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Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau,'s Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s PDF

By Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Professor William Brown, Michael DeAngelis, Krin Gabbard, Professor Chris Holmlund, Professor Adam Knee, Professor Christina Lane, Professor Linda Mizejewski, James Morrison, Jerry Mosher

ISBN-10: 0813547598

ISBN-13: 9780813547596

A desirable forged of Eighties energy and talent--John sweet, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Sally box, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Lange, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sissy Spacek, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, and the "Brat Pack"—stars within the drama of this decade. Acting for America makes a speciality of the best way those movie icons have engaged in and outlined a few significant problems with cultural and social quandary to the US through the 1980s.

Scholars using a number of necessary techniques discover how those motion picture stars' movies converse to an elevated viewers knowledge of advances in feminism, new principles approximately masculinity, and the complicated political surroundings within the Age of Reagan. The essays reveal the variety of those stars' contributions to such conversations in quite a few motion pictures, together with blockbusters and significant genres.

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Throughout this ordeal, Stallone’s demeanor often resembles that of a sleepwalker. Some critics would argue that his lack of affect during these scenes simply reveals his inability to act, but his behavior is also a credible imitation of someone suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. His stoical manner also follows the popular Hollywood model of American masculinity that suffers in silence. Despite his manly ability to withstand pain, Rambo’s character endures humiliations that subtly undermine his traditional masculinity.

The Capone role therefore fits into a thematic whole in De Niro’s performances, going back to Bickle’s psychotic delusion that the blood bath he initiates would restore law and order, a critique that Scorsese underscores visually with the Hitchcockian bird’seye view of the results of Bickle’s violence and that De Palma invokes when we look down upon Capone in the first scene in which he appears. The seven roles from De Niro’s 1980s films discussed here develop this critique of the outlaw hero established in Taxi Driver in various contexts.

Men feeling like cogs in the corporate machine,” who find “conspicuous consumption . . hardly a compensation” (176). Kimmel attributes the large amount of “men’s liberation” literature published in the 1970s to the 28 AARON BAKER Colorful clothing in Falling in Love. Copyright Paramount Pictures, 1984. presence in American society of “many men . . living lives of quiet desperation—working in boring and unfulfilling jobs, trapped in unhappy marriages with little or no relationship with their children” (185).

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