and host Grant Moninger travel back to 1971, where news faces were beginning to shake up Hollywood, film canisters were mysteriously arriving filled with questionable substances, and independent film was hitting its very first peak. The duo takes us on a tour through the five films (THE LAST MOVIE, THE HIRED HAND, TWO-LANE BLACKTOP, DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE & TAKING OFF) that Universal produced through studio executive Ned Tanen’s unofficial “youth division” in the wake of the explosive success of EASY RIDER.

Featuring exclusive interviews from the Cinematheque’s archive with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Verna Bloom, Monte Hellman, Richard Benjamin, and Buck Henry, this episode offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the early New Hollywood culture and explores what it meant for these young filmmakers and actors to receive suddenly an unprecedented amount of creative freedom.

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About the American Cinematheque Show

The American Cinematheque Show is the official podcast of the American Cinematheque, the Los Angeles-based, member-supported film nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and celebrate the experience of cinema as a moving art form. The podcast offers listeners in-depth explorations of diverse film topics and features interviews with special guests, as well as exclusive content from the Cinematheque’s vast spanning archive of Q&As recorded live at Cinematheque screenings and events. Hosted by American Cinematheque film programmer Grant Moninger.

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