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Versions of Hollywood Crime Cinema: Studies in Ford, Wilder, Coppola, Scorsese, and Others

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ISBN: 9781841507248
Author(s): Carl Freedman
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Publisher: Intellect (UK)
Dimensions: 170 x 229 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 184

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This title features highly original readings that shed new light on familiar movies. It is an unifying and largely original Marxist perspective that offers a fresh look at social relations as expressed in Hollywood cinema. It is a new construction of the category of the crime film, supported by an understanding of the importance of crime and crime cinema in cinema and society as a whole. No society is without crime, prompting Nathaniel Hawthorne's narrator to make his famous statement in 'The Scarlet Letter' that, however high its hopes are, no civilization can fail to allot a portion of its soil as the site of a prison. By establishing the category of crime - by drawing a line between the lawful and criminal, however thin, blurry, or even effectively meaningless the line may in practice become - society offers its own perhaps most consequential self-definition. Film, argues Carl Freedman, is an especially fruitful medium for considering questions like these. With 'Versions of Hollywood Crime Cinema', he offers a series of critical readings spanning several genres, by directors Coppola, Scorsese, Ford, Wilder.
From among the mob movies, Freedman focuses on Francis Ford Coppola's 'Godfather' trilogy - arguably the foremost work of crime cinema - using it to reflect on the Marxist notion of primitive accumulation and relationship between 'gangsterism and capitalism'. The volum Please click here to ask a question
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