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This paper discusses Paul Schrader's 1980 film "American Gigolo," and how it reflects a period of hedonistic materialism. The writer contrasts its focus on outward show and possessions with the 1969 movie "Easy Rider," which is concerned with a spiritual search for freedom. The feminist movement, which had become a major issue by the 1980s, is also a significant influence in Schrader's "American Gigolo," which portrays masculinity in relation to the male crisis that was taking place at that time and feminine characters as masculine concepts of what women should be. The paper concludes that despite its depiction of a world without moral values, "American Gigolo" highlights that hedonism and wealth cannot replace true happiness, which can only be found in love.
From the Paper:"The death of the hippy movement marked a significant change in modern society. Towards the end of Easy Rider (1969), Wyatt declares, "You know Billy, we blew it," which refers to their search for freedom, but it also points towards the failure of the entire movement. Instead of finding freedom, Wyatt and Billy found rejection and death, thus leaving the question of life's meaning unanswered. As such, the following decades would be marked by a philosophy that was rooted in materialism and the self."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Charlebois, Justin (2009). Online article: "Cross-Cultural Representations of Hegemonic Masculinity in Shall We Dance." Retrieved 03/29/2009 from: < http://www.immi.se/intercultural/nr19/charlebois.htm>
Cite this Film Review:
"American Gigolo" (2009, April 20) Retrieved February 07, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/american-gigolo-113564/
""American Gigolo"" 20 April 2009. Web. 07 February. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/film-review/american-gigolo-113564/>