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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... Salvador . Kelly never does figure out what is going on . Chaos truly does reign in El Salvador from the highest echelons to the streets . Upon that chaos the control terrorism of the death squads thrives . They offer themselves as a ...
... Salvador is a " heavy heart of darknesss trip . " 17 Unlike Under Fire it does not freeze and then step back to analyze its images . Salvador's images are immediate and powerful in their killing realism . Salvador's images are meant to ...
... Salvador , and Missing , The Situation is a two - year record of a group of free - lance American journalists who cover the death squad terrorism in El Salvador and then are threatened by the control government when the events they film ...
The Vietnam War as Film Text
The Coming Home Films
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