I died a million times : gangster noir in midcentury America

by Miklitsch, Robert, 1953-

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Summary
In the 1950s, the gangster movie and film noir crisscrossed to create gangster noir. Robert Miklitsch takes readers into this fascinating subgenre of films focused on crime syndicates, crooked cops, and capers.

With the Senate's organized crime hearings and the brighter-than-bright myth of the American Dream as a backdrop, Miklitsch examines the style and history, and the production and cultural politics, of classic pictures from The Big Heat and The Asphalt Jungle to lesser-known gems like 711 Ocean Drive and post-Fifties movies like Ocean's Eleven . Miklitsch pays particular attention to trademark leitmotifs including the individual versus the collective, the family as a locus of dissension and rapport, the real-world roots of the heist picture, and the syndicate as an octopus with its tentacles deep into law enforcement, corporate America, and government. If the memes of gangster noir remain prototypically dark, the look of the films becomes lighter and flatter, reflecting the influence of television and the realization that, under the cover of respectability, crime had moved from the underworld into the mainstream of contemporary everyday life.
Additional Information
Subjects Gangster films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Film noir -- United States -- History and criticism.
Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Urbana :University of Illinois Press,2021
Language English
Description xviii, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780252043611
0252043618
9780252085543
025208554X
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