This compelling study places 'Back to the Future' in the context of Reaganite America, discusses Robert Zemeckis's film-making technique and its relationship to the 'New New Hollywood', explores the film's attitudes to teen culture of the 1950s and 1980s and its representation of science, atomic power and time travel.
ANDREW SHAIL is Lecturer in Film at Newcastle University, UK. He is the co-editor of Menstruation: A Cultural History (2005) and Neurology and Modernity (2009) and the editor of Reading the Cinematograph (2010). ROBIN STOATE is a Doctoral Candidate in English Literature at Newcastle University, UK. He has contributed articles to the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010).
Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Zemeckis, Gale and Hollywood's Revivalists.- 'you're gonna see some serious shit': New New Hollywood in Action.- Form and Style.- Genre.- The 1950s and Teen Culture.- Back to the Future and the Teenpic.- Masquerading.- Functioning.- The 1950s Imagined in the 1980s.- 'Erased from Existence': Digital Denial.- The Atomic Kid: The Return of Golden Age Nuclear Confidence.- Film and Time.- Time Travel in Film.- Oedipus's Family.- The Time Sense of Cinema.- Credits.