Film Studies Program
I am most concerned with the depiction of money in American film since the shift in the 1970s to a post-industrial, neoliberal economy. This shift to an informational capitalism places value on immaterial labor, such as a service, knowledge, and communication.3 Because of this change, industrial careers have vanished, along with the security that once came with them. Material labor has become essentially disposable in the US, due to outsourcing and automation. The American Dream has transformed dramatically; no longer can a typical family support itself with one income. Today, working-class and middle-class finances have become increasingly more precarious. As the relationship between money and Americans changes, so does its filmic representation. Thus, post-1970s films are particularly interesting places to follow the money.
Fleming, Sarah Mae, ""You see, my wife's dad is real well off" -- Money Obscured in the Coen Brothers" (2019). Honors Projects Overview. 153.
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