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Establishment is a generalized, mostly negatively used term used by activists and social critics of western societies, which refers to the controlling structures of modern society. The "establishment" is often said to be holding a lock on wealth and societal organization.

In the 1960's and 1970's "The Establishment" became seen as representing restrictive, authoritarian approaches. It was associated with age, as the old fashioned way of doing things, the status quo. --http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Establishment


Anti-establishment is the contrasting views taken towards the conventional social, political and economic principles being used in society. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-establishment, Mar 2004

Anti-establisment film

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

  1. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) - Milos Forman [Amazon US]
    One of the key movies of the 1970s, when exciting, groundbreaking, personal films were still being made in Hollywood, Milos Forman's One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest emphasized the humanistic story at the heart of Ken Kesey's more hallucinogenic novel. Jack Nicholson was born to play the part of Randle Patrick McMurphy, the rebellious inmate of a psychiatric hospital who fights back against the authorities' cold attitudes of institutional superiority, as personified by Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher). It's the classic antiestablishment tale of one man asserting his individuality in the face of a repressive, conformist system--and it works on every level. Forman populates his film with memorably eccentric faces, and gets such freshly detailed and spontaneous work from his ensemble that the picture sometimes feels like a documentary. Unlike a lot of films pitched at the "youth culture" of the 1970s, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest really hasn't dated a bit, because the qualities of human nature that Forman captures--playfulness, courage, inspiration, pride, stubbornness--are universal and timeless. The film swept the Academy Awards for 1976, winning in all the major categories (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay) for the first time since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night in 1931 --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

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