Do movies shape your opinions?How do you feel about crime and gun control, the homeless crisis, the AIDS epidemic, or the aging of America? If Purdue University Purdue University (pərdy`, -d`), main campus at West Lafayette, Ind. English professor William J. Palmer's studies of the 1970s and 1980s hold true, movies will have a big influence on your opinions about those hot issues during the 1990s. "People in mass society get their sense of history from the way it's portrayed in movies," he maintains.
"How do Americans interpret history? Do they get it from historians? Some do. Do they get if f rom the news? Some do. Do they get if from movies? Certainly they do. I think one of the main sources of history is movies. I'm not certain it's the best source, but certainly it is a main source."
Take the Vietnam War Vietnam War, conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. for example. "America has changed its views of the Vietnam War and veterans of that war. Up until 1977, no one wanted even to talk about Vietnam. From 1977 until 1980, a whole bunch of really good movies about Vietnam came out, and suddenly it was legitimate. Now, it's okay to be a Vietnam vet." Two of the early films that brought about the change in perception were "Apocalypse apocalypse (əpŏk`əlĭps) [Gr.,=uncovering], genre represented in early Jewish and in Christian literature in which the secrets of the heavenly world or of the world to come are revealed by angelic mediation within a narrative Now" and "The Deer Hunter." In 1987, which Palmer calls "the Year of Vietnam" in the motion picture industry. "Platoon" was the first of five major films focusing on the war's experiences. "That was a year of self-examination and reconciliation of history. It was an honest public admission of defeat in a 20-year-old war."
That there were so many films relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc Vietnam leads to another of his conclusions. "Hollywood always has its finger on the pulse of American social history. They write about things that are current; then those things are imitated. And that leads to clusters of films."
Another 1980s cluster dealt with the farming crisis, "Three movies in 1984--`Places in the Heart,' `Country,' and `The River'--really threw high publicity and focus on what was happening to American farmers. The three actresses--Sally Field, Jessica Lange Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress. Biography
Lange, the third of four children, was born in Cloquet, Minnesota to Dorothy Florence Sahlman and Albert John Lange. , and Sissy sis·sy
n. pl. sis·sies
1. A boy or man regarded as effeminate.
2. A person regarded as timid or cowardly.
3. Informal Sister. Spacek--testified before Congress in the farm debate. They actually influenced American farm policy."
Bad guys. too, can give hints about the decade in question. In the 1970s, villains were corporations, as portrayed in "The Formula," "Chinatown," and the "Godfather" movies. By the 1980s, the villains were terrorists. There was international terrorism Noun 1. international terrorism - terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain ("Nighthawks This article is about the painting by Edward Hopper. For other uses, see Nighthawks (disambiguation).
Nighthawks (1942) is a painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people sitting in a downtown diner late at night. ," "The Little Drummer Girl," "Die Hard"); South American government terrorism ("Salvador," "Missing," "Under Fire"); and drug terrorism ("Colors," "Scarface," "Extreme Prejudice").
Palmer notes that films reflected all the issues of the 1980s. "We also saw feminism, nuclear fear, and new racism. We saw the Year of the Baby in 1988 as a result of the second-generation baby boom."