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Crime Films : Investigating the Scene - Kirsten Thompson

Crime Films

Investigating the Scene


Published: 17th September 2007
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Crime Films : Investigating the Scene analyses the wide body of films that fall under the rubric of crime, from the gangster film to the film noir, and from the classic who dunnit to TV 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 and TV" approaches the crime scene from the standpoints of the criminal, the crime and the crime-solver, providing 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 the erotic thriller such as "Basic Instinct" (1992) and neo-noirs such as "LA Confidential" (1997) and "Body Heat" (1981).

There are also a number of close readings of some of the most enduring crime films, from "Seven" (1995) to "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) as well as of TV series such as "Homicide", "CSI" and "Hill Street Blues".

About the Author

Kirsten Moana Thompson is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Wayne State University. She is the co-editor of Perspectives on German Cinema (1996).

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Crime as puzzle: whodunits and heistsp. 29
The professional crime solver: from hard-boiled detectives to crusading copsp. 49
The criminal I: erotic thrillers, neo-noir and trial filmsp. 71
The criminal II: the serial killer film and postmodern hybridsp. 87

ISBN: 9781905674138
ISBN-10: 1905674139
Series: Short Cuts
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 17th September 2007
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 16.1  x 1.156
Weight (kg): 0.246