Pump 'em Full of Lead: A Look at Gangsters on Film

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Twayne, 1998 - Performing Arts - 265 pages
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This series explores the history of motion pictures by studying individual filmmakers and cinematic movements, illuminating the most significant aspects of film for the student, scholar, and general reader. "Pump 'Em Full of Lead!" investigates the screen presence of the gangster since the birth of cinema while exploring with a journalist's insight his captivating links to real crime and tough neighborhoods. The book begins with the silent masterpieces that shaped the genre, moves through the feisty bootleggers of James Cagney, the noir flatfoots of Humphrey Bogart, and the mutant mobsters of the Fifties. The book's second half showcases the gore-fest of gangsters in the modern era: from "Bonnie and Clyde" to the dapper dons of "The Godfather," from Martin Scorsese's pithy wiseguys to Brian De Palma's fiery Latinos. The lens widens for the latest gangstas in the hood menacing society, as well as Quentin Tarantino's color-coded hoodlums of "Reservoir Dogs" and his groundbreaking "Pulp Fiction." The "Twayne Filmmakers Series" provides students with rich opportunities for studying individual filmmakers, national cinema, and filmmaking technique. Books in the Filmmakers Series are written by major film scholars, historians, and critics who bring their special insights to a highly diverse collection of studies about the twentieth century's major art form: the motion picture.

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Michael T. Martin is Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University. Marilyn Yaquinto is Assistant Professor of Communication at Truman State University.

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