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Crime films / Thomas Leitch

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Author
Leitch, Thomas M.
Publication Info.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.

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Description
1 online resource (xv, 383 pages) : illustrations.
Series
Genres in American cinema
Genres in American cinema.
Bibliography
Filmography: pages 341-357.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-339) and index.
Contents
The problem of the crime film -- Historical and cultural overview -- Critical overview -- Fury and the victim film -- The Godfather and the gangster film -- Double Indemnity and the film noir -- Basic Instinct and the erotic thriller -- Murder on the Orient Express, Blue Velvet, and the unofficial detective film -- Chinatown and the hardboiled detective film -- Bullitt and the police film -- Reversal of Fortune and the lawyer film -- Fargo and the crime comedy -- What good are crime films?
Summary
This book surveys the entire range of crime films, including important subgenres such as the gangster film, the private eye film, film noir, as well as the victim film, the erotic thriller, and the crime comedy. Focusing on ten films that span the range of the twentieth century, Thomas Leitch traces the transformation of the three leading figures that are common to all crime films: the criminal, the victim and the avenger. Analyzing how each of the subgenres establishes oppositions among its ritual antagonists, he shows how the distinctions among them become blurred throughout the course of the century. This blurring, Leitch maintains, reflects and fosters a deep social ambivalence towards crime and criminals, while the criminal, victim and avenger characters effectively map the shifting relations between subgenres, such as the erotic thriller and the police film, within the larger genre of crime film that informs them all.
Description based on
Print version record.
Subject
Detective and mystery films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Gangster films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Police films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Misdaadfilms.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Detective and mystery films.
Gangster films.
Police films.
United States.
Misdaadfilms.
Gangsterfilm.
Kriminalfilm.
United States.
Genre/Form
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form:
Print version: Leitch, Thomas M. Crime films. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002 0521641063 0521646715 (DLC) 2001052965 (OCoLC)48871770
ISBN
0511040288 (electronic bk.)
9780511040283 (electronic bk.)
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