American Cinema of the 1990s: Themes and Variations by Christine Holmlund

By Christine Holmlund

With the U.S. economic climate booming below President invoice Clinton and the chilly battle eventually over, many american citizens skilled peace and prosperity within the nineties. electronic applied sciences won reputation, with approximately one thousand million humans on-line by means of the tip of the last decade. The movie puzzled what the impression on cinema will be.

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

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Even today, the 1999 school shootings near Littleton, Colorado, count as the fourth worst school disaster in history: twelve students and one faculty member were killed and twenty-four other students wounded before the two teenage assailants killed themselves. Natural disasters also made news, among them 1992’s Hurricane Andrew and 1998’s Hurricane Mitch. S. history to that time. Mitch ravaged Central America and caused nearly 11,000 deaths. But most Americans are more interested in sports and entertainment than politics and current events.

INTRODUCTION 13 congressional priorities, House Republicans voted to impeach Clinton, though his acquittal in the Senate was never in doubt. Meanwhile, Europeans wondered why we fussed so much about a political leader’s private life. By the end of the decade, Americans had to admit that the personal seemed to have become political with a vengeance. Violence, sex, and disasters drove the media, with emphasis increasingly on personalities rather than policies. Ghoulish amounts of television and print coverage were accorded serial killers Aileen Wuornos, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer.

Noonan sports a James Dean pompadour and sulk, and he wears a necklace cross, a clue to the film’s lingering nostalgia for a traditional ethnic masculinity. The casting of Penn as sexy gangster tapped his current reputation as a Hollywood bad boy (he did jail time in 1987 for assault) and heartthrob (he had just ended his tumultuous four-year marriage to Madonna). Penn as Noonan is Hollywood’s white version of the sexy bad boy of rap, seductive and dangerous, wearing a cross instead of a flashy gold chain.

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