The Films of the Eighties: A Social History
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993 - 335 pages
In this remarkable sequel to his Films of the Seventies: A Social History, William J. Palmer examines more than three hundred films as texts that represent, revise, parody, comment upon, and generate discussion about major events, issues, and social trends of the eighties.
Palmer defines the dialectic between film art and social history, taking as his theoretical model the "holograph of history" that originated from the New Historicist theories of Hayden White and Dominick LaCapra. Combining the interests and methodologies of social history and film criticism, Palmer contends that film is a socially conscious interpreter and commentator upon the issues of contemporary social history. In the eighties, such issues included the war in Vietnam, the preservation of the American farm, terrorism, nuclear holocaust, changes in Soviet-American relations, neoconservative feminism, and yuppies.
Among the films Palmer examines are Platoon, The Killing Fields, The River, Out of Africa, Little Drummer Girl, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Silkwood, The Day After, Red Dawn, Moscow on the Hudson, Troop Beverly Hills, and Fatal Attraction. Utilizing the principles of New Historicism, Palmer demonstrates that film can analyze and critique history as well as present it.
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Finally , the social problem , heavily exploited by the American media , of the time - bomb potential for street and ... All of this movie exploitation of the stereotypes of the Vietnam veteran culminated in the Rambomania of 1985–86 .
Thus there is a diversity of thematic perspective within these " coming home ” films of the comic book phase , but with a few exceptions ( The Stunt Man , Birdy , The Killing Fields ) , these films stereotype and exploit the image of ...
All of these films indulge in sexual exploitation without ever really exploring it . ... for example , presents a situation in which both female sisterhood and even motherhood are betrayed in the service of sexual exploitation .
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