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Violence and corruption sell big, especially since the birth of action cinema, but even from cinemaa€™s earliest days, the public has been delighted to be stunned by screen representations of negativity in all its formsa€”evil, monstrosity, corruption, ugliness, villainy, and darkness. Bad examines the long line of thieves, rapists, varmints, codgers, dodgers, manipulators, exploiters, conmen, killers, vamps, liars, demons, cold-blooded megalomaniacs, and warmhearted flakes that populate cinematic narrative. From Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley, the contributors consider a wide range of genres and use a variety of critical approaches to examine evil, villainy, and immorality in twentieth-century film.Examines the many forms of cinematic aquot;badnessaquot; over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Author:Murray Pomerance
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2004


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