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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But second , though the farm 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 ...
When New York actor Michael Dorsey ( Dustin Hoffman ) becomes a woman to get a part in a TV soap opera ... Michael Dorsey also learns about how ordinary women who watch TV soap operas- the neoconservative silent majority — long for ...
patronizing toward women , not to mention blatantly sexist in its camera work ? Pauline Kael notices this problem that begins with the film's “ double entendre title ” and proceeds to the camera's consistent catching of Tess “ in black ...
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