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The Heist

Paul Elliott

in Studying the British Crime Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906733742
eISBN:
9781800342125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906733742.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter evaluates the British heist film. The heist movie is more than a film about robbery and financial gain; it is a carefully constructed generic type that developed in the late 1950s and ... More


The Question of Genre

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the genre of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Nolan changed his mind several times about what kind of film he wanted to make. This led him to view the material at ... More


A Little Larceny: Labor, Leisure, and Loyalty in the ’50s Noir Heist Film

Mark Osteen

in Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038594
eISBN:
9780252096518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038594.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter looks at the '50s heist picture—a subgenre of '50s gangster noir—examining John Huston's Asphalt Jungle (1950). In Huston's film, the criminal gang resembles nothing so much as a ... More


Introductory Remarks

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Inception blurs the distinctions between various genres. It is considered as science fiction although it does ... More


I Died a Million Times: Gangster Noir in Midcentury America

Robert Miklitsch

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043611
eISBN:
9780252052491
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043611.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The Age of Affluence. Ike and Mamie. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. In the United States, the 1950s have been memorialized as the Pax Americana. A similar stereotypical view has characterized the ... More


The Asphalt Jungle: The City under the City

Robert Miklitsch

in I Died a Million Times: Gangster Noir in Midcentury America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780252043611
eISBN:
9780252052491
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043611.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

If the syndicate picture privileges the system while the rogue cop film valorizes the individual, the “big caper” movie represents something of a synthesis. On one hand, the heist picture reposits ... More


Critical Reception

David Carter

in Inception

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the critical reception of Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010). Rarely in the press and media is popular cinema, of which Inception is surely an example, subject to rigorous ... More


Inception

David Carter

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325055
eISBN:
9781800342187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325055.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) is a difficult film to categorize. It partakes of various genres, blurring the distinctions between them. It is science fiction, but it does not contain many of ... More


Kiss the Blood Off My Hands: On Classic Film Noir

Robert Miklitsch (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038594
eISBN:
9780252096518
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038594.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Consider the usual view of film noir: endless rainy nights populated by down-at-the-heel boxers, writers, and private eyes stumbling toward inescapable doom while stalked by crooked cops and cheating ... More


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