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Film and the Law: The Cinema of Justice 2nd ed


ISBN13: 9781841137254
Previous Edition ISBN: 185941639X
Published: October 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Described by Richard Sherwin of New York Law School as the law and film movement's 'founding text', this text is a second, heavily revised and improved edition of the original Film and the Law (Cavendish Publishing, 2001).

The book is distinctive in a number of ways; it is unique as a sustained book length exposition on law and film by law scholars; it is distinctive within law and film scholarship in its attempt to plot the parameters of a distinctive genre of law films; its examination of law in film as place and space offers a new way out of the law film genre problem, and also offers an examination of representations of an aspect of legal practice and the legal institution that have not been addressed by other scholars.

It is original in its contribution to work within the wider parameters of law and popular culture and offers a sustained challenge to traditional legal scholarship, amply demonstrating the practical and the pedagogic, as well as the moral and political significance of popular cultural representations of law.

The book is a valuable teaching and learning resource, and is the first in the field to serve as a basic textbook for students of law and film.

Subjects:
General Interest
Contents:
1. Film and the Law: an Orientation
Law and Film Scholarship
Methodology
Language
Empirical Work and Causation
The Heterogeneous Goals of Law and Popular Culture
2. The Penetration of Law and Film
The Framework of Legal Education
Law and Context—the Role of the Socio-legal Imagination
Popular Culture and Law and Popular Culture
The Use(s) of Film
Film and Law Teaching
Law and Film Courses
3. Theoretical underpinnings and physical boundaries—defining the territory
The Dramatic Dimension of Law
Visuality and Image
The Cult of the Robe: Dress and Appearance in Film
Defining the Parameters of Law and Film: Academic Approaches
Inside the Courtroom
The Phases of Law
Conclusion
4. Strictly Courtroom? Law Film and Genre
Critical Aspects of the Courtroom Drama
Laughing at the Law
5. The British Law Film: From Genre to Iconography
Britishness and Film: Protection and Representations
British Law Films
The Iconography of Law
Conclusion
6. Military Justice on Screen
Filming Military Justice
The Scapegoat
The Courtroom Drama in Uniform
Justice and Legality in the Military Context
Conclusion
7. Assessing Cinematic Lawyers (I): Heroes and Villains
The Heroic Lawyer: When Atticus Met Lincoln
Flawed Characters?
Assessing the Good/Bad Categories
8. Assessing Cinematic Lawyers (II): Alternative Categorisations
Introduction
Alternative Categorisations
Conclusion
9. Missing (in) Action (I): Judges
The Invisible Judge
The Corrupt Judge
The Troubled Judge
The Comic Judge
The Political Judge
Judges as Protagonists—the Judge under the Spotlight
10. Missing in Action (II): Juries
The Importance of the Jury
Jury Selection
Jury Deliberation
The Compensatory Jury
Conclusion
11. Fact, Fiction and the Cinema of Justice (I): Presumed Accurate?
Facts, Cases and Lawyers
Documentary Films
Developments in the 21st Century
Who Owns History?
Whose Story?
Conclusion
12. Fact, Fiction and the Cinema of Justice (II): Specificities
Common Themes
13. Love Vigilantes: Private Eyes and Beyond
Vigilantes
Private Eyes
Defining the Private Eye
The Private Eye: Justice and Politics
The Private Eye in Film
Changes in the Private Eye Film
The Existential Hero
Fighting Evil
The Stylites
The Return to the Politics of Everyday Life and Existential Angst
The Postmodern Investigator
Conclusion
14. Playing with a Different Sex
Gender in Film
Gender and the Law in the Cinema
The Visibility of Female Lawyers
Narrative Tropes and Female Lawyers
Subservience in Action
Emotional Dependence
The Repressed Daughter
Professional Inadequacy
The Changing Role of Female Lawyers
The Woman Lawyer as a Discreet Object of Desire?
Competent Counsel in US Films of the 1980s
The Woman Lawyer in the Supporting Cast
The Demise of the Political
Rebecka Martinsson: An Alternative Role for Women Lawyers?
The Politics of Gender in Legal Films
Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Portrayals
15. Minority Report? Ethnicity in Film
Ethnic Minority Representation in Film
Race in British Film: The Imperialist Era
Foreignness on the Home Front
The Question of Integration
The Black and Asian British Experience
Ethnicity and the Law Film
Ethnic Minority Lawyers
Conclusion
16. Future Trajectories and Possibilities
Sometimes I Fantasize: Celestial Justice
Cyber Justice
Safe European Home? Law and Film in Europe
France
Germany
Spain
Current Debates
Future Directions
Bibliography
Index