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By Stephen Prince

During the Eighties, American cinema underwent huge, immense modifications. Blockbusters like Raiders of the misplaced Ark, E.T., and The Empire moves Back grabbed large sales for the studios. whilst, the expansion of domestic video resulted in new and artistic possibilities for self reliant movie construction, leading to the various decade's most sensible 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 warfare 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 warfare, exploring its effect either at domestic and overseas. yet technology fiction remained the era's most well-liked style, starting from upbeat fantasies to darkish, dystopic visions.

Bringing jointly unique essays via ten revered students within the box, American Cinema of the 1980s examines the movies that marked the last decade, together with Ordinary People, Body Heat, Blade Runner, Zelig, Platoon, Top Gun, Aliens, Blue Velvet, Robocop, deadly Attraction, Die Hard, Batman, and sex, lies & videotape.

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