By Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince
In the course of the Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense differences. 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 artistic possibilities for self sufficient movie construction, leading to a number of the decade's top motion pictures. 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 struggle with the Soviet Union, which Hollywood movie either embraced and critiqued. additionally in this time, Hollywood introduced a long-awaited cycle of movies in regards to the Vietnam conflict, exploring its effect either at domestic and overseas. yet technology fiction remained the era's so much renowned 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 traditional humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, most sensible Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly allure, Die not easy, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape.
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Perhaps the genre’s perceived lack of credibility led to the decline in the quality of gangster ﬁlms during the decade. Many ﬁlmmakers parodied the genre in various ways in ﬁlms such as City Heat (1984), Johnny Dangerously (1984), Wise Guys (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). By contrast, directors overseas were using the genre in a far more visionary and imaginative way in pictures like The Long Good Friday (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), A Better Tomorrow (1986), and The Killer (1989).
This may have had an impact on some of Hollywood’s production cycles contesting the claims and policies of the Reagan administration, particularly as Reagan’s politics inclined increasingly to the right of mainstream Hollywood in the intervening years. One of the most important administration policies dealt with war and revolution in Central America. Grinding poverty faced by farmers and peasants and a huge concentration of wealth among the landowning class ignited ﬁres of political rebellion in Guatemala and El Salvador and brought a revolutionary government to power in Nicaragua.
The top issues for voters were the economy, jobs, the reputation of the United States around the world, and the hostage crisis in Iran. 20 a gallon, interest rates were as high as 22 percent, and unemployment was about 7 percent. Ronald Reagan’s famous rhetorical ﬂourish in his 28 October debate with incumbent president Jimmy Carter summed up why the country would soon turn to him: Are you better off than you were four years ago? Is it easier for you to do and buy things in the stores than it was four years ago?
American Cinema of the 1980s: Themes and Variations (Screendecades) by Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince