Dashiell Hammett and the Movies by William H. Mooney

By William H. Mooney

because the father of the hardboiled detective style, Dashiell Hammett had a massive impact on Hollywood. but, you'll be able to fail to remember how adaptable Hammett’s paintings was once, becoming right into a number of genres and encouraging generations of filmmakers.

Dashiell Hammett and the Movies bargains the 1st entire examine Hammett’s wide oeuvre and the way it was once tailored into movies from the Thirties the entire approach into the Nineteen Nineties. movie student William H. Mooney unearths 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 reputation now not throughout the style such a lot 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 ebook culminates in an exam of the Coen brothers’ pastiche Miller’s Crossing

Mooney not just offers us with an in-depth research of Hammett variations, he additionally chronicles how Hollywood enabled the author’s personal upward push to stardom, whole with a star romance and a delicately crafted public character. Giving us a behind-the-scenes examine the complicated energy relationships, cultural contexts, and construction issues interested by bringing Hammett’s paintings from the web page to the display, Dashiell Hammett and the Movies deals a clean tackle a literary titan. 

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