BILL OWENS: "Bill Owens" (2000)

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The USA is often misdescribed as a classless society but Owens, the insider, clearly and categorically states that the subject of his interest was the middle class. The estate in the Livermore Valley was the USA in microcosm. It's inhabitants had indeed never had it so good and were keen to enjoy, and to some extent show off their new found wealth; but Owens' depiction of his contemporaries is far from fawning. On occasion it exhibits an almost surgical precision in its dissection of the minutiae of the late sixties American soul.