Film Noir, Neo-Noir, and Hollywood Movies of the 1980s

In the 1980s movie theaters burst with bright feel-good movies filled with big hair, shoulder pads, VCRs, torn sweatshirts, and brick-sized cell phones. At the same time there was a counter-cinema just below the surface. Film noir was born in 1946. Presenting a foreboding worldview relatable to the traumatized WWII vets. The 1980s saw similar conditions. Returning Vietnam vets. Cold War terrors. Economic uncertainties. Fear. Distrust. A second wave of noir-styled films started in the 1970s. Labeled Film Soleil, this trend peaked in the 1980s. This new area of study will give us lots to talk about as we watch these bright, bouncy, mysterious, noir-like films.

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