British Crime Film by Barry Forshaw
Subverting the Social Order (Crime Files)

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In this scholarly but lively survey of British crime films from the 1940s to the present day, Forshaw tracks down the ways in which the genre has offered "keen insights into the society of the day"
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Presenting a social history of British crime film, this book focuses on the strategies used in order to address more radical notions surrounding class, politics, sex, delinquency, violence and censorship. Spanning post-war crime cinema to present-day "Mockney" productions, it contextualizes the films and identifies important and neglected works.
 

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BARRY FORSHAW is the UK's principal expert on crime fiction, and writes extensively on film. His Death in a Cold Climate: A Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction was praised by such writers as Val McDermid, Mark Lawson and Håkan Nesser; his other work includes British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, along with books on Italian cinema, a study of Thomas Harris and The Silence of the Lambs and the first biography of Stieg Larsson. He has written for various national newspapers, edits Crime Time, and is a talking head for ITV and BBC TV documentaries. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.
 
Published September 20, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 252 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by PD Smith on Nov 06 2012

In this scholarly but lively survey of British crime films from the 1940s to the present day, Forshaw tracks down the ways in which the genre has offered "keen insights into the society of the day"

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