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Film and the Law: The Cinema of Justice 2nd ed isbn 9781841137254

Film and the Law

ISBN13: 9781859416396
ISBN: 185941639X
New Edition ISBN: 9781841137254
Published: July 2001
Publisher: Routledge-Cavendish
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

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Film and the Law is concerned with the phenomena of films about law, lawyers and justice. These have a long and distinguished history ranging from the classic Young Mr Lincoln in 1939 to the contemporary Erin Brockovich. The book examines the major theoretical perspectives within which 20th century work on law and film has appeared and analyses the problem of how law films can be classified. It provides a critical review of the work produced to date before proceeding to analyse the general features and ideology of law films.

Apart from reviewing the way law and lawyers are portrayed in film generally, the book covers areas such as the use of true stories as the basis for film, the limited portrayals of judges and juries and the role of what we have termed invisible lawyers. In addition, the influence of film noir and particularly private eyes is examined along with an analysis of the Film and the Law concludes by examining future developments for film and the law and how its future terrain might be mapped.

General Interest
Legal film - themes and issues; locating film and law - themes and perspectives; law and lawyers and legal film; presumed accurate? - fact, fiction and the legal process; missing (in) action - judges and juries; alternative fora; the specificity of legal film; trial movies; private eyes and the public interest; cyber law.