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 lower than President invoice Clinton and the chilly battle eventually over, many americans skilled peace and prosperity within the nineties. electronic applied sciences received reputation, with approximately a thousand million humans on-line via the tip of the last decade. The movie questioned what the impact on cinema will be.

The essays in American Cinema of the Nineteen Nineties study the big-budget blockbusters and significantly acclaimed self sustaining motion pictures that outlined the last decade. The Nineteen Nineties' preferred style, motion, channeled anxieties approximately international threats similar to AIDS and overseas terrorist assaults into escapist leisure videos. Horror motion pictures and thrillers have been at the upward thrust, yet family-friendly photos and feel-good romances netted massive audiences too. in the meantime, self sufficient movies captured hearts, engaged minds, and invaded Hollywood: via decade's finish each studio boasted its personal ''art film'' associate.

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The real-life international hero of the year was Nelson Mandela, jailed for twenty-seven years in South Africa because of his militancy against that country’s apartheid policies. His release in February marked the beginning of a new era for South Africa and the triumph of Mandela’s endurance; he had repeatedly refused conditional releases that would have limited his political clout. Most Americans had found apartheid repugnant because of its clear demarcations of racial privilege. More difficult to acknowledge was racial privilege closer to home, as the Charles Stuart case illustrated.

There were no fewer than three Free Willy’s (1993, 1995, 1997), two Toy Story’s (1995 and 1999), and three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s (1990, 1991, 1993). Fueled by right-wing trumpeting of “family values” and our newfound love of CGI (computer generated imagery) effects, family friendly films did very well in the 1990s. Disney had several hits, including Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), and The Lion King (1994). From 1995 on, CGI features like Toy Story became tremendously popular.

In the tragic third act of the Corleone epic, family power slips to its exoticized dark Other, played by a star who can “pass” as Italian but who also represents the ambiguous racial history of Italian Americans. The Vincent character is an implosive force, embodying both the arbitrary definitions of race and the racial weight of the legitimacy issues surrounding the gangster. 1990 — MOVIES AND THE OFF-WHITE GANGSTER ■■■■■■■■■■ 33 Real Men, Black Phantasms The year’s gangster film that most blatantly sets up the racial question in relation to sexuality and masculinity is Goodfellas, a film that “brings the gangster down to the level of ordinary greed-is-good suburban America,” as reviewer Gilberto Perez put it (190).

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