Past Event


A Road Scholar Program by Alan Wenzel

The 1960s was a decade of social, political, and cultural upheaval in the United States and was also a tumultuous time for Hollywood. A series of changes within the movie industry that began in the 1950s and continued through the following decade resulted in a different kind of movie being made by the end of the 1960s.

The movies of 1967, in particular, reflected the culmination of forces at work in the American entertainment industry that would forever change films made in the United States. This presentation by Alan Wenzel examines three significant movies from 1967 that illustrated the social ferment of the time and shaped the future of Hollywood films: In the Heat of the Night, The Graduate, and Bonnie and Clyde, all of which have connections to Illinois.

By understanding the significant changes set in motion by these films of 1967, one can appreciate more fully the types of movies being made by today’s Hollywood filmmakers.

This event is Free and Open to the public.

For more information, please contact Jeanne Greenwalt,