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Author Rubin, Martin, 1947-

Title Thrillers / Martin Rubin
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999


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Description xiv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Genres in American cinema
Genres in American cinema.
Contents Pt. I. Approaches. 1. Introduction. 2. Critical Overview. Charles Derry, Ralph Harper, Jerry Palmer: Thrillers in General. G. K. Chesterton: The Transformed City. Northrop Frye: Heroic Romance and the Low-Mimetic Mode. John G. Cawelti: The Exotic. W. H. Matthews: Mazes and Labyrinths. Pascal Bonitzer: Partial Vision. Lars Ole Sauerberg: Concealment and Protraction. Noel Carroll: The Question-Answer Model -- Pt. II. Historical Overview. 3. Formative Period. Precinematic Forerunners: Fiction, Melodrama, Amusement Parks. Attraction Films and Chase Films. D. W. Griffith and the Rise of Narrative Film. Evolution of the American Serial. Louis Feuillade and the French Serial. Fritz Lang and the Thriller Metropolis. German Expressionism. Harold Lloyd and the Comedy of Thrills. Monsters of the Early 1930s. 4. Classical Period. Alfred Hitchcock and the Rise of the Spy Film. Detective Films of the 1940s. Film Noir. Semidocumentary Crime Films. Anticommunist Spy Films. The Flawed-Cop Cycle
Syndicate-Gangster Films. Science-Fiction Thrillers and Monster Movies. Hitchcock's Golden Period. 5. Modern Period. European Influences, American Censorship, and Heist Films. The French New Wave. James Bond in the 1960s. Mock-Bond and Anti-Bond. Supercops. Black Action Films. Revisionist Thrillers. Conspiracies and Other Disasters. Splatter. Stalkers. Neo-Noir -- Pt. III. Film Analyses. 6. The Detective Thriller: The Kennel Murder Case (1933), The Big Sleep (1946). 7. The Psychological Crime Thriller: Strangers on a Train (1951). 8. The Spy Thriller: Man Hunt (1941). 9. The Police Thriller: The French Connection (1971). 10. Conclusion. Categorization. Hybridization. Emotionalization. Contextualization
Summary "Thrillers provides the first comprehensive, in-depth treatment of the movie thriller, from silent serials to stalker films, from Alfred Hitchcock to Quentin Tarantino, from The Great Train Robbery to L.A. Confidential. Martin Rubin's accessible, wide-ranging volume - designed to appeal to students and general filmgoers alike - shows how this visceral, supercharged genre has employed suspense, speed, and sensation to keep us on the edge of our seats throughout a century of American cinema."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Filmography: pages 287-300
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-286) and index
Subject Suspense in motion pictures, television, etc.
Thrillers (Motion pictures) -- History and criticism.
Detective and mystery films -- History and criticism.
Police films -- History and criticism.
Spy films -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Suspense in motion pictures, television, etc.
LC no. 98038139
ISBN 0521581834
0521588391 paperback