The BFI Companion to Crime

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Phil Hardy
University of California Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the fascinating world of crime cinema. The BFI Companion to Crime offers detailed information on the sub-genres and motifs of movies dealing with criminals and their behavior: prison dramas, heist stories, kidnappings, the exploits of serial killers, juvenile delinquents, and hired guns. Phil Hardy also includes articles on the historical and social background of crime movies. The Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, the FBI, and the underworld of union rackets, prostitution, and drugs are some of the topics covered. Fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow, and Pretty Boy Floyd appear in these pages, along with the literary sources of many crime films. The works of Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Eric Ambler are among those featured. Abundantly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this is the book for film enthusiasts and anyone interested in the crime genre.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
8
Section 3
9
Section 4
11
Section 5
15
Section 6
17
Section 7
18
Section 8
22
Section 14
95
Section 15
116
Section 16
140
Section 17
152
Section 18
190
Section 19
200
Section 20
211
Section 21
224

Section 9
51
Section 10
65
Section 11
72
Section 12
76
Section 13
84
Section 22
225
Section 23
337
Section 24
348
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Phil Hardy has edited many reference books on popular cinema. He is also an authority on popular music and is co-editor of The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music.

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