Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan . . . and Beyond

Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan . . . and Beyond

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This classic of film criticism, long considered invaluable for its eloquent study of a problematic period in film history, is now substantially updated and revised by the author to include chapters beyond the Reagan era and into the twenty-first century. For the new edition, Robin Wood has written a substantial new preface that explores the interesting double context within which the book can be read-that in which it was written and that in which we find ourselves today. Among the other additions to this new edition are a celebration of modern "screwball" comedies like My Best Friend's Wedding, and an analysis of '90s American and Canadian teen movies in the vein of American Pie, Can't Hardly Wait, and Rollercoaster. Also included are a chapter on Hollywood today that looks at David Fincher and Jim Jarmusch (among others) and an illuminating essay on Day of the Dead.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 160.53 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 553.38g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • A Revised and Expanded Edition of the Classic Text
  • 023112967X
  • 9780231129671
  • 677,594

Table of contents

Prologue 2003 1. Cards on the Table 2. The Chase: Flashback, 1965 3. Smart-Ass and Cutie-Pie: Notes Toward the Evaluation of Altman (1975) 4. The Incoherent Text: Narrative in the 70s 5. The American Nightmare: Horror in the 70s 6. Normality and Monsters: The Films of Larry Cohen and George Romero 7. Brian De Palma: The Politics of Castration 8. Papering the Cracks: Fantasy and Ideology in the Reagan Era 9. Horror in the 80s 10. Images and Women 11. From Buddies to Lovers 12. Two Films by Martin Scorsese 13. Two Films by Michael Cimino 14. Day of the Dead: The Woman's Nightmare 15. On and Around My Best Friend's Wedding 16. Teens, Parties, and Rollercoasters: A Genre of the 90s 17. Hollywood Today: Is an Oppositional Cinema Possible? Bibliography Index
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Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan... and Beyond is one of the most impressive demonstrations by a film critic that 'to be political is to avoid the trivial.'... Wood's writing is rich, eloquent, and illuminating. If our culture is indeed facing the possibility of imminent extinction, his is an essential contribution to it. Film Comment "Extremely valuable... Offers the first large-scale interpretation of a period of Hollywood (and independent) filmmaking that presents the serious moral, psychological, and historical issues at stake." American Film New to this edition are Wood's gutsy defenses of My Best Friend's Wedding and Heaven's Gate, discussions of Hollywood today and teen party pictures like American Pie, and an essay on Day of the Dead... recommended. Library Journal Wood's commentary-blending scholarly insight with a personal tone, knowledgeable about theory but not obscure, always interested in gender and sexuality but not overwhelmed by that interest-will engage students at all levels of preparation in film studies. Choice Robin Wood is a serious and important writer, and this is a serious and important book... [A] wonderful collection of essays. Film International
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About Robin Wood

Robin Wood is a founding editor of CineAction and author of Hitchcock's Films Revisited (Revised Edition, Columbia, 2002) and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film (Columbia, 1998). He is professor emeritus at York University and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema Studies.
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