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.Read more
- Exceptionally broad coverage of crime films, including lesser known genres like lawyer film and crime comedy
- Synthesis of earlier critics' work on specific crime subgenres in film and literature
- nontechnical language making it suitable for undergraduates
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- Date Published: August 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521646710
- length: 400 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 153 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.55kg
- contains: 79 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The problem of the crime film
2. Historical and cultural overview
3. Critical overview
4. Fury and the victim film
5. The Godfather and the gangster film
6. Double Indemnity and the film noir
7. Basic Instinct and the erotic thriller
8. Murder on the Orient Express, Blue Velvet, and the unofficial detective film
9. Chinatown and the hardboiled detective film
10. Bullitt and the police film
11. Reversal of Fortune and the lawyer film
12. Fargo and the crime comedy
13. What good are crime films?
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