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"Tasker's book employs tools forged by feminists to explore the contemporary action cinema most often associated with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a body of work too often dismissed, she says, as "dumb movies for dumb people." Tasker argues that the heart of the recent action film is inscribed with ambiguous and complex shifting meanings in a discourse devoted primarily to issues of power and powerlessness....But hers is an accessible, well-written, provocative, and intelligent book about a cinema too popular to be ignored."-"CHOICE, Jan. 1995 "Tasker demonstrats qualities rarely found in the application of theory to popular pleasure: an enthusiasm and clarity of style which actually makes you want to experience the pleasures yourself.."-"Sight and Sound ..."Spectacular Bodies is an exciting and accessible study which delivers on its objectives."-"Women's Studies

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Pictured alongside Sylvester Stallone, whose box-office success in the roles of Rocky and Rambo represented a particular and very visible inflection of masculine identity in the cinema of the 1980s, was found, for a time, the larger-than-life image of the star's then wife, Brigitte Nielson. Read the first page
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A fantastic contribution to film and cultural studies - very insightful and interesting -essential to those interested in feminist film thory, masculinity, action film.
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