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Thrillers (Genres in American Cinema)

Thrillers (Genres in American Cinema)

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Martin Rubin
Cambridge University Press
Edition: illustrated edition, 6/10/1999
EAN 9780521581837, ISBN10: 0521581834

Hardcover, 336 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

The thriller is perhaps the most popular and widespread movie genre - and the most difficult to define. Thrillers can contain gangsters or ghosts, space helmets or fedoras. They charge our familiar world with a spirit of exotic, old-fashioned adventure. They give us pleasure by making us uncomfortable - on the edge of our seats.Thrillers provides a comprehensive treatment of this genre, from silent serials to stalker films, from Alfred Hitchcock to Quentin Tarantino, from The Great Train Robbery to L.A. Confidential. This accessible, wide-ranging volume is designed to appeal to students and general filmgoers alike, and shows how this visceral, double-faced film genre has aroused our intense sensations throughout decades of American cinema.

1. Introduction
2. Critical overview
3. Historical/cultural overview
4. The detective thriller
5. The psychological crime thriller
6. The spy thriller
7. The police thriller.