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Paul Newland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082252

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082252.001.0001

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Old cities, new towns: criminality and cruelty

Old cities, new towns: criminality and cruelty

(p.195) 8 Old cities, new towns: criminality and cruelty
British films of the 1970s

Paul Newland

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the ways in which a range of films shot in New Towns or other suburban locations in Britain during the 1970s offer evidence of shifts in representations of criminal behaviour which can be tied to the apparent modern ‘newness’ of these locations. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which the film The Offence employs location shooting and impressively designed interiors (shot in the studio) in order to evoke a rapidly changing nation which is unsure of how to police itself. The chapter develops in order to examine how far crime and gangster films of the period such as The Squeeze and Get Carter often depict cruelty being meted out to young, innocent characters, and places these representations within socio-cultural context.

Keywords:   The Offence, Get Carter, The Squeeze, Crime films, Gangster films, Production design, Location shooting, New Towns, Bracknell

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