Spectacular Bodies unravels the complexities of popular action cinema, a genre too often dismissed as ``obvious'' in its pleasures and politics. Yvonne Tasker here argues that films such as Rambo, Thelma and Louise, and Basic Instinct should be analyzed and understood within a cinematic as well as a political context. Tasker asserts that today's action cinema not only responds to 1980s shifts in gendered, sexual and racial identities, but also reflects the influences of other media, such as the new video culture. Her detailed discussion of the homoeroticism surrounding the muscleman hero, the symbolic centrality of blackness within the crime narrative and the changing stature of women within the genre marks the re-constitution of these identities through the shifting categories of race, class, ethnicity, nation, sex and sexuality.
|Book:||Spectacular Bodies: Gender, Genre And The Action Cinema|
|Number of Pages:||220|
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