Film Studies 1022 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Studio System, Femininity, Heterosexuality

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“This Road Will Never”: My Own Private Idaho and
New Queer Cinema 2016-03-01
In the early 1980s, this major conservative political force in the US,
dominates the political landscape
Ronald Reagan, traditional and conservative values.
oAnti-russian, anti-communist movement
oBusiness friendly president, he had no time for riff raff.
oIn his reign the rich got richer and the poor got poorer
oMistreatment of minorities (e.g. African-american men). They
were incarcerated in huge numbers.
oIt was a time when aids appeared and his administration
dismissed it and portrayed it as a gay disease rather than
treating it like the epidemic it was.
oHis administration also encouraged censorship in music,
movies and video games. Depiction of sexuality and violence
were deemed damaging to youth. Musicians had absurd
lawsuits against them.
oHe was deeply immersed in the film culture.
He was a semi-popular actor (was in law and order in
1953)
Maintained those connections to Hollywood when he
was president
oRemoved restrictions on media ownership (one company
owns many media outlets)
oIn the 80’s, American movies became a lot less political and a
lot less critical of the government
It was a way to say thank you
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. – Gordon Gekko (Michael
Douglas) in Wall Street.
80s were known for corporate greed.
Films in the 80s
Lots of franchises and sequels
Initiated by films like Star Wars and Jaws and the success they had.
Teen comedies – The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Slasher Films – Friday the 13th
Action – The Terminator, lots of Stallone and Arnold S
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