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Movies that exemplify the 80’s aesthetic? *

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Arthur Pewty, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car Thread Starter

    As far as I can tell, the earliest movie that set the template for what we now recognize as the 80’s aesthetic is American Gigolo (1980)
    Sleek Art Design. Quick cuts. Armani clothes. Pastels. Giorgio Moroder music (synths).
    Michael Mann’s Thief wasn’t too far behind though....
  2. SandAndGlass

    SandAndGlass Twilight Forum Resident

    Well, its had to top an earlier 80's movie than the you picked that came out in 1980 itself, but I think that Electric Dreams (1984), comes pretty close. And checks off many of the 80's things, like computers, synth music and aerobics. Full on in eighties style.
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  3. Scotian

    Scotian Amnesia Hazed

    Purple Rain. Not the first but still pretty damned
  4. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Well, there's only going to be 1 first, which really doesn't allow for participation. :laugh: Why not make it 80s movies that are just "So" 80s? Aesthetics (clothing, music etc.)
    - That'd make for fun thread! :):thumbsup:

    Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
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  5. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car Thread Starter

    I was just thinking about doing that, since another movie (Cat People) just sprang to mind ; that one just screams 80’s.
    I am curious, though,,whether the aforementioned Gigolo actually was Ground Zero for this style.
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  6. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Ooooh...Cat People great movie...fits thread terrific! :agree: Have fun w/it! :D (You can ask Gorts to change title, if you want to. Too much time has elapsed to change yourself.) BTW, welcome..see you joined in October! ~ I'm signing off now, but if you do want to contact Gorts & don't know how, okay to PM me. I'm usually here @ some point ea. day; if not, every other. :wave:
  7. toddrhodes

    toddrhodes Forum Resident

    South Bend, IN
    I only recently watched Rocky IV for the first time, maybe 6-8 months ago. And from the very beginning all I could think was... this is so '80's. Even down to the little robot thingy that was probably crazy sci-fi at the time.
  8. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car Thread Starter

    Thanks for the assistance; I just reached out to a Gort.
    And then thought of : The Hunger (1983).
    Fast cuts. David Bowie. Visually striking. Very early 80’s
  9. GodShifter

    GodShifter Too angry to be saved

    Dallas, TX, USA
    To Live and Die In LA
  10. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

    - high schoolers, sex, coming of age, 80s music throughout film, 80s clothing, all with a lot of actors/actresses making appearances
  11. Tim Lookingbill

    Tim Lookingbill Alfalfa Male

    New Braunfels, TX
    1988's "Working Girl"...YIKES! The hair...look at the HAIR! and the goofy pant suits...

  12. Big Jimbo

    Big Jimbo Forum Resident

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  13. Breathless
    Into the night

    When I want to time travel back to L.A. in the 80's ..these three classics do the trick
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  14. Arthur Pewty

    Arthur Pewty Always crashing in the same car Thread Starter

    Breathless, definitely!
  15. mr. steak

    mr. steak Forum Resident

    tempe az
    The Hunger = the look
    St. Elmo's Fire = the zeitgeist
    Repo Man = the weirdness
  16. GeetarFreek

    GeetarFreek Forum Resident

    9 1/2 Weeks
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  17. dougotte

    dougotte Petty, Annoying Dilettante

    Washington, DC
    Near Dark
    At Close Range
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  18. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Flashdance, I guess.

    Something tells me every iconic '80s movie will be named by the time it’s all done. :D
  19. merlperl

    merlperl Forum Resident

    Omaha, NE
  20. Oliver

    Oliver Bourbon Infused

    Less Than Zero
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  21. bostonscoots

    bostonscoots Forum Resident

    Boston, MA
    Oliver Stone's Wall Street.

    We got unrestrained greed, slicked back hair, pink dress shirts with white collars, Armani suits, tie clasps, and smoking in the office.

  22. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    How about De Palma’s Scarface? It’s got Moroder and cocaine.
  23. hi_watt

    hi_watt The Road Warrior

    San Diego, CA
    Rain Man
    Real Genius
    Valley Girl
    Last American Virgin
    Repo Man
    River's Edge
  24. KAT

    KAT Forum Resident

    Austin, Tx
    Better Off Dead is 100 percent 80's. The synth score, pop music, juvinile humor, fashion, a bully, a montage. raging hormones, etc. A lot of movies from the early 80's were on the strange(most likely drug influenced) side. Movies like Jeckle and Hyde Together Again, Modern Problems, Altered States, Neighbors, Dr. Detroit, Zapped, etc. And this film definitely has some out there moments(the hamburger coming to life and playing Van Halen). There are plenty of movies that fit inbetween a John Hughes film and a movie like Fast Times or Valley Girl, but Better Off Dead really seamed to throw everything into the mix.

  25. Nice Marmot

    Nice Marmot Nothin’ feels right but doin’ wrong anymore

    Tryon NC
    The best depiction of 80s teens and malls, imo.

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