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By Christine Holmlund

ISBN-10: 0813543657

ISBN-13: 9780813543659

With the U.S. economic system booming lower than President invoice Clinton and the chilly conflict ultimately over, many american citizens skilled peace and prosperity within the nineties. electronic applied sciences received reputation, with approximately a thousand million humans on-line via the top of the last decade. The movie puzzled what the impression on cinema will be.

The essays in American Cinema of the Nineteen Nineties research the big-budget blockbusters and seriously acclaimed self reliant movies that outlined the last decade. The Nineteen Nineties' most well liked style, motion, channeled anxieties approximately international threats equivalent to AIDS and overseas terrorist assaults into escapist leisure video clips. Horror movies and thrillers have been at the upward thrust, yet family-friendly photos and feel-good romances netted giant audiences too. in the meantime, self sustaining movies captured hearts, engaged minds, and invaded Hollywood: by way of decade's finish each studio boasted its personal ''art film'' associate.

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George Lipsitz has termed this system of privilege “the possessive investment in whiteness,” the cultural systems and choices that maintain racial whiteness as an ideal, an asset, and a means of exclusion (vii–viii). The major box office draws this year demonstrated how popular culture stakes this investment. Three of the four top-grossing films featured beleaguered white males in need of redemption. 2 In the latter film, the casting of a dark-skinned Puerto Rican hit man (Rick Avila) played to the same racist imagination that pictured Stuart’s phantom hijacker as black.

By the mid-1990s, most white male stars were, in effect, like Reeves— slimmer and slighter. The ability to wear clothes well—something George Clooney did with panache—replaced full or partial male nudity. At the same time, few women climbed to the top of the box office charts. Besides Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, the only woman to rank as a megastar was Sandra Bullock. ” But although Demi Moore pumped iron and even executed one-armed push-ups in Ridley Scott’s 1997 G. I. Jane, a lipstick lesbian–inflected “femme-ininity” was more prominent than “musculinity” in most late1990s female action vehicles.

Willis claims that this pairing inevitably works to assuage anxieties surrounding white heterosexual masculinity, and the legally sanctioned cop status of the buddies serves to disavow “homosexuality as well as interracial desire” (Willis 31). In King of New York, the questions of legitimacy and emotional bonding are even sharper, because the outlaw couple matches the lawman couple, and the film’s sympathies are strongly with the latter. In this sexually charged scenario, homosexuality is anxiously posited as real but elsewhere.

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