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Brat Pack America by Kevin Smokler
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it was amazing
bookshelves: to-review, books-and-movies, diy-film-school

A thoughtful, comprehensive examination of the rise of the 80s teen movie in all of its incarnations. Smokler focuses on movies that can be tied to geographic locations (real and imagined) and how those locations informed the movie or vice versa (or perhaps provided weird anachronisms). He also situates the movies within their larger social contexts - America's shift from an industrial economy to a service one, the expansion of teenagers as a population with buying power, the rise of hip-hop, the growing availability of mass culture and mass marketing. A must for anyone who wants to read more about film culture.

If you're over on Letterboxd, I've run a watchlist of the films Smokler examines in the book -
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Reading Progress

October 6, 2016 – Started Reading
October 13, 2016 – Finished Reading
October 14, 2016 – Shelved
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: to-review
October 14, 2016 – Shelved as: books-and-movies
December 13, 2017 – Shelved as: diy-film-school

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