Death Wish (Deep Focus)

Death Wish (Deep Focus) by Christopher Sorrentino 1593762895 9781593762896
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Deep Focusis a series of film books with a fresh approach. Take the smartest, liveliest writers in contemporary letters and let them loose on the most vital and popular corners of cinema history: midnight movies, the New Hollywood of the sixties and seventies, film noir, screwball comedies, international cult classics, and more. Passionate and idiosyncratic, each volume ofDeep Focusis long-form criticism thats relentlessly provocative and entertaining. Christopher Sorrentinos examination ofDeath Wishis the second entry in the series. The fourth collaboration between director Michael Winner and actor Charles Bronson,Death Wishwas the apotheosis of a succession of films hitting screens during the seventiesincludingBullitt,Dirty Harry, andWalking Tallthat tacked against a prevailing liberal wind in Hollywood cinema. Exploiting audience fears of a bestial other infesting American cities, and explicitly linking law and order with a pastoral ideal of the Old West (and exurban subdivisions), its glib endorsement of vigilantism infuriated liberal critics even as it filled theaters with cheering audiences. Sorrentino examinesDeath Wishin its various contextsas movie, as provocation, as social commentary, as political tautology, and as depiction of urban lifeand considers its lasting influence on cinema.      

Author: Christopher Sorrentino

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 128

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

Publication Date: 2010-11-01

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