Cinema: Alley-Oof!

CAVEMAN

Directed by Carl Gottlieb Screenplay by Rudy DeLuca and Carl Gottlieb

For dozens of young Hollywood moviemakers, happiness is being paid to mount elaborate tributes to the guilty pleasures of their youth. Horror comic books, low-budget melodramas, early rock 'n' roll—the trinity of '50s trash —have received the pop-cultural imprimatur from canny directors and writers who see their task as dynamiting the citadel of middle-class tastefulness. Energy is the password, anarchy the politics.

These are the movies your parents warned you to avoid. Now they are the movies keeping the New Hollywood alive.

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