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Versions of Hollywood Crime Cinema
Author: Carl Freedman

ISBN: 9781841507248
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 31 January 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.0 x 24.0 x 1.27
Description:
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, F...

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