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Mob culture : rethinking the American gangster film

Author: Lee Grieveson; Esther Sonnet; Peter Stanfield
Publisher: Oxford : Berg, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Presents a detailed examination of the ideological richness of the gangster film thoughout Hollywood's production history. This text explores how the gangster figure has been connected to various cultural and racial identities.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Grieveson; Esther Sonnet; Peter Stanfield
ISBN: 1845203291 9781845203290 1845203305 9781845203306
OCLC Number: 57751382
Description: ix, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Gangsters and governance in the silent era / Lee Grieveson --
Why boys go wrong : gangsters, hoodlums, and the natural history of delinquent careers / Richard Maltby --
Gang busters : the Kefauver Crime Committee and the syndicate films of the 1950s / Ronald W. Wilson --
Ladies love brutes : reclaiming female pleasures in the lost history of Hollywood gangster cycles, 1929-1931 / Esther Sonnet --
A gunsel is being beaten : gangster masculinity and the homoerotics of the crime film, 1941-1942 / Gaylyn Studlar --
Mother Barker : film star and Public Enemy No. 1 / Mary Elizabeth Strunk --
"Good evening gentlemen; can I check your hats please?" : masculinity, dress, and the retro gangster cycles of the 1990s / Esther Sonnet and Peter Stanfield --
Waddaya lookin' at? : rereading the gangster film through The Sopranos / Martha P. Nochimson --
Black hands and white hearts : Southern Italian immigrants, crime, and race in early American cinema / Giorgio Bertellini --
"American as chop suey" : invocations of gangsters in Chinatown, 1920-1936 / Peter Stanfield --
The underworld films of Oscar Micheaux and Ralph Cooper : toward a genealogy of the Black screen gangster / Jonathan Munby --
Walking the streets : Black gangsters and the "abandoned city" in the 1970s blaxploitation cycle / Peter Stanfield.
Responsibility: edited by Lee Grieveson, Esther Sonnet and Peter Stanfield.

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The gangster is perhaps the most potent figure in American cinema. Yet film criticism has focused almost entirely on a few canonical films such as Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and The Godfather  Read more...

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'This book does a fine job at what it sets out to do - to redefine the American gangster genre.'William Luhr, Saint Peter's College'Mob Cultures uncovers new aspects of the gangster genre, from its Read more...

 
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