The main idea of this book is to study a number of well-known prison films from an analytical and historical perspective. The prison movie is not only its own separate genre, it is also a unique one at that. In addition to surveying the genre from 1930-2000, the book deconstructs twelve films in great detail through full annotated summaries based on the codes and conventions of the proposed genre.
Acknowledgements; Foreword; Preface; Introduction: Defining the Prison Movie Genre; 1. The Gangster in Jail: Prison Movies of the 1930s and 1940s; 2. From Pre-Code: Exploited Women-in-Prison Films; 3. Behind Enemy Bars: The World War II POW Film; 4. No Such Thing as Bad Boys: The Reform School Film; 5. Bad Machines: The Asylum Film; 6. Three Genres on the Inside: The Western, Science Fiction, and Action/Adventure Prison Films; 7. Mean Machines: The Sports Film Behind Bars; 8. Between The Rock and a Hard Place: The Alcatraz Movie; 9. Partners in Crime: The Prison Comedy; 10. Three Prison Film Auteurs: Stuart Rosenberg, Alan Parker, and Frank Darabont; Conclusion: The Prison Film in the Millennium and Beyond; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.