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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

Containing a mix of previously published articles and new essays, this reader provides an overview of the gangster film genre, from its emergence in the early 1930s to the present day. Approximately 200 b&w movie stills and photos from the editors personal collections illustrate the volume. Silver and Ursini have collaborated on a number of books on film history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780879103323
Author:
Silver, Alain
Publisher:
Limelight Editions
Author:
Silver
Author:
Ursini, James
Subject:
History
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Motion pictures -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Gangster films -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
410
Dimensions:
8.94x6.10x.92 in. 1.46 lbs.

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