Shots in the Mirror: Crime Films and Society
Год издания: 2006Количество страниц: 288
Originally published in May 2000, Shots in the Mirror analyzes crime films in terms of the interplay between movies and American Society. The book has proven useful to students and scholars of criminal justice, law, and film and media studies. A new body of literature has been integrated into this revised text, reflecting the rapid expansion of scholarship on law-related films over the past three years. Keeping pace with the evolution of crime films, this second edition responds to recent developments, trends, and shifting circumstances in the genre. A new introduction and preface outlines how this edition differs from and updates its predecessor. The new edition updates the first six of the current edition's seven chapters and cuts the final chapter. It expands the scope and increases the depth and variety of the previous edition by including selected foreign films in addition to the American. It also adds a new chapter on film psychos, a previously unrecognized subcategory of crime films, and a chapter called "Offenses of Daily Life: Recent Films of Moral Ambiguity," which grows organically out of the first edition's distinction between traditional crime films, with their easy solutions to social problems, and those more unusual critical films which belong to the bleaker, morally ambiguous, alternative tradition.