I’m always fascinated by books or films that manage to perfectly capture that very palpable sense of time and place - they’re so perfectly in tune and in touch with the zeitgeist or “vibe” of the time period that they’re dealing with that they’re practically time machines. When you read or watch them, you can really touch, feel, and taste that moment in time.
What books or films do you think really capture the era that they deal with in this way? I’m especially interested to hear dopers weigh in on eras or moments that they experienced firsthand. For example, I’ve always felt that the book/film The Ice Storm and the film The Last Days of Disco truly capture “the seventies,” though I was born in 1980, so I’m really not sure if that’s true or if they simply present such an exaggerated, intentionally “of the times” vibe that’s in line with the other “seventies” books, TV shows, and films I’ve seen that they appear to be legitimately in tune with their era.
All right, lay them out! Feel free to get specific ("this movie perfectly captures the re-emerging cowboy culture of the late seventies/early eighties - Urban Cowboy) or as general (Annie Hall is about as “the seventies” as it gets) as you like.