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By Stephen Prince, Stephen Prince

Through the 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. on the similar time, the expansion of domestic video ended in new and inventive possibilities for self reliant movie construction, leading to a few of the decade's top motion pictures. either huge- and small-scale filmmakers replied 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 concerning the Vietnam warfare, exploring its impression either at domestic and overseas. yet technology fiction remained the era's so much 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 usual humans, physique warmth, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, best Gun, extraterrestrial beings, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly charm, Die tough, Batman, and intercourse, lies & videotape.

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