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British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order (Crime Files)

British Crime Film: Subverting the Social Order (Crime Files) [Kindle Edition]

Barry Forshaw
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'In this excellent book on the British crime movie, a follow-up to his valuable studies of English-language and Scandinavian crime fiction, Forshaw interrogates the usual suspects, discovers many neglected pictures, and places them all in a larger social context. It's a work to read for pleasure and instruction, and then to keep on the reference shelf.'
- Philip French, The Observer

'Crime fiction in films and literature is my meat. So Barry Forshaw's terrific book not only rekindled memories of films seen but provided clues to others yet to be revelled in. This rave has nothing to do with getting an honourable mention.'
- Mike Hodges, Director, Get Carter

'An incredible work; so thorough, so informed and at the same time so very readable and entertaining.'
- Peter James, Chair, Crime Writers' Association
'This book provides a much-needed shot in the arm for writing on British crime film. The colourful case-studies draw out the political complexities of this stalwart genre, opening up the films in insightful and often revisionary readings. Calling upon his compendious knowledge of the subject and injecting wit into his precise prose, Forshaw reinvigorates the field.'
- Steven Peacock, Reader in Film and Television Aesthetics, Programme Coordinator MA Film and Television Aesthetics, University of Hertfordshire, UK
'Barry Forshaw has penetrated the locked-room mystery of the British crime film and brought it to book ... the verdict is "outstanding".'
- Kim Newman, Author, Nightmare Movies
'Destined to become an essential volume on any self-respecting cinephile's bookshelf. Forshaw is bang-on about the British crime films you already know, but (even more importantly) makes you eager to track down and watch the lesser-known gems you haven't seen.'
- Anne Billson, The Guardian

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British Crime Film is a celebratory and comprehensive social history of this idiosyncratic genre. Barry Forshaw focuses on the strategies used to address more radical notions than those presented in mainstream product, exploring such themes as the treatment of sex and violence, corporate crime and the maverick criminal. Covering every major - and most minor - British crime films up to and including the twenty-first century, Forshaw contextualises the films within the crime fiction that inspired them. He explores new developments including British urban crime movies and the wave of new crime/horror hybrids such as Kill List, and predicts what the future holds for the genre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (20 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A208MPI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Barry Forshaw's latest books are 'British Crime Film and Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction'. Other work includes 'British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia', 'The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and Guns for Hire: The Modern Adventure Thriller', along with books on Italian cinema and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. His next books are 'British Gothic Cinema' and a study of Thomas Harris and 'The Silence of the Lambs'. He writes for various newspapers, edits Crime Time, and broadcasts for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good ... In parts 20 Sep 2012
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A collection of interesting linked essays that deal with some of the aspects of the title. The book is far from being as comprehensive as the title and blurb suggest and suffers from some quirky chapter headings and content . Readers will find as much about corporate crime in chapter four (about politics, supposedly) as they will in chapter twelve (misleadingly entitled "corporate crime" but concerned mostly with the two versions of Brighton Rock). So -- good in parts but as it is the first of its kind to deal with specifically British crime films, it's the best there is (at the moment).
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