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In the words of Richard Maltby . . . "Maximum Movies--Pulp Fictions describes two improbably imbricated worlds and the piece of cultural history their intersections provoked." One of these worlds comprises a clutch of noisy, garish pulp movies--Kiss Me Deadly, Shock Corridor, Fixed Bayonets!, I Walked with a Zombie, The Lineup, Terror in a Texas Town, Ride Lonesome--pumped out for the grind houses at the end of the urban exhibition chain by the studios' B-divisions and fly-by-night independents. The other is occupied by critics, intellectuals, cinephiles, and filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Manny Farber, and Lawrence Alloway, who championed the cause of these movies and incited the cultural guardians of the day by attacking a rigorously policed canon of tasteful, rarified, and ossified art objects. Against the legitimate, and in defense of the illegitimate, in an insolent and unruly manner, they agitated for the recognition of lurid sensational crime stories, war pictures, fast-paced Westerns, thrillers, and gangster melodramas were claimed as examples of the true, the real, and the authentic in contemporary culture--the foundation upon which modern film studies sits.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-2
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  1. Introduction: Yours till the Boys Come Home
  2. pp. 3-11
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  1. 1. Position Papers: In Defense of Pulp Movies
  2. pp. 12-43
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  1. 2. A Genealogy of Pulp: Black Mask to Mickey Spillane
  2. pp. 44-73
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  1. 3. A World of Small Insanities: The Critical Reception of Kiss Me Deadly
  2. pp. 74-111
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  1. 4. American Primitive: Samuel Fuller’s Pulp Politics
  2. pp. 112-151
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  1. 5. Authenticating Pulp: Jim Thompson Adaptations and Neo-noir
  2. pp. 152-188
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  1. Conclusion: Hiding Out in Cinemas
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-216
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-227
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 228
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813551036
Related ISBN
9780813550619
MARC Record
OCLC
767952964
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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