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By Randy Laist

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ISBN-13: 9781501320033

ISBN-10: 1628920793

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Hyperreality is an Alice-in-Wonderland measurement the place copies haven't any originals, simulation is extra genuine than fact, and residing desires undermine the boundaries among mind's eye and goal adventure. the main admired thinker of the hyperreal, Jean Baudrillard, formulated his idea of hyperreality through the Nineteen Eighties, however it was once now not till the Nineteen Nineties that the top of the chilly conflict, in addition to the proliferation of latest reality-bending applied sciences, made hyperreality appear to come actual. within the "lost decade” among the autumn of the Berlin Wall and Sept. 11, the character of fact itself grew to become a resource of uncertainty, a psychic situation that has been recognizably recorded through that seismograph of yankee realization, Hollywood cinema.

The auteur cinema of the Nineteen Seventies aimed for gritty realism, and the main favorite function of Reagan-era cinema used to be its fabulous unrealism. Clinton-era cinema, besides the fact that, is characterised by means of a winning temper of hyperrealism, communicated in a number of methods by means of such benchmark movies as JFK, Pulp Fiction, and The Matrix. The hyperreal cinema of the Nineties conceives of the motion picture reveal as neither a window on a preexisting social fact (realism), nor as a wormhole right into a wonderful dream-dimension (escapism), yet as an area during which photographs and fact trade mask, mixture into each other, and problem the philosophical premises which differentiate them from each other. Cinema of Simulation: Hyperreal Hollywood within the lengthy Nineties provides a guided journey in the course of the anxieties and fantasies, reciprocally social and cinematic, which symbolize the surreal territory of the hyperreal.

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