Lights, Camera, Execution!: Cinematic Portrayals of Capital Punishment fills a prominent void in the existing film studies and death penalty literature. Each chapter focuses on a particular cinematic portrayal of the death penalty in the United States. Some of the analyzed films are well-known Hollywood blockbusters, such as Dead Man Walking (1995); others are more obscure, such as the made-for-television movie Murder in Coweta County (1983). By contrasting different portrayals where appropriate and identifying themes common to many of the studied films - such as the concept of dignity and the role of race (and racial discrimination) - the volume strengthens the reader's ability to engage in comparative analysis of topics, stories, and cinematic techniques. Written by three professors with extensive experience teaching, and writing about the death penalty, film studies, and criminal justice, Lights, Camera, Execution! is deliberately designed for both classroom use and general readership.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Murder in Coweta County: no man is above the law The thin blue line: the search for truth Dead man walking: redemption for the guilty The life of David Gale: a paradoxical execution A lesson before dying: a dignified date with death The green mile: an extraordinary look into death row The chamber: "take a deep breath" Last dance: a tango between life and death Monster's ball: understanding the broader impact
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Print version: Knowles, Helen J., 1973- Lights, camera, execution! Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books,