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By Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince

ISBN-10: 0813540348

ISBN-13: 9780813540344

Throughout the Nineteen Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense variations. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves again grabbed large sales for the studios. on the comparable time, the expansion of domestic video resulted in new and inventive possibilities for self sustaining movie construction, leading to the various decade's top movies. either huge- and small-scale filmmakers spoke back to the social, political, and cultural stipulations of the time. The two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan spawned a brand new chilly warfare with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood movie either embraced and critiqued. additionally in this time, Hollywood introduced a long-awaited cycle of movies concerning the Vietnam struggle, exploring its influence either at domestic and out of the country. yet technology fiction remained the era's such a lot well known style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions.

Bringing jointly unique essays by means of ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the Nineteen Eighties examines the movies that marked the last decade, together with usual humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, best Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly appeal, Die difficult, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape.

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The revelation that the shooter was a glamorous, emotionally unstable woman may have had no particular significance, but overall it was a year in which strong female characters made a notable impact. The election dominated the year’s news, and the results reflected several growing trends. A study from UCLA and the American Council on Education indicated that management was the most popular undergraduate major and that college freshmen were interested in status, power, and money more than at any time during the preceding fifteen years.

Smart, efficient Violet (Tomlin), a widowed mother of four who can fix a garage door opener and smokes pot with one of her sons, has been with the company for many years but is always passed over for promotion by men she helped to train. Sexy, safely married Doralee (Parton) puts up with her boss’s advances only because she needs the job. Frank Hart talks in clichés about the value of teamwork in business but resists any hint of unionization. He’s sorry “the girls” never got to play football or baseball because playing a sport is the best place to learn about teamwork.

Up until now I’ve been forgiving and forgetting because of the way I was brought up, 1980 — MOVIES AND THE NEW WOMAN 33 but I’ll tell you one thing: If you say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I’m gonna get that gun of mine and I’m gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot. With the Equal Rights Amendment such a hot issue, Nine to Five was timely. It was released in December, after Reagan’s election, and it advocated many of the employment reforms that had been campaign topics, such as flex time and job sharing programs, day care in the workplace, and equal opportunity and pay not only for women but for other minorities as well, including the handicapped.

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