Crime looks at the origins of this popular film genre, as well as the key themes and issues involved in the study of crime films, such as the appeal of violence, the investigative structure of crime drama, and society and ideology. These themes are investigated through the study of contemporary and classic films with particular case studies on the 'family' or oedipal thriller, and the conspiracy thriller. Films discussed include: -Scarface (1932) -Angels with Dirty Faces (1935) -Mildred Pierce (1945) -The Parallax View (1974) -Hana-bi (1990) -Reservior Dogs (1992) -Pulp Fiction (1994) -Catch Me If You Can (2002) -Mystic River (2002) -Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) -Michael Clayton (2007) -Gone Baby Gone (2007) The author considers crime film within the context of society and social relations, the role of the anti-hero, the identification between on screen representations of violence and behaviour and the phenomenon of 'cool' violence.
About the Author
Sarah Casey Benyahia is Head of Film Studies at Colchester Sixth Form College. She is the author of Teaching Contemporary British Cinema (2005) and co author of AS and A2 Film Studies: The Essential Introduction (Routledge, 2008 and 2009).
Table of Contents
1. The Development of the Genre: Introduction and Context 2. The Appeal of Violence 3. Narrative Structure and Narration in the Crime Film: the Function of the Investigation 4. Crime and Society: Ideology and Genre Filmography Bibliography