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The BFI Companion to Crime

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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the fascinating world of crime cinema. The BFI Companion to Crime offers detailed information on the sub-genres and motifs of movies dealing with criminals and their behavior: prison dramas, heist stories, kidnappings, the exploits of serial killers, juvenile delinquents, and hired guns. Phil Hardy also includes articles on the historical and social background of crime movies. The Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, the FBI, and the underworld of union rackets, prostitution, and drugs are some of the topics covered. Fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow, and Pretty Boy Floyd appear in these pages, along with the literary sources of many crime films. The works of Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Eric Ambler are among those featured. Abundantly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this is the book for film enthusiasts and anyone interested in the crime genre.

About the Author

Phil Hardy has edited many reference books on popular cinema. He is also an authority on popular music and is co-editor of The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520215382
Editor:
Hardy, Phil
Other:
British Film Institute
Editor:
Hardy, Phil
Author:
Hardy, Phil
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Crime and criminals
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Detective and mystery films
Subject:
Gangster films
Subject:
Police films -- Directories.
Subject:
Prison films -- Encyclopedias.
Subject:
Police films -- Catalogs.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Gangster films -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 color plates, 500 b/w photographs
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 1 in 2.14 lb

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