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Hardboiled Hollywood
Décharné, Max.
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Publication Information:
Harpenden, Herts. : No Exit Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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PN1995.9.D4 D43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Kiss Me Deadly, Bonnie & Clyde, Get Carter, Little Caesar, Goodfellas - these films may be classics, but their origins are often far less familiar. This book provides a chance to compare the sources with the original films, looking at everything from pulp novels to real-life criminals, and placing the films in the context of the times in which they were made. From The Big Sleep to Point Blank, The Godfather to LA Confidential, HARDBOILED HOLLYWOOD takes you behind the scenes at the scene of the crime. Includes 8 pages of illustrations.

Author Notes

Max Decharne was born in England, and can still speak English when his business demands it. He has flung various books and records at the public, and travelled the world, firstly as a member of Gallon Drunk, and since 1995 with The Flaming Stars. He is a regular contributor to Mojo, and divides his drinking time between London and Berlin

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Booklist Review

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand was Raymond Chandler's advice to pulp-fiction writers. Chandler's witticism is central to the main theme of this freewheeling work of film criticism and social history. Decharne shows how the guys with guns have jump-started the Hollywood money machine from The Great Train Robbery on, despite screams of protest from pressure groups like the Hays Office and the Legion of Decency. Thirteen chapters focus on classic individual crime films, ranging from Little Caesar to L.A. Confidential. Each chapter analyzes the ways movies translated the news (Chicago gangsters, the Mafia, serial killers) into hardboiled dramas and gives fascinating details about filming and the struggles over censorship. With reprints of lurid pulp-novel covers and movie posters and a bibliography including books, articles, and the commentary from Get Carter and L.A. Confidential. Vastly entertaining and informative. --Connie Fletcher Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Opening Shotp. 11
Scene of the Crimep. 13
Little Caesarp. 32
The Big Sleepp. 50
In a Lonely Placep. 68
Kiss Me, Deadlyp. 81
Hell is a Cityp. 94
Psychop. 106
Point Blankp. 116
Bonnie and Clydep. 132
Get Carterp. 153
Dillingerp. 172
La Confidentialp. 186
Evidencep. 206
Indexp. 225