The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (Deep Focus)
In 1977, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training had a moment in the sun. A glowing junk sculpture of American genres?sports flick, coming-of-age story, family melodrama, after-school special, road narrative?the film cashed in on the previous year�s success of its predecessor, The Bad News Bears. Arguing against the sequel�s dismissal as a cultural afterthought, Josh Wilker lovingly rescues from the oblivion of cinema history a quintessential expression of American resilience and joy.Rushed into theaters by Paramount when the beleaguered film industry was suffering from ?acute sequelitis,� the (undeniably flawed) movie miraculously transcended its limitations to become a gathering point for heroic imagery drawn from American mythology. Considered in context, the film�s unreasonable optimism, rooted in its characters� sincere desire to keep playing, is a powerful response to the political, economic, and social stresses of the late 1970s.To Wilker�s surprise, despite repeated viewings, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training continues to move him. Its huge heart makes it not only the ultimate fantasy of the baseball-obsessed American boy, but a memorable iteration of that barbed vision of pure sunshine itself, the American dream.
- Dewey Decimal: 791.43
- Physical Description: 9.1"x11.4"x1.2"; 3.4 lb; 128 pages
- Edition Info: Paperback; 2011-06-14
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