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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... fact and realism , Hollywood ( a generic term for the film industry ) is usually quite reactive and timely in its handling of social history . Since the New Historicists have presented their arguments that historical " fact " is much ...
... fact rather than after the fact . Even that movie spinoff industry of the rock video participated . The video for The Rolling Stones ' " Under Cover of the Night " presented in four minutes a history of totalitarianism in a South ...
... fact - checker at Gotham magazine . The coke , the late nights , the guilt , and insecurity of his yuppie lifestyle are all blurring his ability to see the facts both on the job and in his own life . In his job performance , Jamie ...
The Vietnam War as Film Text
The Coming Home Films
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