American Cinema of the 1990s: Themes and Variations by Christine Holmlund PDF

By Christine Holmlund

ISBN-10: 0813543657

ISBN-13: 9780813543659

ISBN-10: 0813545781

ISBN-13: 9780813545783

With the U.S. economic climate booming below President invoice Clinton and the chilly struggle eventually over, many americans skilled peace and prosperity within the nineties. electronic applied sciences won recognition, with approximately a thousand million humans on-line through the tip of the last decade. The movie puzzled what the impression on cinema will be.

The essays in American Cinema of the Nineties research the big-budget blockbusters and severely acclaimed self sufficient motion pictures that outlined the last decade. The Nineteen Nineties' most well liked style, motion, channeled anxieties approximately worldwide threats akin to AIDS and international terrorist assaults into escapist leisure video clips. Horror motion pictures and thrillers have been at the upward thrust, yet family-friendly photographs and feel-good romances netted massive audiences too. in the meantime, self sustaining motion pictures captured hearts, engaged minds, and invaded Hollywood: by way of decade's finish each studio boasted its personal ''art film'' associate.

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Dances with Wolves was similarly criticized for making “the Sioux like genial versions of us” (Kael 115). Given national anxieties about crime, it is not surprising that Home Alone was also one of the year’s major hits. At the heart of the film lurks a disturbing narrative—the suburban home turned into a fortress under attack. Similarly, the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy Kindergarten Cop ends 1990 — MOVIES AND THE OFF-WHITE GANGSTER 27 with a bloody shoot-out in an elementary school. In his other film this year, the blockbuster science fiction flick Total Recall, the Schwarzenegger hero faces a riddle of identity: he may or may not be who he thinks he is.

5. MPAA releases were relatively stable from 1995 on, ranging from 212 to 221 films a year (Schauer and Bordwell 231–35). 6. In 1990, the Italian-owned communications company Pathé bought MGM/UA. In 1992, Pathé lost control to the Crédit Lyonnais. Crédit Lyonnais renamed the studio MetroGoldwyn-Mayer (Allen 38). 7. For an engaging and informative read about how a low-budget movie gets produced, see Vachon and Edelman. 8. Although no one knows exactly how many festivals there were by the end of the decade, “it’s possible that an outlandish-sounding New York Times estimate of more than a thousand fests around the world might not be as wild as it seems” (Turan, Sundance 2).

In King of New York, an ambiguous homoerotic subtext flavors the film’s racial dynamics. In Miller’s Crossing, homosexuality is actually included in the plot and is part of the Coen brothers’ ironic homage to the gangster genre and its male-bonding nuances. In both films, a nervous homophobia keeps the male bonding in check. Gaylyn Studlar, drawing on Eve Kosofky Sedgwick, describes the “dialectic between homophobia and homoeroticism” as a strategy in “Hollywood’s fragile negotiation of homoeroticism within gangster-derived depictions of masculinity” (121–23).

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