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The Faces of Gotham: Myth and Morality in
     

The Faces of Gotham: Myth and Morality in "The Dark Knight"

by Ian Pugh
 
In 2008, THE DARK KNIGHT, Christopher Nolan's second film in the rebooted Batman franchise, was released to an anxious yet unsuspecting public. A stark departure from BATMAN BEGINS, the movie presented a battle between three legendary icons, fighting for the right to guide Gotham City into the future: Batman, quickly losing control of his influence over citizens and

Overview

In 2008, THE DARK KNIGHT, Christopher Nolan's second film in the rebooted Batman franchise, was released to an anxious yet unsuspecting public. A stark departure from BATMAN BEGINS, the movie presented a battle between three legendary icons, fighting for the right to guide Gotham City into the future: Batman, quickly losing control of his influence over citizens and criminals alike; Harvey Dent, the city's new district attorney, a white knight who promises bring hope to the hopeless; and the Joker, a villainous cipher who aims to make civilization itself come crashing down. They were familiar characters operating in a familiar world, but the film touched a vital nerve on the cultural landscape. The movie earned over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, and became a phenomenon whose bleak vision of modern life changed the way we look at superheroes and cinema. In THE FACES OF GOTHAM, film critic Ian Pugh dissects THE DARK KNIGHT scene-by-scene, offering an in-depth look at the film's themes of chaos and moral uncertainty, Batman's influence on popular culture and his place in the modern pantheon.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013277182
Publisher:
Ian Pugh
Publication date:
10/12/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
88 KB

Meet the Author

IAN PUGH is a writer and film critic. He received a B. S. in Film & Video from Drexel University and an M. A. in Media Studies from Emerson College. He is a staff writer for Film Freak Central (http://www.filmfreakcentral.net/), and his new personal blog, "So What Are You Getting At?," can be found at http://sowhatareyougettingat.wordpress.com/. He currently resides in Boston.

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