Legal Reelism: Movies As Legal Texts / Edition 1

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Overview

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: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Myth and Meaning: Francis Ford Coppola and Popular Response to the Godfather Trilogy 1
2 Print the Legend: Violence and Recognition in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 23
3 Through the Great Depression on Horseback: Legal Themes in Western Films of the 1930s 44
4 Framed 70
5 The Laws of the Game: Jean Renoir, La Regle du Jeu 95
6 Capra's Constitution 118
7 Popular Culture/Popular Justice 133
8 Morality and Liberal Legal Culture: Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors 154
9 Rewriting History with Lightning: Race, Myth, and Hollywood in the Legal Pantheon 172
10 Celluloid Sovereignty: Hollywood's "History" of Native Americans 199
11 Pubic Execution 225
12 Class Action: One View of Gender and Law in Popular Culture 244
13 Outlaw Women: Thelma and Louise 261
14 Law Noir 280
Contributors 303
Index 307
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