Hollywood's New Radicalism: War, Globalisation and the Movies from Reagan to George W. Bush

Hollywood's New Radicalism: War, Globalisation and the Movies from Reagan to George W. Bush

by Ben Dickenson


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Provides an up-to-date, insightful take on modern American cinema's relations with, and influence on Reagan's, Clinton's and both Bush's administrations. George W.Bush, Clinton and Ronald Reagan's relations are revealed with radical celebrities like Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Warren Beatty. It contains unique 'behind the scenes' stories and exclusive, revealing interviews with Hollywood celebrities. Described by Tony Garnett as 'an ambitious and refreshing book', "Hollywood's New Radicalism" is a timely and contentious account of the last twenty-five years of American cinema. Ben Dickenson tells the story of the corporate take-over of the movies in the 1970s, and the subsequent transformation of Hollywood into the dominant force in the global media industry. Writing from the intersection where politics, society and cinema meet, and using exclusive interviews with Hollywood personalities, he explores the radicalising effect of such changes on liberal filmmakers like Warren Beatty, Michael Moore and Sean Penn in the past decade.
He demonstrates how left-wing messages smuggled their way into 1980s movies, found a fuller voice in independent American cinema during the 1990s and flirted with mainstream popularity at the start of the new millennium. Bringing the story up to and through the 2004 Presidential election, he reveals how important Hollywood figures have become key members of a vigorous left - wing opposition to George W. Bush's Presidency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845111038
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/25/2005
Series: Cinema and Society
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Ben Dickenson is a film writer and jourbanalist and has a Master's degree in Film and Television from the University of Westminster.

Table of Contents

• Part One: The Inheritance
• The creation of modern Hollywood
• The movement last time
• 'Greed is good'
• The liberal Hollywood response to Reagan
• War - studio spectacle and directorial detractors
• Challenge of the creative community
• Part Two: The Crisis
• The context for Clinton
• Clinton, heroism and the liberal Hollywood tradition
• Globalisation and the alternative media expose of Clinton
• The president's Hollywood friends
• Progressive Hollywood responds - an anti-corporate thread
• Steven Soderbergh and the brief independent boom
• Race and the independent movie
• Money can't buy you Bill
• Crisis of the progressive agenda
• Old heroes - Warren Beatty
• New heroes - re-inventing the liberal tradition
• The new liberal aesthetic - the individual in society
• Part Three: The Next Generation
• 'Ooooo! We hate Bush and we hate Bush…'
• The new movement - Seattle and Cradle Will Rock
• Globalisation and George Bush Jnr
• Local and global
• Anti-capitalism in the mainstream
• Progressive ideology and activism in Hollywood
• The anti-capitalist aesthetic and its ambiguous brother
• Copying the independent gun movie
• Trans-national Hollywood business
• Michael Moore's radical documentary phenomenon
• War, resistance and unity
• Individualist film and the collective spirit
• Hey! Arnie, the election
• Index

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