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Crime Films: Investigating the Scene

by Kirsten Moana Thompson Wallflower Press
Pub Date:
09/2007
ISBN:
9781905674138
Format:
Pbk 144 pages
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AU$38.99 NZ$39.12
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Crime Films: Investigating the Scene analyzes the wide body of films that fall under the rubric of crime, from the gangster film to the film noir to classic whodunit television series like Law and Order and CSI. Ever since Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery in 1903, audiences have been fascinated by films about crime and the world as seen from both sides of the law. Crime Films approaches a crime scene from the standpoint of the criminal, the crime, and the crime-solver, revealing the master plan behind the world of crime on screen. The criminal underworld takes on many forms, and this volume delves into recent developments in erotic thrillers like Basic Instinct (1992) and neo-noirs like Body Heat (1981) and LA Confidential (1997). Also included are a number of close readings of enduring crime films, from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) to Seven (1995) as well as such television series as Hill Street Blues, Homicide, and CSI.
From Sleuths in deerstalkers on fog-shrouded moors and little old ladies from St. Mary Mead to psychological profilers and forensic criminologists in the mean streets of Las Vegas and Miami, from the library-with-a-candlestick to the bedroom-with-an-icepick, this compact volume leads us in the company of gangsters and g-men, safecrackers and serial killers, private dicks and public defenders, feds and femme fatales on a whistle-stop tour of our cinematic and televisual fascination with the left-handed form of human endeavour. Mark Bould, University of the West of England
Kirsten Moana Thompson is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Wayne State University. She is the co-editor of Perspectives on German Cinema (1996).