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Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies

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Publisher Comments:

From the earliest days of the movies, filmmakers have turned to the courtroom for stories because it is an ideal setting for both drama and comedy. Fans of those courtroom movies can turn to Reel Justice for a verdict on both recent and classic courtroom films.

More about Reel Justice

Informative and entertaining, Reel Justice rates trial scenes in films on a one-to-four-gavel scale, with four being a classic and one being "ask for a new trial." Authors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow, both accomplished law professionals, discuss the cultural messages encoded in the films, point out what went right and wrong in scenes where liberties were taken, and even answer a few legal questions along the way.

Completely revised and reformatted from the successful first edition, this new edition of Reel Justice includes more than two dozen recent movies as well as many older favorites that weren't covered in the first version. Just a few of the films reviewed:

* A Time to Kill

* Legally Blonde

* Philadelphia

* Inherit the Wind

* A Few Good Men

* The Devil's Advocate

* I Am Sam

* Intolerable Cruelty

* Rules of Engagement

* Twelve Angry Men

* Ghosts of Mississippi

* Runaway Jury

Reel Justice is an indispensable video guide for film viewers who want the legal lowdown on courtroom scenes.

Book News Annotation:

Bergman and Asimow (both: law, UCLA Law School) provide a guide to movies related to law subjects, organized by these topics: courtroom heroes, injustice, experts and frauds, comedies, corruption of justice, circumstantial evidence, civil actions, contempt of court, prejudice, the death penalty, military justice, and family law. The authors summarize plots, address accuracy, and answer questions about legal issues and jargon used in the films. This edition contains ratings and about 150 brief film reviews in a category called "short subjects." Indexes are by topic, rating, and movie title. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

From the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, portrayed in Inherit the Wind, to the sensational war crimes trials that inspired Judgment at Nuremberg, celluloid trials have provided a compelling source of entertainment. Now t wo UCLA law professors/trial aficinados go behind the scenes of nearly 70 riveting courtroom movie dramas and comedies to demonstrate how directors make the legal system accessible to moviegoers.

Synopsis:

From the earliest days of the movies, filmmakers have turned to the courtroom for stories because it is an ideal setting for both drama and comedy. Fans of those courtroom movies can turn to Reel Justice for a verdict on both recent and classic courtroom films.

More about Reel Justice

Informative and entertaining, Reel Justice rates trial scenes in films on a one-to-four-gavel scale, with four being a classic and one being "ask for a new trial." Authors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow, both accomplished law professionals, discuss the cultural messages encoded in the films, point out what went right and wrong in scenes where liberties were taken, and even answer a few legal questions along the way.

Completely revised and reformatted from the successful first edition, this new edition of Reel Justice includes more than two dozen recent movies as well as many older favorites that weren't covered in the first version. Just a few of the films reviewed:

* A Time to Kill

* Legally Blonde

* Philadelphia

* Inherit the Wind

* A Few Good Men

* The Devil's Advocate

* I Am Sam

* Intolerable Cruelty

* Rules of Engagement

* Twelve Angry Men

* Ghosts of Mississippi

* Runaway Jury

Reel Justice is an indispensable video guide for film viewers who want the legal lowdown on courtroom scenes.

About the Author

Paul Bergman is a professor of law emeritus at UCLA Law School and frequently lectures to lawyers and judges on how films depict law and legal culture. He has written numerous articles on the depiction of law and lawyers in films, as well as several books on evidence, trial advocacy, legal counseling, and legal processes for non-lawyers.Michael Asimow is professor of law emeritus at UCLA Law School. He specializes in administrative law and has written numerous books and articles about law and lawyers in movies and television, including Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780740754609
Author:
Bergman, Paul
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author:
Asimow, Michael
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media & the Law
Subject:
Justice, Administration of, in motion picture
Subject:
Jury in motion pictures.
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , From the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, portrayed in Inherit the Wind, to the sensational war crimes trials that inspired Judgment at Nuremberg, celluloid trials have provided a compelling source of entertainment. Now t wo UCLA law professors/trial aficinados go behind the scenes of nearly 70 riveting courtroom movie dramas and comedies to demonstrate how directors make the legal system accessible to moviegoers.
"Synopsis" by , From the earliest days of the movies, filmmakers have turned to the courtroom for stories because it is an ideal setting for both drama and comedy. Fans of those courtroom movies can turn to Reel Justice for a verdict on both recent and classic courtroom films.

More about Reel Justice

Informative and entertaining, Reel Justice rates trial scenes in films on a one-to-four-gavel scale, with four being a classic and one being "ask for a new trial." Authors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow, both accomplished law professionals, discuss the cultural messages encoded in the films, point out what went right and wrong in scenes where liberties were taken, and even answer a few legal questions along the way.

Completely revised and reformatted from the successful first edition, this new edition of Reel Justice includes more than two dozen recent movies as well as many older favorites that weren't covered in the first version. Just a few of the films reviewed:

* A Time to Kill

* Legally Blonde

* Philadelphia

* Inherit the Wind

* A Few Good Men

* The Devil's Advocate

* I Am Sam

* Intolerable Cruelty

* Rules of Engagement

* Twelve Angry Men

* Ghosts of Mississippi

* Runaway Jury

Reel Justice is an indispensable video guide for film viewers who want the legal lowdown on courtroom scenes.

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