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Crime films


  • Here are entered works on fictional films that feature the commission and investigation of crimes.

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    • Criminal films
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    • found: Moving image genre-form guide online, February 11, 2008:(Crime: fictional work depicting a narrative descent into the underworld of syndicates, criminals, and their lawless activities, such as the drug trade, or bootlegging during the Prohibition era. The plot turns on such questions as how a criminal will be caught or who stole the object of value ... Use more specific types of the crime formula when possible, such as Caper, Film Noir, Gangster, Mystery, Police, or Thriller, if one of those aspects is the primary situation or character. For true crime, use Reality-based)
    • found: Yee, M.M. Moving image materials, 1988:p. 39 (Crime films and programs: use for fictional genre films and programs which focus on the commission and investigation of crime. NT: Caper films and programs, Detective films and programs, Film noir, Gangster films and programs, Legal films and programs, Mysteries, Police films and programs, Prison films and programs)
    • found: Lopez, D. Films by genre, 1993:p. 65-69 (Crime film; Crime drama; Criminal film: crime films are one of the most important genres of the cinema. Crime is, however, a vast subject and crime film too broad a label embracing many subgenres ... Some of these subgenres have developed ... into full genres ... others are in the process of doing so ... Caper film, Conspiracy film, Exposé film, Film noir, Gangster film, Giallo, Lawyer film, Motorcycle movie, Mystery film, Police film, Prison film, Private detective film, Psychopathic thriller, Social consciousness film, Spy film, Thriller, Vice film, Vigilante film, Whodunit, Juvenile delinquent films)
    • found: Leitch, T. Crime films, 2002:p. 1-17 (The crime film is a stronger genre ... than the criminal subgenres ... not only because its scope is by definition broader than theirs, but because ... the problem that defines it as a genre places the film noir and the gangster film in a more sharply illuminated context by showing that each of those is a part of a coherent larger project ... Crime films present as their defining subject a crime culture that depends on normalizing the unspeakable, a place where crime is both shockingly disruptive and completely normal ... the genre of crime films includes all films that focus on any of the three parties to a crime--criminal, victim, avenger, while exploring the parties links to the other two)
  • LC Classification

    • PN1995.9.C66
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on fictional films that feature the commission and investigation of crimes.
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    • 2008-03-05: new
    • 2015-12-02: revised
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