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The New American Crime Film
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Thankfully, "The New American Crime Film," published by McFarland & Company, shows that the genre has been alive and well outside of the microcosm that is Tarantino. It focuses on a rather inclusive list of movies made between the years 1998 - 2010. The author teaches film at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He also edits for the magazine Film Threat and the website Identity Theory among others. Basically, he knows his stuff. He also writes in a smart and accessible way. This helps to better appreciate movies you have already seen and thought you knew while, at the same time, fosters interest in the ones you may not have seen (yet). Mr. Sorrento deftly references past works, such as Billy Wilder's 1944 classic "Double Indemnity," and their impact on modern movies like Woody Allen's brilliant "Matchpoint" (2005) albeit an inverted influence in that instance. His approach is both absorbing and fresh.Read more ›
Matthew Sorrento analyses many directors. There are: Gus Van Sant, David Mamet, Werner Herzog, Sam Raimi, Andrew Jarecki, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher, and of course the Coen Brothers. I certainly wouldn't associate some of them with the genre. There are also my all time favorite filmmakers - David Cronenberg and David Lynch.
Now I know that the crime movies are not just about crime, its detection, criminals and their motives. And no, I don't think I ever wanted to be a criminal like Stuart Gordon suggests. There's something more in crime movies that's fascinating me - sensibility, deeper truth, surrealism, also noir elements. Something that expose our deepest fears, tapping into each individual. Wherever there's something that's unknown, it has a pull to it.
This book is well worth noticing and noting. I really enjoyed it and waiting for more.