To celebrate the publication of his new book Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan, we’ve invited film critic and historian J. Hoberman to present two films and offer his insights on the synergy between American politics and popular culture during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. The concluding work in Hoberman’s ambitious Found Illusions trilogy, which also includes An Army of Phantoms and The Dream Life, the book “charts how Reagan’s ideology both reflected and refracted what was playing at a theater near you during his extended ‘morning in America’ tenure. . . . [It] has a way of connecting various dots between real figures/events and their reel-life counterparts that feels singular, stylish and slightly intoxicating in its scope” (David Fear, Rolling Stone).
J. Hoberman has written for Artforum, the London Review of Books, The Nation, and the New York Review of Books. For over thirty years, he was a film critic for the Village Voice.
Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan is available in the BAMPFA Store.