Maximum Movies--Pulp Fictions: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson

Maximum Movies--Pulp Fictions: Film Culture and the Worlds of Samuel Fuller, Mickey Spillane, and Jim Thompson

by Peter Stanfield
     
 

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In the words of Richard Maltby . . . "Maximum Movies—Pulp Fictions describes two improbably imbricated worlds and the piece of cultural history their intersections provoked." One of these worlds comprises a clutch of noisy, garish pulp movies—Kiss Me Deadly, Shock Corridor, Fixed Bayonets!, I Walked with a Zombie, The Lineup, Terror in a Texas Town,

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In the words of Richard Maltby . . . "Maximum Movies—Pulp Fictions describes two improbably imbricated worlds and the piece of cultural history their intersections provoked." One of these worlds comprises a clutch of noisy, garish pulp movies—Kiss Me Deadly, Shock Corridor, Fixed Bayonets!, I Walked with a Zombie, The Lineup, Terror in a Texas Town, Ride Lonesome—pumped out for the grind houses at the end of the urban exhibition chain by the studios' B-divisions and fly-by-night independents. The other is occupied by critics, intellectuals, cinephiles, and filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Manny Farber, and Lawrence Alloway, who championed the cause of these movies and incited the cultural guardians of the day by attacking a rigorously policed canon of tasteful, rarified, and ossified art objects. Against the legitimate, and in defense of the illegitimate, in an insolent and unruly manner, they agitated for the recognition of lurid sensational crime stories, war pictures, fast-paced Westerns, thrillers, and gangster melodramas were claimed as examples of the true, the real, and the authentic in contemporary culture—the foundation upon which modern film studies sits.

Editorial Reviews

author of Hollywood's Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir - R. Barton Palmer
"Stanfield's vivid prose, his attention to intellectual subtlety, and his grasp of large cinematic issues make for a very smart book that breaks new ground in its engagement with postwar American culture and criticism."
Quarterly Review of Film and Video
"Maximum Movies, Pulp Fictions is a well-researched, well written and deeply felt tribute to the films and cinephilic writers that laid the foundation for the discipline."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813550626
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Stanfield is a reader in film studies at the University of Kent, U.K. He is coeditor of Mob Culture: Hidden Histories of the American Gangster Film and "Un-American" Hollywood: Politics & Film in the Blacklist Era (both Rutgers University Press).

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