The BFI Companion to Crime

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Phil Hardy
A&C Black, 1997 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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No other book provides such comprehensive and authoritative information on the entire development of the genre throughout its history.

The BFI Companion to Crime offers a complete guide to all forms of crime on film. Prison drama, heist movies, films about juvenile delinquents, serial killers, bank robbers and many other sub-genres and motifs are given detailed treatment. There are articles too on the historical and social background to movie crime including the FBI, the Mafia, drugs, the Japanese yukuza, Prohibition, boxing, union rackets, poisoning and prostitution. Real life criminals such as Al Capone, Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd appear, as do giants of fictional detection such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow and Hercule Poirot. There are entries on literary sources of the crime film including such authors as Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Cornell Woolrich, Dashiell Hammett and Mickey Spillane. And of course, there are the films themselves, with over 500 entries on both the classics and the cult films of the genre, including many from Europe and the Far East.
-- A unique and accessible reference book celebrating the teeming 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 12
95
Section 13
135
Section 14
146
Section 15
190
Section 16
207
Section 17
211
Section 18
224
Section 19
232

Section 9
51
Section 10
65
Section 11
72
Section 20
238
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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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