William H. Mooney's Dashiell Hammett and the Movies PDF

By William H. Mooney

because the father of the hardboiled detective style, Dashiell Hammett had an important impact on Hollywood. but, one can put out of your mind how adaptable Hammett’s paintings was once, becoming right into a number of genres and encouraging generations of filmmakers.

Dashiell Hammett and the Movies deals the 1st entire examine Hammett’s wide oeuvre and the way it was once tailored into motion pictures from the Thirties the entire manner into the Nineteen Nineties. movie student William H. Mooney finds the wide variety of flicks made from a similar Hammett novels, as while The Maltese Falcon was once filmed first as a pre-Code sexploitation motion picture, then as a Bette Davis screwball comedy, and at last because the Humphrey Bogart vintage. He additionally considers how Hammett rose to Hollywood status now not in the course of the style so much linked to him, yet via a miles fizzier concoction, the witty homicide secret The skinny Man. to illustrate the carry Hammett nonetheless has over modern filmmakers, the publication culminates in an exam of the Coen brothers’ pastiche Miller’s Crossing

Mooney not just presents us with an in-depth research of Hammett variations, he additionally chronicles how Hollywood enabled the author’s personal upward push to stardom, entire with a star romance and a delicately crafted public personality. Giving us a behind-the-scenes examine the complicated strength relationships, cultural contexts, and creation issues excited by bringing Hammett’s paintings from the web page to the reveal, Dashiell Hammett and the Movies bargains a clean tackle a literary titan. 

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