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The Glorious Eighties

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A week devoted to America in the decade of excess! ’Cos the 80s were mad and extravagant and fearless, glorious in their own right. Seven unforgettable films, and a Bonus Track.

Adventureland

Greg Mottola United States, 2009

In 1987, a recent college grad (Jesse Eisenberg) from a privileged background finds himself forced to take a dead-end summer job at an amusement park, which turns out to be an ideal entrance into the real world.

Body Double

Brian De Palma United States, 1984

A young B movie actor’s obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Scanners

David Cronenberg Canada, 1981

The title of this David Cronenberg sci-fi horror film refers to a group of people who have telekinetic powers that allow them to read minds and give them the ability to make other people’s heads explode.

White Dog

Samuel Fuller United States, 1982

Kristy McNichol stars as a young actress who adopts a lost German shepherd, only to discover through a series of horrifying incidents that the dog has been trained to attack black people. White Dog is Samuel Fuller’s throat-grabbing exposé on American racism.

An Officer and a Gentleman

Taylor Hackford United States, 1982

A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with the help of a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girlfriend.

The Keep

Michael Mann United Kingdom, 1983

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Footloose

Herbert Ross United States, 1984

A city teenager moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace. The film is loosely based on events that took place in the small, rural, and religious community of Elmore City, Oklahoma.

Pretty in Pink

Howard Deutch United States, 1986

A poor girl must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy.

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