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Title Acting for America : movie stars of the 1980s / edited by Robert Eberwein
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (ix, 295 pages) : illustrations
Series Star decades: American culture/American cinema
Star decades: American culture/American cinema
Contents Robert De Niro: star as actor auteur / Aaron Baker -- Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger: androgynous macho men / Rebecca Bell-Metereau -- Jessica Lange and Sissy Spacek: country girls / William Brown -- Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise: rebellion and conformity / Michael DeAngelis -- Michael J. Fox and the Brat Pack: contrasting identities / Robert Eberwein -- Eddie Murphy: the rise and fall of the golden child / Krin Gabbard -- Sigourney Weaver : woman warrior, working girl / Chris Holmlund -- Harrison Ford: a well-tempered machismo / Adam Knee -- Sally FIeld and Goldie Hawn: feminism, post-feminism, and cactus flower politics / Christina Lane -- Meryl Streep: feminism and femininity in the era of backlash / Linda Mizejewski -- Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis: enforcers left and right / James Morrison -- Steve Martin and John Candy: penny wise and pound foolish / Jerry Mosher -- In the wings / Robert Eberwein
Summary Acting for America focuses on the way film icons have engaged in and defined some major issues of cultural and social concern to America during the 1980s. Scholars employing a variety of useful approaches explore how these movie stars' films speak to an increased audience awareness of advances in feminism, new ideas about masculinity, and the complex political atmosphere in the Age of Reagan. The essays demonstrate the range of these stars' contributions to such conversations in a variety of films, including blockbusters and major genres
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Entertainment & Performing Arts.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Acting & Auditioning.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- General.
Motion picture actors and actresses.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
Author Eberwein, Robert T., 1940-
ISBN 9780813551135