Legal Reelism: Movies As Legal Texts / Edition 1

Legal Reelism: Movies As Legal Texts / Edition 1

by John Denvir
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252065352

ISBN-13: 9780252065354

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Law and justice are important themes in film, not only in courtroom dramas, but also in the western, the film noir, even the documentary. In the Godfather trilogy Francis Ford Coppola shows that the Mafia possesses its own strict codes, even though they are in conflict with those of the criminal justice system. In Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors the protagonist…  See more details below

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Law and justice are important themes in film, not only in courtroom dramas, but also in the western, the film noir, even the documentary. In the Godfather trilogy Francis Ford Coppola shows that the Mafia possesses its own strict codes, even though they are in conflict with those of the criminal justice system. In Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors the protagonist also "gets away with murder," but with a different dramatic intent by the director and a different effect on the audience. Shedding light on myriad facets of the law/film relationship, fourteen contributors to Legal Reelism analyze films ranging from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, It's a Wonderful Life, and Drums along the Mohawk to Do the Right Thing, Basic Instinct, The Thin Blue Line, and Thelma and Louise. The first volume to contain work by both humanists and legal specialists, Legal Reelism is a landmark text for those concerned with depictions of justice in the media and the impact of those depictions on society at large.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252065354
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.99(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Myth and Meaning: Francis Ford Coppola and Popular Response to the Godfather Trilogy1
2Print the Legend: Violence and Recognition in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance23
3Through the Great Depression on Horseback: Legal Themes in Western Films of the 1930s44
4Framed70
5The Laws of the Game: Jean Renoir, La Regle du Jeu95
6Capra's Constitution118
7Popular Culture/Popular Justice133
8Morality and Liberal Legal Culture: Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors154
9Rewriting History with Lightning: Race, Myth, and Hollywood in the Legal Pantheon172
10Celluloid Sovereignty: Hollywood's "History" of Native Americans199
11Pubic Execution225
12Class Action: One View of Gender and Law in Popular Culture244
13Outlaw Women: Thelma and Louise261
14Law Noir280
Contributors303
Index307

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