Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s by Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau,

By Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Professor William Brown, Michael DeAngelis, Krin Gabbard, Professor Chris Holmlund, Professor Adam Knee, Professor Christina Lane, Professor Linda Mizejewski, James Morrison, Jerry Mosher

A fascinating solid of Eighties strength and talent--John sweet, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Sally box, Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Lange, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sissy Spacek, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Bruce Willis, and the "Brat Pack"—stars within the drama of this decade. Acting for America makes a speciality of the best way those movie icons have engaged in and outlined a few significant problems with cultural and social hindrance to the United States through the 1980s.

Scholars making use of quite a few important techniques discover how those motion picture stars' movies communicate to an elevated viewers expertise of advances in feminism, new principles approximately masculinity, and the complicated political surroundings within the Age of Reagan. The essays show the variety of those stars' contributions to such conversations in a number of movies, together with blockbusters and significant genres.

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The actor went to Paris and Rome for a four-month eating tour, increasing his weight from 145 to 215 pounds. The additional weight made the last two weeks of shooting strenuous for De Niro, as he found himself short of breath and suffering from high blood pressure (Baxter 201). On De Niro’s obsessive preparation, Barry King comments that, in the case of Raging Bull, his pursuit of realism by transforming his body was also a response to the creative limitations involved in a collaborative production process (177).

The gangster’s awkward syntax, slamming one phrase against the next, typifies the discontinuity and colloquial speech patterns of De Niro’s realist acting style and subverts Capone’s denial of criminal violence. The aggressive urban vernacular De 32 AARON BAKER De Niro as Al Capone. ” The Untouchables. Copyright Paramount Pictures, 1987. Niro was famous for also comes out in full force in a later scene in which Capone learns that Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) and his G-men have intercepted a large shipment of his bootleg liquor: “I want that son of a bitch dead!

The seven roles from De Niro’s 1980s films discussed here develop this critique of the outlaw hero established in Taxi Driver in various contexts. Raging Bull shows how selfishness and violence destroy a family. The King of Comedy returns to the idea from Taxi Driver that American society, in its obsession with celebrity, often ignores the cost sometimes required to achieve such individual distinction. ) In Once Upon a Time in America, the sexual violence of De Niro’s character that Sergio Leone chose to emphasize made him more an example of violent entitlement than a critical response to it.

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