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By Film Threat Staff | April 15, 2005

The American Cinematheque presents IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO…THE FILMS OF 1980, at the Aero (April 28 – May 4) and Egyptian (April 14 – 17) Theatres in Los Angeles. At the quarter century mark, it’s a good time to take a closer look at a watershed year that saw mainstream Hollywood in full force with mega-hit comedies (THE BLUES BROTHERS), horror films (FRIDAY THE 13th) and a terrific, much-anticipated sequel (STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) to one of the most successful films of all time. At the other end of the spectrum, 1980 also fostered the nascent American indie film scene with movies such as director John Sayles THE RETURN OF THE SECAUCUS 7 and Jonathan Demme’s wildly offbeat MELVIN AND HOWARD. And before anyone says the creative explosion of the New Hollywood had died out, there’s Martin Scorsese’s towering masterpiece RAGING BULL and David Lynch’s eerie, heartbreaking THE ELEPHANT MAN.
For more info, visit the American Cinemathque website.

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