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.
Title: The Films of the Eighties: A Social History
Edition: First Trade Paperback Printing
Publisher: USA, Southern Illinois University Press: 1995
ISBN Number: 0809320290
ISBN Number 13: 9780809320295
Binding: Card Wrappers
Book Condition: As New
Type: Trade Paperback
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Seller ID: 19409
Description: "This is an absolute must read for all interested in film and its relationship to culture and society." The author examines more than 300 films as texts that represent, revise, parody, commment upon and generate discussion about major events, issues, and social trends of the eighties. xv, 335pp, photo illustrated. An 'as new' copy - bright, fresh and unmarked. Tight, square binding, sound hinges, no spine creasing. Unpacked weight, 623g. We ship Worldwide, at cost, using both Canada Post and the United States Postal Service, and offer postal charges without overcharging. Canadian domestic postal rates rise with weight, size and distance; Rates to the USA calculated by weight alone as per the USPS. World rates based on specific destination and weight. Online estimates may not be correct and additional postage may be required for Canadian and Overseas shipments, but not usually to the USA.
Keywords: FILM MOTION PICTURES 1980s