Movies on Trial : The Legal System on the Silver Screen (Hardcover)

Author: Chase, Anthony

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Publisher Perseus Distribution Services
Mfg Part# 9781565847002
SKU 30956770
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1565847008
Release Date 6/1/2002
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.5T
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Annotation Law professor and journalist Chase analyzes the ways that movies have influenced the American public's impression of the legal system, exploring how the cinema has both accurately and, more often than not, inaccurately portrayed everything from international law to Miranda warnings.
Editors Note An absorbing and unexpected analysis of the way popular films influence our view of the law. The popular culture of American law has never played a larger role than it does today in shaping the way we think about lawyers and the legal system. Our very definition of justice is now inseparable from motion picture and television images and popular legal narratives, from Hollywood westerns and O. J. Simpson to Law and Order and John Grisham. In Movies on Trial, law professor and movie aficionado Anthony Chase sorts out some of the complex and often contradictory notions Americans have about the legal system. He uses movies to investigate and inventory many of our deepest beliefs about law and politics, and provides a strong historical and intellectual context throughout. Analyzing Dirty Harry and True Believer for their commentary on the Miranda ruling and criminal procedure, and explaining tort law via The Verdict and A Civil Action, Chase also employs Three Kings to reveal changes in international law and The Rise to Power of Louis XIV to explore the rise of the modern state. Through the lens of film, he is able to describe and analyze the symbiosis between the image of law and its actual practice in our cultural imagination, in a genuinely illuminating and entertaining book.|Movies discussed include:|All the President's Men • Anatomy of a Murder • Ben and Me • A Civil Action • Dirty Harry • Erin Brockovich • Fight Club • The Gingerbread Man • Heart of Glass • Italy: Year One • Johnny Tremain • Judgment at Nuremberg • A Man for All Seasons • The Marriage of Maria Braun • The Parallax View • The Rainmaker • Revolution • The Rise to Power of Louis XIV • Silkwood • Three Kings • Touch of Evil • Traffic/Traffik • True Believer • The Verdict • Wilson • Young Mr. Lincoln
Editors Note 2 The popular culture of American law has never played a larger role than it does today in shaping the way we think about lawyers and the legal system. Our very definition of justice is now inseparable from motion picture and television images and popular legal narratives, from Hollywood westerns and O. J. Simpson to Law and Order and John Grisham. In Movies on Trial, law professor and movie aficionado Anthony Chase sorts out some of the complex and often contradictory notions Americans have about the legal system. He uses movies to investigate and inventory many of our deepest beliefs about law and politics, and provides a strong historical and intellectual context throughout. Analyzing Dirty Harry and True Believer for their commentary on the Miranda ruling and criminal procedure, and explaining tort law via The Verdict and A Civil Action, Chase also employs Three Kings to reveal changes in international law and The Rise to Power of Louis XIV to explore the rise of the modern state. Through the lens of film, he is able to describe and analyze the symbiosis between the image of law and its actual practice in our cultural imagination, in a genuinely illuminating and entertaining book.|
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0204
Publisher New Press
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