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Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan... and Beyond
by Robin Wood
This classic of film criticism, long considered invaluable for its eloquent study of a problematic period in film history, is now substantially updated and revised by the author to include chapters beyond the Reagan era and into the twenty-first century. For the new edition, Robin Wood has written a substantial new preface that explores the interesting double context ...more
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published July 10th 2003 by Columbia University Press
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This was the best nonfiction book I have read in recent memory. It is everything I could hope criticism to be. Insightful without being convoluted, Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan makes you love the films you love even more, reconsider the films you thought you hated, and see all of (Hollywood) cinema in a whole new light. I might change a few prose choices, but hey, its his book not mine. I could also take a swing at the low hanging fruit; i.e., constitutional bisexuality being the source of t ...more
Robin Wood was truly one of the few film critics who mattered, and his insightful, lucid criticism is sorely missed. This book has always been a favorite, and no matter how many times I look at it, it never fails to engage me. His chapter on teenage cinema (name one other critic who takes Can't Hardly Wait as seriously as Nashville!) is especially fantastic, as is his readings of Raging Bull and horror cinema (not that I agree with all of his claims especially of Altman & Scorsese, but he ...more
I really can't speak highly enough of this book or the author. It's fascinating, ingenious, passionately committed to the highest application of critical technique. To anyone wondering about reading it I would say to peruse the list of films and genres discussed, and if a single title stands out as something you'd like to hear discussed in uncommon depth and unique voice, you oughta scull the whole thing.