CTCS 394 - PostModernism - The Weather Man Gore Verbinski...

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The Weather Man  15/01/2008 20:57:00 Gore Verbinski, 2005, 101 minutes, Paramount Cultural heterogeneity: Major Historical Events, Economic Situation,  Societal Issues 3 extra cinematic  major historical events economica situation of the country societal issues post modernist period 1977 to present buzz word: cultural heterogeneity in terms of major historical events, economics, societal issues cultural heterogeneity fuels the post modern aesthetic the period begins with politique practiced by Nixon and Johnson in Vietnam, and  Nixon at Watergate.  This creates a confusion, sense of impotence, inscrutability of it all. Tarnished  image of America, abroad and at home.  A lot of cynicism. Starts here.  This state of affair catapulted jimmy carter into presidency in 76. (lead by blacks  and the laborers) Simple man, looked honest. Image over idea. IMPORTANT for post modern  sensibility. 
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The film is all about this aspect of post-modernism (IMAGE OVER IDEA) Nostalgia for the past. Longing to get back to a former time.  Because of carter’s pushing of a liberal agenda, this was a time of paralysis in  govt. there was an overwhelming victory for Reagan, twice. And then george bush.  Reagan, ex WB contractee – had mastered film and television, ie. Image. Was  known as the “great communicator” Post-modern aesthetic – feel good. Reagan made America feel good.  The past for Reagan was small govt. small business. Local communities. And  making money.  Glasnot – soviet union began to collapse 1991 – end of the cold war. 1945-91 Because of the wishy washiness of bush sr. and the alliance of the Christians  and republican, Clinton came in, worked off the idea of JFK – again NOSTALGIA FOR  THE PAST. Wanted Bill Clinton.  “Lack of morality…” economy was good, people didn’t care.  Bush comes in. 9/11. Iraq, etc. etc.  Invasion of iraq leads to a sort of America civil war. His popularity dwindles each  year, not just with democrats but with both parties.  200 and 2004, good example of cultural war within America.  Nostalgia for the past put them all in office (Reagan idealogue exception), none  of them were actual leaders per say. IMAGE OVER IDEA.  Art of politics = choreography of the image.  Economic situation of the time : down, up, down, up, topsy turviness. That’s the  way the economy has behaved.  The period begins with inflation, leads to a recession.  Costs of war, spending more than the taxes take in, more national debt.  Increasing cost of war. Failure to modernize factories.
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