The Heist Film

Stealing with Style

Daryl Lee

Wallflower Press

The Heist Film

Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9780231169691

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00£16.99

Pub Date: March 2014

ISBN: 9780231850582

144 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $19.99£16.99

The Heist Film

Stealing with Style

Daryl Lee

Wallflower Press

A concise introduction to the genre about that one last big score, The Heist Film: Stealing With Style traces this crime thriller's development as both a dramatic and comic vehicle growing out of film noir (Criss Cross, The Killers, The Asphalt Jungle), mutating into sleek capers in the 1960s (Ocean's Eleven, Gambit, How to Steal a Million) and splashing across screens in the 2000s in remake after remake (The Thomas Crown Affair, The Italian Job, The Good Thief). Built around a series of case studies (Rififi, Bob le Flambeur, The Killing, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Getaway, the Ocean's trilogy), this volume explores why directors of such varied backgrounds, from studio regulars (Siodmak, Crichton, Siegel, Walsh and Wise) to independents (Anderson, Fuller, Kubrick, Ritchie and Soderbergh), are so drawn to this popular genre.
The most sustained analysis of this neglected genre to date. This volume lifts the big caper or heist film from the generic limbo in which it has for too long languished. It deftly demonstrates the heist film's dual generic function as anti-insititution social message and as ongoing address about the place of art in society. Barry Keith Grant, Brock University
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Heist as Genre
1. Origins: The Noir Heist
2. Foundations: The Noir Heist and its Satire as Aesthetic Parables
3. Conventions: The Heist Adapts its Message
4. Returns: Perpetuating the Myth of Originality in the Remake
Select Filmography
Select Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Daryl Lee is Associate Professor of French at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on nineteenth-century French lyric poetry, the city, and urban culture in film, literature, and film theory.