Author(s): Yannick Nuss
Hard Bodies examines the visual presentation of male, female, and artificial actors (cyborgs) in the action cinema of the 1980s and looks at the references these films contain to the social and political developments of the time. The book takes as its starting point the subversion of existing role models in the screenplays of the two Terminator films directed by James Cameron—The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Yannick Nuss uses the pages of the book to conduct his investigation, set- ting them up as a cinematic space where we are made aware of the way movement and physicality are deployed. The double pages combine scenes, characters, and stereotypes from the films, blended with cut-ups from magazines, interviews, and advertisements. The staging of the material follows a self-contained cinematographic flow that revolves around and with the body. The book is published in the series 76135—Books from the HfG Karlsruhe.