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ERIC Number: EJ810933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
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ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Your Wildest Dreams: "No End in Sight", "The Astronaut Farmer", and Other American Follies
Beck, Bernard
Multicultural Perspectives, v10 n2 p90-93 Apr 2008
Two recent movies, "No End in Sight" and "The Astronaut Farmer", exemplify a common kind of American movie: An intrepid lone individual pursues an impossible and outlandish goal against great odds and the opposition of many people, including dear ones. Although there are great costs and early failures, the lone hero is successful, and all doubts are dismissed and all insults are forgiven. Some movies of this kind show a darker version. The gains are less certain, the losses are more unbearable, and the hero is less admirable. In the fantasy "The Astronaut Farmer", the hero is finally successful, for a happy ending. In the documentary "No End in Sight", success remains out of reach, so there is no ending. The real political figures in the documentary are seen pursuing the elements of the fantasy plot without Hollywood's resolution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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