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Author Elliott, Paul, 1972-, author
Title Studying the British crime film / by Paul Elliott
Imprint Leighton Buzzard : Auteur, 2014
book jacket
 Chinese Lit.&Phi. Lib.  987.941 E46    AVAILABLE    30580003178667
Descript 170 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Series Studying British cinema series
Studying British cinema series
Note "Ever since its inception, British cinema has been obsessed with crime and the criminal. One of the first narrative films to be produced in Britain, the 1905 short Rescued by Rover, was a fast paced tale of abduction and kidnap; the first British sound film, Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929), was concerned with murder and criminal guilt; and the first ever BAFTA for Best British film was awarded to Carol Reed's 1947 work Odd Man Out, a narrative surrounding a failed robbery and prison escape. Yet for a genre that is seemingly so important to the British cinematic character, there is little direct theoretical or historical work written upon it. The Britain of British cinema is often written about in terms of its national history, its ethnic diversity or its cultural tradition but very rarely in terms of its criminal tendencies and its darker underbelly. Studying the British Crime Film makes the assumption that, in order to know how British cinema truly works, it is necessary to pull back the veneer of the costume piece, the historical drama or the rom-com and take a glimpse at what hides beneath. Studying the British Crime Film looks closely at a variety films relating to different aspects of criminal behaviour, including gangland culture from Brighton Rock (1947) to Essex Boys (2000), the heist film from The League of Gentlemen (1960) to Sexy Beast (2000), from the post-war serial killer of 10 Rillington Place (1971) to the seedy underworld of contemporary Britain in London to Brighton (2006). Each chapter not only offers an in-depth reading of the films under discussion but also guides the reader through the processes of studying British cinema in terms of both genre and nationality, giving practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge."--Publisher's website
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-167) and index
Gangland UK -- The post-millennial gangster film -- The heist -- Bent coppers -- Working girls -- Serial killers -- Juvenile delinquency
Subject Crime films -- Great Britain -- History and criticism
Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- Great Britain
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