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American Gangster Cinema

American Gangster Cinema - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0333684665

Cover of American Gangster Cinema 03 (ISBN 978-0333684665)
ISBN13: 978-0333684665
ISBN10: 0333684664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Macmillan Press, Ltd.
Published: 2003
International: No

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American Gangster Cinema - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0333684665

Fran Mason

ISBN13: 978-0333684665
ISBN10: 0333684664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Macmillan Press, Ltd.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Much analysis of gangster movies has been based upon a study of the gangster as a malign figuration of the American Dream, originally set in the era of the Depression. This text extends previous analysis of the genre by examining the evolution of gangster movies from the 1930s to the contemporary period and by placing them in the context of cultural and cinematic issues such as masculinity, consumerism and technology. With a close examination of many films from Scarface and Public Enemy to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, this book provides a fascinating insight into a topical and popular subject.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Modernity and the Classic Gangster Film
The Post-Code Gangster: Ideology and Social Conscience
The End of the Big Shot: The Gangster in the 1940's
Outside Society, Outside the Gang: The Alienated Noir Gangster
Order and Chaos, Syndicates and Heists
Nostalgia and Renewal in the Post-Classical Gangster Film
Notes
A Chronology of the Gangster Film
Bibliography

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