Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan
The presidency of Ronald Reagan was marked by such eighties movie events as First Blood, Conan the Barbarian, The King of Comedy, Gremlins, and The Terminator. These films, plus the birth of MTV, helped form the pop-cultural backdrop for the Cold War and the delirious 1984 presidential campaign that led to Reagan’s re-election. In his latest book, Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan—the culmination of a trilogy he began with The Dream Life and An Army of Phantoms—critic/historian J. Hoberman contextualizes and examines Reagan as historical figure and symbolic totem, placing the key American films released during his presidency within a narrative bookended by the bicentennial celebrations (coinciding with the beginning of Reagan’s national ascendency) and the Iran-Contra Affair. On the occasion of this essential new book’s publication, Film at Lincoln Center will present a series of special double features selected by Hoberman from the films he discusses.
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Introduction by J. Hoberman on August 23An alleyway breakdown triggers a labyrinthine murder mystery in Ivan Passer’s atmospheric neonoir, a film maudit that Hoberman describes as a “premature critique of Reaganism.”
Introduction by J. Hoberman on August 23One of Brian De Palma’s greatest films and one of the great American films of the 1980s, Blow Out finds De Palma mixing a variety of political and genre elements into a hallucinatory thriller that builds to a shattering conclusion.
The King of Comedy
Introduction by J. Hoberman on August 24In Martin Scorsese’s iconic cringe comedy, Robert De Niro stars as Rupert Pupkin, a cheerful but deranged comic who aspires to get his big break on the late-night talk show hosted by Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis).
Conan the Barbarian
New 4K restorationSylvester Stallone stars in this franchise-launching action thriller as Vietnam vet John Rambo, who travels to Washington state to visit an old war buddy. The trip takes a turn for the ultraviolent when the sadistic local authorities decide to make an example of him.
Beyond the Law
Back to the Future
Desperately Seeking Susan
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Return of the Repressed
The Running Man
Towards the Nineties
The Last Temptation of Christ
Film at Lincoln Center Talk: J. Hoberman & Dennis Lim
Free and open to the public! · Presented by HBO®Join Film at Lincoln Center’s Director of Programming Dennis Lim and writer J. Hoberman for an expansive discussion about his latest book, Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, the film series it inspired, the relationship between politics and pop culture in the 1980s, and more.
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