Crime movies : from Griffith to The Godfather and beyond /
The story of the gangster genre in film.
|Published:||New York : Norton, ©1980.|
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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.|