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Dreams and Dead Ends The American Gangster Film

ISBN-10: 0195142926

ISBN-13: 9780195142921

Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)

Authors: Jack Shadoian

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The second edition of this classic study provides a reintroduction to some of the major films and theoretical considerations of film noir and gangster films in twentieth-century America. Ranging from Little Caesar (1930) to Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Shadoian guides the reader through twenty classic movies of the genre. His approach is to use brief introductions to introduce distinct eras of the gangster films in each of seven chapters. Moving chronologically, he offers plot synopses and close readings of such definitive examples as Bonnie and Clyde, The Public Enemy, D.O.A. and The Godfather, each accompanied by photographs and author's critiques. Compenendia of facts on each film are also provided. This updated version looks a newer films as well as how the genre has moved into the newcentury. Appendices look at the movie Criss Cross as an epitome of the genre while others offer different lists of gangster films, including the author's top fourteen alltime, fifty post-Godfather films worth seeing, and fifty vintage films.
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 9.21" wide x 5.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Introduction
The Golden Age
The ""Classic"" Gangster Film
Little Caesar (1930)
The Public Enemy (1931)
Dark Transformations
The Descent Into Noir
High Sierra (1941)
The Killers (1946)
The Genre's ""Enlightenment""
The Stress and Strain for Affirmation
Kiss of Death (1947)
Force of Evil (1948)
Gun Crazy (1949)
Going Gray and Going Crazy
Disequilibrium and Change at Midcentury
D.O.A. (1949)
White Heat (1949)
Focus on Feeling
""Seeing"" Through the Fifties
Pickup on South Street (1953)
River Street (1953)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
The Brothers Rico (1957)
Contemporary Colorations
The Modernist Perspective
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Point Blank (1967)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather II (1975)
Towards the 21st Century
Frenzies & Despairs
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995)
Criss Cross: ""One to Watch Over and Over""
Gangster/Crime/Noir/Post-Noir: The Top 14
50 Post-Godfather Crime/Noir Films Worth a Look
Aging Well: 50 Vintage Gangster/Crime/Noir Films
Notes
Selected Bibliography