Jack Shadoian (essay date 1977)
SOURCE: "The Genre's 'Enlightenment', the Stress and Strain for Affirmation: Force of Evil (1948)," in Dreams and Dead Ends: The American Gangster/Crime Film, The MIT Press, 1977, pp. 134-48.
[Shadoian is an American critic and educator who has written extensively on various aspects of the cinema. In the following excerpt, he analyzes Force of Evil as an example of the gangster film, arguing that the conventions of the genre provide an apt framework for the main thematic focus of Polonsky's work, namely a...
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