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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... Oliver Stone's film Salvador ( 1986 ) , its impact and meaning also based on striking photographic images , appeared . But Stone's images , which feed Salvador's pace and pull together its long passages of political exposition ...
The rhetoric of Gordon Gekko's deal making is violent and bloodthirsty and seems to emanate more appropriately from the grunts in director Oliver Stone's previous film Platoon than from a suspendered , manicured , and slicked - back ...
Peter Blauner in New York , 8 December 1986 , writes that in Platoon Oliver Stone “ has gone after a lean , terrifyingly real vision of war , one that audiences will find hard to shake . ” Stanley Kauffman ( New Republic , 19 January ...
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