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Dave Boothroyd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055980

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.001.0001

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Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity1

Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity1

(p.186) 8 Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity1
Culture on Drugs

Dave Boothroyd

Manchester University Press

This chapter focuses on narcotic modernity and the entry of heroin into motion pictures. It explains that the advent of the cinematic technology provided a new means for the distribution of narco-mythology, and that cinema extended the cultural scope of heroin. The entry of heroin into the world of the moving image began with the 1984 film The Opium Joint. The chapter also analyses generic forms of cinematic heroin, including French Connection, Pulp Fiction and Pandaemonium.

Keywords:   narcotic modernity, heroin, motion pictures, narco-mythology, Opium Joint, French Connection, Pulp Fiction, Pandaemonium, cinematic heroin

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