Law on the Screen (The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, by Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Umphrey

By Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, Martha Umphrey

The proliferation of pictures of legislation, criminal procedures, and officers on tv and in movie is a phenomenon of large importance. Mass-mediated pictures are as strong, pervasive, and demanding as are different early twenty-first-century social forces—e.g. globalization, neo-colonialism, and human rights—in shaping and reworking felony existence. but students have only in the near past started to check how legislations works during this new enviornment and to discover the implications of the illustration of legislation within the relocating photograph. "Law at the Screen" advances our figuring out of the relationship among legislation and picture via examining them as narrative kinds, analyzing movie for its jurisprudential content—that is, its methods of critiquing the current criminal global and imagining an alternate one—and increasing reports of the illustration of legislation in movie to incorporate questions of reception.

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36. , 99–100. 37. David Black, Law in Film: Resonance and Representation (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999). 38. , 2. 39. Ibid. 40. , 56. 24 SARAT, DOUGLAS, AND UMPHREY 41. , 34. 42. Anthony Chase, Movies on Trial: The Legal System on the Silver Screen (New York: The New Press, 2002), xii. 43. , xiii. 44. , xix. 45. , xiii. 46. , 31. 47. , 181. 48. ” 58. 49. , 66. 50. Ibid. 51. , 69. 52. , 46. part i Studies of Representation This page intentionally left blank Cinematic Judgment and Jurisprudence: A Woman’s Memory, Recovery, and Justice in a Post-Traumatic Society (A Study of Polanski’s Death and the Maiden) orit kamir .

Why should one invest in reading films as popular jurisprudential texts? Why explore the judging acts they perform and analyze the social values they constitute for their viewers? One answer is that films are overwhelmingly influential, playing a key role in the construction of individuals and groups in contemporary societies. They reach enormous audiences and, combining narrative and appealing characters with visual imagery and technological achievements, stir deep emotions and leave deep impressions.

Anthony Chase, Movies on Trial: The Legal System on the Silver Screen (New York: The New Press, 2002), xii. 43. , xiii. 44. , xix. 45. , xiii. 46. , 31. 47. , 181. 48. ” 58. 49. , 66. 50. Ibid. 51. , 69. 52. , 46. part i Studies of Representation This page intentionally left blank Cinematic Judgment and Jurisprudence: A Woman’s Memory, Recovery, and Justice in a Post-Traumatic Society (A Study of Polanski’s Death and the Maiden) orit kamir . . how much to acknowledge, whether to punish and how to recover —Martha Minow Introduction Law and Film This chapter’s reading of a feature film demonstrates one type of work facilitated by the developing new field of “law and film,” which this edited collection purports to introduce.

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