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By Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince

Through 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 sufficient movie construction, leading to a few of the decade's top motion pictures. 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 battle 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 in another country. yet technological know-how fiction remained the era's such a lot well known style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions.

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

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