Historical Dictionary of Crime Films

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - Performing Arts - 463 pages
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The crime film genre consists of detective films, gangster films, suspense thrillers, film noir, and caper films and is produced throughout the world. Crime film was there at the birth of cinema, and it has accompanied cinema over more than a century of history, passing from silent films to talkies, from black-and-white to color. The genre includes such classics as The Maltese Falcon, The Godfather, Gaslight, The French Connection, and Serpico, as well as more recent successes like Seven, Drive, and L.A. Confidential. The Historical Dictionary of Crime Films covers the history of this genre through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on key films, directors, performers, and studios. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about crime cinema.
  

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User Review  - Barbara Kundanis - Book Verdict

Mayer's (Encyclopedia of Film Noir) overview of crime films from around the globe includes numerous subgenres such as detective films, gangster films and film noir, suspense thrillers, and capers ... Read full review

Contents

Editors Foreword
ix
Preface
xi
Acknowledgments
xv
Acronyms and Abbreviations
xvii
Chronology
xix
Introduction
1
A
21
B
33
L
241
M
263
N
287
O
295
P
299
Q
317
R
319
S
331

C
59
D
103
E
133
F
139
G
159
H
191
I
227
J
233
K
235
T
359
U
381
V
383
W
389
Y
407
Bibliography
413
About the Author
463
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Geoff Mayer is reader and associate professor at La Trobe University (Australia) where he is Head of the School of Communication, Arts and Critical Enquiry. He was a consultant and on-camera film historian on the 2011 documentary Stunt Love, directed by Matthew Bate.

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