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 t...
Series: Deep Focus (Book 4)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Soft Skull Press (June 14, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 6.6 inches
Amazon Rank: 1475704
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“Josh Wilker, the author of the amazing memoir CARDBOARD GODS, has submitted a slim, sociologically relevant dissertation on the 1977 film THE BAD NEWS BEARS IN BREAKING TRAINING for a series called Deep Focus ("A Novel Approach to Cinema") that also ...”
e 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.