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Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan...and Beyond

by Robin Wood

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This was the best nonfiction book I have read in recent memory. It is everything I could hope criticism to be. Insightful without being convoluted, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan makes you love the films you love even more, reconsider the films you thought you hated, and see all of (Hollywood) cinema in a whole new light. I might change a few prose choices, but hey, its his book not mine. I could also take a swing at the low hanging fruit; i.e., constitutional bisexuality being the source of the tension in Raging Bull but much like Woods’ own magnanimous passover on attacks of classical narrative, I'll just let that one go. Besides, I’m still thinking about that chapter and now desperately want to see that movie again. This book was inspiring and gives me a small flicker of hope in an otherwise sick/sad world. I read it slowly because I loved it so much and didn't want it to end.

Here’s to you Robin Wood. ( )
  librarianbryan | Apr 23, 2013 |
Good film criticism, some very good, blended with the author's exclusive brand of radical politics which he seems to think is the world's only hope.
  Muscogulus | Jul 29, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 023112967X, Paperback)

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 and into the twenty-first century. For the new edition, Robin Wood has written a substantial new preface that explores the interesting double context within which the book can be read-that in which it was written and that in which we find ourselves today. Among the other additions to this new edition are a celebration of modern "screwball" comedies like My Best Friend's Wedding, and an analysis of '90s American and Canadian teen movies in the vein of American Pie, Can't Hardly Wait, and Rollercoaster. Also included are a chapter on Hollywood today that looks at David Fincher and Jim Jarmusch (among others) and an illuminating essay on Day of the Dead.

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