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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... films , women ) are in touch with the land , and urban life , where people move constantly within the control of a machine . The Feminist Farm Crisis Films Harking back to the thirties , the movies of the eighties rediscovered mid ...
... crisis texts to be released . Of the three farm crisis films of 1984 , Places in the Heart is the least polemic , the most metaphoric , and the furthest removed from the realities of the eighties farm crisis . Set in the thirties in ...
... crisis issue faded rather quickly from Hollywood's social consciousness , the way in which these three farm crisis films were presented served as a neoconservative feminist template for other women's issue films of the eighties . This ...
The Vietnam War as Film Text
The Coming Home Films
The Terrorism Film Texts
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