John Whitehead, film professor at Wheeling Jesuit University, will return to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday, September 27 at noon to present “The New Hollywood.” In this introduction to the 5th season of the Wheeling Film Society, Whitehead will revisit 1967, the dawn of a new era of Hollywood movie-making. By 1967, the Golden Age of Hollywood, which had ruled international pop culture since the 1920s, was exhausted. The old studio system still cranked out epics, but they were more likely to be notorious disasters like Cleopatra (1963) than blockbusters like The Sound of Music (1964). A new culture – what we know as the Sixties Revolution – was emerging beyond the walls of the studios. The Baby-Boom generation was now old enough to buy its own movie tickets, and they wanted to see something new. In this introduction to a special anniversary season of the Wheeling Film Society, we’ll time-travel 50 years to revisit 1967 – the year that gave us Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Summer of Love, and the dawn of a new era of Hollywood movie-making. The program will introduce the Wheeling Film Society’s fifth annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films. Season five will focus on the unifying theme of the 50th anniversary of the New Hollywood, when the old Studio System crumbled and a new generation of filmmakers, including Arthur Penn, Mike Nichols, Francis Ford Coppola, and eventually Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas became the artistic heart of American filmmaking. John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood (2011) and Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation (2014) will serve as host for the screenings and conversations. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided. Call the library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s web site at http://www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.