By Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince
Through the Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense adjustments. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves again grabbed large sales for the studios. on the comparable time, the expansion of domestic video resulted in new and inventive possibilities for self sustaining movie creation, leading to a few of the decade's top movies. 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 warfare, exploring its effect either at domestic and out of the country. yet technology fiction remained the era's such a lot renowned style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions.
Bringing jointly unique essays by means of ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the Nineteen Eighties examines the movies that marked the last decade, together with usual humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, most sensible Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly allure, Die difficult, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape.
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American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations (Screendecades) by Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince