In today’s imagination, 1968 is remembered as a year cloaked in the ethos of subversion—one characterised by the ubiquity of home-owned television sets, generational divide, and images of war, assassination, and protest. This social context ostensibly influenced film, including its reception and its production. Political unrest in France lead to the cancelation of Cannes Film Festival. In Hollywood, studio moguls who oversaw the Golden Age were made obsolete. Due to the official abolition of the Hays Code, 1968 saw the directorial independence and creativity that was to define the 1970s. Indeed, the films of 1968 paved the way for the modern auteur; they served as a cultural barometer of Western discontent.

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