By Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Professor William Brown, Michael DeAngelis, Krin Gabbard, Professor Chris Holmlund, Professor Adam Knee, Professor Christina Lane, Professor Linda Mizejewski, James Morrison, Jerry Mosher
Scholars applying numerous helpful methods discover how those motion picture stars' motion pictures communicate to an elevated viewers know-how of advances in feminism, new rules approximately masculinity, and the complicated political surroundings within the Age of Reagan. The essays reveal the diversity of those stars' contributions to such conversations in a number of movies, together with blockbusters and significant genres.
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The two had started their movie careers together twenty years earlier with three small independent ﬁlms, Greetings (1968), The Wedding Party (1969), and Hi, Mom! (1970). Thus when producer Art Linson expressed doubt about how the laconic, now-svelte De Niro would realistically portray the portly, verbose Capone, De Palma could reassure him about the actor’s dedication to preparation and his acting skills (Kroll, “Magniﬁcent Obsessive,” Newsweek, 22 July 1987, 64). De Niro was also enthusiastic about David Mamet’s screenplay.
Arnold and Sylvester shared the same attorney and so he had the attorney introduce Brigitte Nielsen to Stallone, and Stallone ended up marrying her” (Leamer 216). In Stallone’s 1986 Rolling Stone version of the story, Nielsen had been obsessed with Stallone since she was eleven and she essentially stalked him until she won him over (19 December 1986, 127). Similar competing narratives of the two actors abound during the 1980s, adding to their fascination for fans and viewers. Rival ethnic identities also contributed to the dueling personas of these actors, whose speech and accents tied them to particular social and economic milieus.
In his ﬁrst designer challenge, he manages to create a rather dashing tunic from an old tarp and rope belt. Later, he tries his hand as seamstress on his own body, ﬁrst extracting a tiny sewing kit from his knife hilt and then darning a broad gash in his arm with skill and delicacy. At some point Rambo dons stylish headgear, which morphs from a leafy camouﬂage to a hippie-style sports headband that he wears throughout the remainder of the ﬁlm. He ﬁnds food for himself (and in a parallel scene, his former colonel comments on Rambo’s self-sufﬁciency, noting his ability to cook and his willingness to eat anything).
Acting for America: Movie Stars of the 1980s by Robert Eberwein, Aaron Baker, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, Professor William Brown, Michael DeAngelis, Krin Gabbard, Professor Chris Holmlund, Professor Adam Knee, Professor Christina Lane, Professor Linda Mizejewski, James Morrison, Jerry Mosher