Crime movies

by Clarens, Carlos.

Format: Print Book 1997
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Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 791.43 CLA
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  791.43 CLA
Crime movies are as old as filmmaking itself. They embody the American nightmare, functioning both as a mirror of society and a tool for educating the public about its enemies. In this history of the genre Carlos Clarens gives us a mini-history of crime American-style. From D. W. Griffith and New York's Biograph Studios, where raw violence was introduced to celluloid immortality, to today's multimillion-dollar celebrations of blood and power, Crime Movies shows us the whole picture: the unchanging cast of characters (the gangster hero, swaggering, charming, suspicious; the stoolpigeon or strikebreaker; the moll); the stars (James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Widmark); the censorship battles, political pressure, and public outcry. This book illuminates movies such as Intolerance, Underworld, Little Caesar, Public Enemy, Kiss of Death, On the Waterfront, Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, and hundreds of others, while detailing the film-making strategies Hollywood has adopted to deal with the controversial yet profitable and enduring subject of American criminality.
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Subjects Gangster films -- History and criticism.
Publisher New York :Da Capo Press,1997
Edition 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Other Titles Illustrated history of the gangster genre from D.W. Griffith to pulp fiction
Contributors Hirsch, Foster.
Language English
Notes Originally published: New York : Norton, 1980.
Description 373 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page [361]) and index.
ISBN 0306807688 (alk. paper)
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