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Author Wilson, D. Harlan.

Title They live / D. Harlan Wilson
Published New York : Wallflower Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Cultographies
Contents The becoming-piper -- The cult of the eighties -- Wake-up call -- Reel politik -- Through a pair of cheap sunglasses darkly -- The pathological unconscious -- Legacies
Summary "Born out of the cultural flamboyance and anxiety of the 1980s, 'They Live' (1988) is a hallmark of John Carpenter's singular canon, combining the aesthetics of multiple genres and leveling an attack against the politics of Reaganism and the Cold War. The decision to cast the professional wrestler 'Rowdy'; Roddy Piper as his protagonist gave Carpenter the additional means to comment on the hypermasculine attitudes and codes indicative of the era. This study traces the development of 'They Live' from its comic book roots to its legacy as a cult masterpiece while evaluating the film in light of the paranoid/postmodern theory that matured in the decidedly 'Big 80s'; Directed by a reluctant auteur, the film is examined as a complex work of metafiction that calls attention to the nature of cinematic production and reception as well as the dynamics of the cult landscape"--Page 4 of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed December 8, 2014)
Subject They live (Motion picture)
Genre/Form Subculture films.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231850743 (electronic bk.)
9780231850742 (electronic bk.)