The Gangster Film Reader

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Alain Silver, James Ursini
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2007 - Performing Arts - 410 pages
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During the early 1930s, a burgeoning Hollywood film industry defined one of the most iconic genres of all time. This title brings together a group of essays which present an exhaustive overview of gangster film, examining such films as 'Scarface', 'White Heat' and 'The Godfather'.
 

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Contents

The Gangster as Tragic Hero 1948
11
from Howard Hawks 1968
19
The Gangster Film 1970
29
Iconography of the Gangster Film from Underworld USA 1972
39
Little Caesar and Its Role in the Gangster Film Genre 1972
47
A Primer 1974
65
The Hollywood Gangster 19271933 1977
85
PostCode Gangster Movies from Gangsters on the Screen 1978
97
Prizzis Honor as a Generic Hybrid
195
GoodFellas and Casino
209
Melancholy Poet of the Yakuza Film
225
Contemporary Views
235
Tony Williams
237
Crime and Morality from Populism to Patriotism
259
A New Kind of Girl for a New Kind of World
277
Themes and Style
291

The Godfather Saga from Crime Movies 1980
107
Case Studies
117
Gordon Wiles The Gangster
119
I Am Cody Jarrett Destroyer of Worlds
135
The Gangster According to Aldrich
155
The Godfather and the American Gangster Movie Tradition
165
De Palmas Postmodern Scarface and the Simulacrum of Class
183
The Celluloid Gangster as Horror Icon
325
Yakuzas and Gangsters
343
The Hong Kong Gangster Movie
357
The Social Politics of Americas FindeSiécle Gangster
381
Notes on Contributors
407
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About the author (2007)

Alain Silver and James Ursini are the authors of Film Noir: The Encyclopedia. Alain Silver is also the author of The Samurai Film, and co-author of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles (all available from Overlook).

Alain Silver is the author of The Samurai Film and the coauthor of fifteen other books, including Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, and two screenplays. He has written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, DGA Magazine, Film Comment, and Photon. He has also produced nine independent features and over fifty soundtrack albums, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. James Ursini has contributed to various publications including Cinema, Femme Fatales, Mediascene, and Photon. Together, they are the coauthors of eleven books, among them the Film Noir Reader series, Film Noir: An Encyclopedia Reference to the American Style, and The Noir Style. They both live in Santa Monica.

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