Armond White on 80’s Movies About Youth (QUOTE from the Armond White book “The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World”)

5)  Armond White on Teen Movies  -1985 –

“The visual style of The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, like the

 

 

sturm-und-dragstrip moodiness of Reckless and the neon graphic intensity of

 

 

 Tuff Turf (shot by Willy Kurant, who also photographed the greatest youth film of all, Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculine-Feminine)

 

 

collectively presents an iconography (night, lights, wheels) appropriate to the mythology of adolescence — a trash classicism as basic to movies about youth as the Bo Diddley beat is to primal rock ‘n’ roll.”

 To read more of Armond White’s take on teen movies of the 80’s, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years Of Pop Culture That Shook The World.

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