Shots in the Mirror

Shots in the Mirror : Crime Films and Society

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Movies play a central role in shaping our understanding of crime and the world generally, helping us define what is good and bad, desirable and unworthy, lawful and illicit, strong and weak. Crime films raise controversial issues about the distribution of social power and the meanings of deviance, and they provide a safe space for fantasies of rebellion, punishment, and the restoration of order. In this, the first comprehensive study of its kind, well-known criminologist Nicole Rafter examines the relationship between society and crime films from the perspectives of criminal justice, film history and technique, and sociology. Dealing with over 300 films ranging from gangster and cop to trial and prison movies, Shots in the Mirror concentrates on works in the Hollywood tradition but also identifies a darker strain of critical films that portray crime and punishment more more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 157.2 x 234.7 x 17mm | 398.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195129830
  • 9780195129830

About Nicole Hahn Rafter

Nicole Hahn Rafter is Professor in the Law, Policy, and Society Program at Northeastern more

Table of contents

1. The History of Crime Films; 2. Why They Went Bad: Criminology in Crime Films; 3. Cop Films; 4. Courtroom Films-with Charles Alexander Hahn; 5. Prison and Execution Films; 6. The Heroes of Crime Films; 7. The Future of Crime Films; Appendix: Films Cited with Release Datesshow more

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