Dreams & dead ends : the American gangster film / Jack Shadoian.

Other titles
  • Dreams and dead ends
  • Dreams and dead ends.
Edition
  • Second edition.
Published
  • Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press 2003
Physical description
xv, 376 pages : illustrations
ISBN
  • 0195142918
  • 0195142926
Notes
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-360) and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
  • Original electronic resource. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary,
  • English
  • Available in electronic full text to members of the University via the Library web catalogue.
  • Print version record.
Contents
  • Contents : 1: The Golden Age : the "classic" gangster film. Little Caesar (1930); The public enemy (1931) -- 2: Dark transformations : the descent into noir. High Sierra (1941) ; The killers(1946) -- 3: The genre's "enlightenment" : the stress and strain for affirmation. Kiss of death (1947) ; Force of evil (1948) ; Gun crazy (1949) -- 4: Going gray and going crazy : disequilibrium and change at midcentury. D.O.A. (1949) ; White heat (1949) -- 5: Focus on feeling : "seeing" through the fifties. Pickup on South Street (1953) ; 99 River Street (1953), The Phenix City Story (1955), The brothers Rico (1957) ; Kiss me deadly (1955) -- 6: Contemporary colorations : the modernist perspective. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) ; Point blank (1967) ; The godfather (1972), The godfather II (1975), and after -- 7: Toward the 21st century : frenzies and despairs. Once upon a time in America (1984) ; Things to do in Denver when you're dead (1995) -- Appendix[es]: Criss cross : one to "watch over and over" ; Gangster/crime/noir/post-noir : the top 14 ; 50 post-Godfather crime/noir films worth a look ; Aging well : 50 vintage gangster/crime/noir films.
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  • This work provides a history of the 20th-century American gangster film. Moving chronologically through nearly seven decades, this volume offers illuminating readings of a select group of the classic films that best define and exemplify each period in the development of the American crime film.
  • The second edition of this classic study provides a reintroduction to some of the major films and theoretical considerations of film noir and gangster films in twentieth-century America. Ranging from Little Caesar (1930) to Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Shadoian guides the reader through twenty classic movies of the genre. His approach is to use brief introductions to introduce distinct eras of the gangster films in each of seven chapters. Moving chronologically, he offers plot synopses and close readings of such definitive examples as Bonnie and Clyde, The Public Enemy, D.O.A. and The Godfather, each accompanied by photographs and author's critiques. Compenendia of facts on each film are also provided. This updated version looks a newer films as well as how the genre has moved into the new century. Appendices look at the movie Criss Cross as an epitome of the genre while others offer different lists of gangster films, including the author's top fourteen alltime, fifty post-Godfather films worth seeing, and fifty vintage films.
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