American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations (Screen by Douglas Kellner, Stephen Prince

By Douglas Kellner, Stephen Prince

Through the Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense changes. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves again grabbed large sales for the studios. even as, the expansion of domestic video ended in new and inventive possibilities for self sustaining movie construction, leading to the various decade's most sensible motion pictures. either huge- and small-scale filmmakers replied to the social, political, and cultural stipulations of the time. The two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan spawned a brand new chilly struggle with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood movie either embraced and critiqued. additionally in this time, Hollywood introduced a long-awaited cycle of flicks concerning the Vietnam battle, exploring its impression either at domestic and in another country. yet technology fiction remained the era's preferred style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions. Bringing jointly unique essays through ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the Nineteen Eighties examines the flicks that marked the last decade, together with usual humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, best Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly appeal, Die challenging, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape .

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In its conclusion this film is less successful than Coal Miner’s Daughter. Sissy’s fiercely independent drive to ride the mechanical bull simply drops out of the plot. We are left knowing that Bud has won the bull-riding contest, has thwarted Wes’s attempted robbery of Gilley’s, and has his girl back. ” In a muffled line as the two embrace, with the camera on her face, we hear Bud mumble, “You can ride the damn bull . ” In a classic Hollywood romance, the triumph of love is enough. But it covers up some hard-edged social issues—the poverty and unemployment in rural Texas, the plastic sterility of lives in a trailer camp, and the reality of an environment where men may drink too much and compensate for a sense of inadequacy with violence against women—and also some unanswered questions: Is love all that matters?

On 8 December, a month after the former actor and governor of California was elected president, John Lennon was fatally shot outside his home at The Dakota apartment building in New York City. For millions of his mourning fans, it was as if the sixties had ended all over again. ” The revelation that the shooter was a glamorous, emotionally unstable woman may have had no particular significance, but overall it was a year in which strong female characters made a notable impact. The election dominated the year’s news, and the results reflected several growing trends.

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