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With the U.S. economy booming under President Bill Clinton and the cold war finally over, many Americans experienced peace and prosperity in the nineties. Digital technologies gained popularity, with nearly one billion people online by the end of the decade. The film industry wondered what the effect on cinema would be.The essays in American Cinema of the 1990s examine the big-budget blockbusters and critically acclaimed independent films that defined the decade. The 1990s' most popular genre, action, channeled anxieties about global threats such as AIDS and foreign terrorist attacks into escapist entertainment movies. Horror films and thrillers were on the rise, but family-friendly pictures and feel-good romances netted big audiences too. Meanwhile, independent films captured hearts, engaged minds, and invaded Hollywood: by decade's end every studio boasted its own "art film" affiliate.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. ii-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Timeline: The 1990s
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Introduction: Movies and the 1990s
  2. pp. 1-23
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  1. 1990 Movies and the Off-White Gangster
  2. pp. 24-44
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  1. 1991 Movies and Wayward Images
  2. pp. 45-69
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  1. 1992 Movies and the Politics of Authorship
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. 1993 Movies and the New Economics of Blockbusters and Indies
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. 1994 Movies and Partisan Politics
  2. pp. 115-136
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  1. 1995 Movies,Teens,Tots, and Tech
  2. pp. 137-156
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  1. 1996 Movies and Homeland Insecurity
  2. pp. 157-179
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  1. 1997 Movies and the Usable Past
  2. pp. 180-202
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  1. 1998 Movies, Dying Fathers, and a Few Survivors
  2. pp. 203-224
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  1. 1999 Movies and Millennial Masculinity
  2. pp. 225-248
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  1. Select Academy Awards, 1990–1999
  2. pp. 249-253
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  1. Works Cited and Consulted
  2. pp. 255-269
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813545783
Related ISBN
9780813543659
MARC Record
OCLC
301781469
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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