By Douglas Kellner, Stephen Prince
In the course of the Nineteen Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense adjustments. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves again grabbed large sales for the studios. even as, the expansion of domestic video resulted in new and inventive possibilities for self sustaining movie construction, leading to a number of the decade's top movies. either huge- and small-scale filmmakers answered to the social, political, and cultural stipulations of the time. The two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan spawned a brand new chilly battle with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood movie either embraced and critiqued. additionally in this time, Hollywood introduced a long-awaited cycle of flicks concerning the Vietnam struggle, exploring its impression either at domestic and overseas. yet technology fiction remained the era's most well liked style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions. Bringing jointly unique essays through ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the Eighties examines the movies that marked the last decade, together with traditional humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, best Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly appeal, Die demanding, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape .
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American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations (Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema) by Douglas Kellner, Stephen Prince