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Title The gangster film reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini.

Publication Info. Pompton Plains, N.J. : Limelight, 2007.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Somonauk PL Adult Non-Fiction - SNBB-4  791.43 GAN    AVAILABLE
Description viii, 410 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Seminal work. The gangster as tragic hero (1948) / Robert Warshow -- Scarface (from Howard Hawks, 1968) / Robin Wood -- The gangster film (1970) / John Baxter -- Iconography of the gangster film (from Underworld USA, 1972) / Colin McArthur -- Little Caesar and its role in the gangster film genre (1972) / Stuart M. Kaminsky -- Yakuza-eiga: a primer (1974) / Paul Schrader -- Big funerals: the Hollywood gangster, 1927-1933 (1977) / Andrew Sarris -- Post-code gangster movies (from Gangsters on the screen, 1978) / Frank Manchel -- All in the family: the Godfather saga (from Crime movies, 1980) / Carlos Clarens -- Case studies. A gangster unlike the others: Gordon Wiles' The gangster / Reynold Humphries -- White heat: I am Cody Jarrett, destroyer of worlds / Glenn Erickson ; The gangster according to Aldrich / Alain Silver -- A study in ambiguity: The Godfather and the American gangster movie tradiition / Geoff Fordham -- De Palma's postmodern Scarface and the simulacrum of class / Ronald Bogue -- Yoked together by violence: Prizzi's honor as a generic hybrid / Tricia Welsch -- Way of life: GoodFellas and Casino / Constantine Verevis -- Takeshi Kitano: melancholy poet of the Yakuza film / James Ursini -- Contemporary views -- The British gangster film / Tony Williams -- Reforming Hollywood gangsters: crime and morality from populism to patriotism / Sheri Chinen Biesen -- A new kind of girl for a new kind of world / Dominique Mainon -- The gangster and film noir: themes and style / Alain Silver -- Hits, whacks, and smokes: the celluloid gangster as horror icon / Catherine Don Diego -- Fukasaku and Scorsese: Yakuzas and gangsters / Joaquín da Silva -- The Hong Kong gangster movie / Tony Williams -- Family values and feudal codes: the social politics of America's fin-de-siècle gangster / Ingrid Walker.
Summary In the 1930s the gangster film in the United States coincided with a very real and very sensational gangsterism at large in American society. Little Caesar (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), and Scarface (1932) borrowed liberally from the newspapers and books of the era. With the release of just these three motion pictures in barely more than a year's time, Hollywood quintessentially defined the genre. The characters, the situations, and the icons-from fast cars and tommy-guns to fancy fedoras and fancier molls-established the audience expectations associated with the gangster film that remain in force to this day. As with their Film Noir Reader series, using both reprints of seminal articles and new pieces, editors Silver and Ursini have assembled a group of essays that presents an exhaustive overview of this still vital genre. Reprints of work by such well-known film historians as Robin Wood, Andrew Sarris, Carlos Clarens, Paul Schrader, and Stuart Kaminsky explore the evolution of the gangster film through the 1970s and The Godfather. Parts 2 and 3 comprise two dozen newer articles, most of them written expressly for this volume by Ursini and Silver. These case studies and thematic analyses, from White Heat to the remake of Scarface to "The Sopranos," complete the anthology.
Subject Gangster films -- History and criticism.
Films de gangsters -- Histoire et critique.
Gangster films. (OCoLC)fst00937711
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author Silver, Alain, 1947-
Ursini, James.
ISBN 0879103329 (paperback)
9780879103323 (paperback)

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