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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15 The Nuclear War Film Texts B ARRY MCGUIRE's 1969 folk song “ Eve of Destruction " bemoans one side of the nuclear issue in its description of the most basic “ cold war ” fear , while Colonel Whitacre's ( John Heard ) speech in the ...
In the wake of the near disaster of Three Mile Island and the real disaster of Chernobyl , expensive half - completed nuclear power plants in Indiana and California were abandoned in a backlash of nuclear fear . Thus nuclear destruction ...
Listen - nuclear warthose stiff , brash , trite , everyday syllables . I want to scream it : Nuclear war ! Where's the terror in this world ? Scream it : Nuclear war ! Take a stand and keep screaming : Nuclear war ! Nuclear war !
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