American Prison Film Since 1930: From the Big House to the Shawshank Redemption (Annotated edition)

American Prison Film Since 1930: From the Big House to the Shawshank Redemption (Annotated edition)

By: David Gonthier (author)Hardback

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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.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773458338
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9780773458338
  • ISBN10: 0773458336
  • edition: Annotated edition

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