Dreams and Dead Ends

Dreams and Dead Ends : The American Gangster Film

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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 new century. 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 396 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195142918
  • 9780195142914

Table of contents

Part 1 The Golden Age: The "Classic" Gangster Film - Little Caesar (1930); The Public Enemy (1931). Part 2 Dark Transformations: The Descent Into Noir - High Sierra (1941); The Killers (1946). Part 3 The Genre's "Enlightenment": The Stress and Strain for Affirmation - Kiss of Death (1947); Force of Evil (1948); Gun Crazy (1949). Part 4 Going Gray and Going Crazy: Disequilibrium and Change at Midcentury - D.O.A. (1949); White Heat (1949). Part 5 Focus on Feeling: "Seeing" Through the Fifties; Pickup on South Street (1953); 99 River Street (1953); The Phenix City Story (1955); The Brothers Rico (1957). Part 6 Contemporary Colorations: The Modernist Perspective - Bonnie and Clyde (1967); Point Blank (1967); The Godfather (1972); The Godfather II (1975). Part 7 Towards the 21st Century: Frenzies and Despairs - Once Upon a Time in America (1984); Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995). Appendices: 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; Ageing Well - 50 Vintage Gangster/Crime/Noir Films.show more

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