Crime movies : from Griffith to The Godfather and beyond /

The story of the gangster genre in film.

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Main Author: Clarens, Carlos. (Author)
Format: Book
Published:New York : Norton, ©1980.
Edition:1st ed.
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Main Author:Clarens, Carlos.
Summary:The story of the gangster genre in film.

In this history of the genre Carlos Clarens gives us a mini-history of crime American-style. From New York's Biograph Studios, where raw violence was introduced to celluloid immortality, to today's multi-million-dollar celebrations of blood and power, Crime Movies shows us the whole picture: the unchanging cast of characters (the gangster hero, swaggering, charming, suspicious; the stoolpigeon or strikebreaker; the moll); the stars (James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Widmark); the censorship battles, political pressure, and public outcry.

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Physical Description:351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (page 339) and index.
ISBN:0393009408 (pbk.)
9780393009408 (pbk.)