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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Drago turns to the Soviet crowd and screams , “ I win ... for me ! ” Even more ridiculously , after he wins , Rocky delivers a speech that goes directly against the grain of all the previous cold war chauvinism of the film : “ In ...
Robert Ludlum , from whose novel The Osterman Weekend is adapted , and Peckinpah take the cornerstone of suburbia , the TV set , and show how it participates in cold war terrorism . If America and Russia cannot have a shooting war this ...
Russia cold war provides a vehicle for what Little Nikita is really about : how a seventeen - year - old feels when he finds out that his parents are Russian spies who have lied to him all his life . Setting the collision of cold war ...
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