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British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order (Crime Files)

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For most of the twentieth century, the private eye dominated crime fiction and film, a lone figure fighting for justice, often in opposition to the official representatives of law and order. More recently, however, the police have begun to take center stageandmdash;as exemplified by the runaway success of TV police procedurals like Law and Order. In Crime Uncovered: Detective, Barry Forshaw offers an exploration of some of the most influential and popular fictional police detectives in the history of the genre.

Taking readers into the worlds of such beloved authors as P. D. James, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbandoslash;, Ian Rankin, and Handaring;kan Nesser, this book zeroes in on the characteristics that define the iconic characters they created, discussing how they relate to their national and social settings, questions of class, and to the criminals they relentlessly pursue. Showing how the role of the authority figure has changedandmdash;and how each of these writers creates characters who work both within and against the strictures of official investigationsandmdash;the book shows how creators cleverly subvert expectations of both police procedure and the crime genre itself.

Written by a leading expert in the field and drawn from interviews with the featured authors, Crime Uncovered: Detectivewill thrill the countless fans of Inspector Rebus, Harry Hole, Adam Dalgliesh, and the other enduring police detectives who define the genre.

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A comprehensive social history of British crime film by the UK's principal expert on crime film and fiction Presenting a stunning social history of Britain through classic crime film, Barry Forshaw, one of the UK's leading experts on crime fiction and fiction, focuses on how crime films have portrayed our changing attitudes towards class, politics, sex, delinquency, violence and censorship. Focusing on these key issues, British Crime Film examines strategies used by film makers in order to address more radical notions of society's decline. Spanning post-war crime cinema, from Green for Danger to Get Carter, from The Lady Killers to Layer Cake, from The Long Good Friday to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, British Crime Film contextualizes the movies and identifies important and neglected works which will delight and intrigue film fans of this well-loved genre.

About the Author

BARRY FORSHAW is a writer and journalist specializing in crime fiction and cinema. His books include The Man Who Left Too Soon: The Life and Works of Stieg Larsson(2010), British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia(2008), The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction(2007), Italian Cinema: Arthouse to Exploitation(2006) and Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction(2012), and he has contributed to the Directory of World Cinema. He has also written for a variety of national newspapers as well as for Movie Mail, Waterstone's Books Quarterly and Good Book Guide and is editor of the online Crime Timemagazine. He is also a talking head for the ITV Crime Thriller author profiles and BBC TV documentaries, and has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

Table of Contents

A Social History of the Crime Film

The Age of Austerity: Post-war Crime Movies

Class and Crime: Social Divisions

Between Left and Right: Politics and Individuals

Heritage Britain

Shame of a Nation: Juvenile Delinquents and Exploitation

The New Violence: The Loss of Innocence

Scourging the Unacceptable: Censorship Battles

Metropolitan Murder: London

The Regions

Breaking Taboos: Sex and the Crime Film

Corporate Crime: Curtains for the Maverick

Mockney Menace: The New Wave

The Age of Acquisition: New Crime

21st Century Hybrids

The Directors: Makers of Key Crime Films

APPENDIX I: TV Crime

APPENDIX II: Crime and Espionage

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137005038
Author:
Forshaw, Barry
Publisher:
Intellect Ltd
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Subject:
Film and Television-Film Guides
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Intellect Books - Crime Uncovered
Publication Date:
20151115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 halftones
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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A comprehensive social history of British crime film by the UK's principal expert on crime film and fiction Presenting a stunning social history of Britain through classic crime film, Barry Forshaw, one of the UK's leading experts on crime fiction and fiction, focuses on how crime films have portrayed our changing attitudes towards class, politics, sex, delinquency, violence and censorship. Focusing on these key issues, British Crime Film examines strategies used by film makers in order to address more radical notions of society's decline. Spanning post-war crime cinema, from Green for Danger to Get Carter, from The Lady Killers to Layer Cake, from The Long Good Friday to Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, British Crime Film contextualizes the movies and identifies important and neglected works which will delight and intrigue film fans of this well-loved genre.
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