"The Big Heat "first appeared in 1953, towards the end of the film noir cycle that had begun in the early '40s. It was greeted in the United States and Britain as a successful but modest product of the Hollywood system, "slickly written and directed" in the words of one critic. Only the extreme violence, as in the infamous scalding coffee scene, was singled out for special mention. Yet by the time the film was reissued in Britain in 1988 it had achieved undisputed classic status.How had this transformation come about? Colin McArthur takes "The Big Heat "as a case study in film criticism. He examines the film's changing critical fortunes under the influence of the so called auteur theory, and shows how other intellectual currents led to a reassessment of Lang's work in the 1970s. McArthur provides his own perceptive analysis of the film in the light of these revolutions in film criticism.About the Author:
Colin McArthur's writings include "Underworld USA, Television and History ," and "Scotch Reels." He divides his time between running a picture library in London and directing the centre for Scottish Popular Culture at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.
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Descripción British Film Institute, 1992. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0851703429
Descripción British Film Institute, 1992. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. New item. Nº de ref. de la librería QX-065-92-1140801
Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97808517034281.0
Descripción British Film Institute, 1992. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110851703429