Scenes of the Crime: Movies on the Investigative Process and Criminal Mind

Films have a rich history in capturing the entirety of crime scenes, both correctly — and incorrectly, because each of these professions have different end goals (artistic expression vs. investigative law enforcement.) We will view four major films which focus on specific crimes (sometimes realistically violent), to study the convergence of crime, investigation and cinema: The Accused (1988); Silence of the Lambs (1991); The Usual Suspects (1995); and LA Confidential (1997). This course may lead to a trilogy of courses on criminals in film, with additional courses on con artist films and the prison films.
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