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Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan... and Beyond


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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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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. For the new edition, Wood has included a considerable new preface, a chapter celebrating My Best Friend's Wedding, a section on 90s American teen comedies such as American Pie and Can't Hardly Wait, a chapter on Hollywood today that looks at David Fincher and Jim Jarmusch (among others), and a helpful essay on Day of the Dead.

About the Author

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.


"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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