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Mythology of crime

by Máté Csóka
The credits for this theoretical table I made, belong mostly to film-aesthete Király Jenő. I.Gangsterfilms: DW. Griffith: The Muskeeters of Pig Alley (1912) (o) Mervyn LeRoy: Little Ceasar (1931) William A. Wellman: The Public Enemy (1931) (o) Howard Hawks: Scarface (1932) (o) Raoul Walsh: The Roaring Twenties (1939) (o) Raoul Walsh: High Sierra (1941) Gordon Wiles: The Gangster (1947) John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle (1950) James Landis: The Sadist (1963) Jean-Luc Godard: Band of Outsiders (1964) Arthur Penn: Bonnie and Clyde (1967) Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather (1972) Martin Scorsese: Mean Streets (1973) (o) Francis Ford Coppola: The… Read more

The credits for this theoretical table I made, belong mostly to film-aesthete Király Jenő.

I.Gangsterfilms:
DW. Griffith: The Muskeeters of Pig Alley (1912) (o)
Mervyn LeRoy: Little Ceasar (1931)
William A. Wellman: The Public Enemy (1931) (o)
Howard Hawks: Scarface (1932) (o)
Raoul Walsh: The Roaring Twenties (1939) (o)
Raoul Walsh: High Sierra (1941)
Gordon Wiles: The Gangster (1947)
John Huston: The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
James Landis: The Sadist (1963)
Jean-Luc Godard: Band of Outsiders (1964)
Arthur Penn: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather (1972)
Martin Scorsese: Mean Streets (1973) (o)
Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather II (1974)
Robert Altman: Thieves Like Us (1974)
Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather III (1990)
Joel Cohen: Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Leos Carax: The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
John Woo: Hard Boiled (1992)
Takeshi Kitano: Sonatine (1993)
Oliver Stone: Natural Born Killers (1994)
Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Kim Ki-duk: Crocodile (1996)
Kim Ki-duk: Wild Animals (1996)
John Woo: Face/Off (1997)
Srjdan Dragojevic: The Wounds (1998)
Jim Jarmusch: Ghost Dog (1999)
Steven Soderberg: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Kwak kyung-taek: Friend (2001)
Kim Ki-duk: Bad Guy (2001)
Fernando Meirelles: City of God (2002)
Doug Liman: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

II. Mystery:
John Huston: Maltese Falcon (1941)
Howard Hawks: The Big Sleep (1946)
Jacques Tourner: Out of the Past (1947)
Alfred Hitchcock: Rope (1948)
Akira Kurosawa: Rashomon (1950)
Alfred Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954)
Sidney Lumet: 12 Angry Men (1957)
Fyodor Khitruk: Story of One Crime (1962)
Michelangelo Antonioni: Blow-Up (1966)
Sidney Lumet: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Jacques Rivette: Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)
Claude Chabrol: Innocents with Dirty Hands (1975)
Robert Moore: Murder by Death (1976)
Peter Greenaway: The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
Robert Altman: Gosford Park (2001)

III. Thriller:
Fritz Lang: M (1931)
Alfred Hitchcock: Spellbound (1945)
Alfred Hitchcock: Notiorious (1946)
Alfred Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train (1951)
Stanley Kubrick: Killer’s Kiss (1955)
Henri-Georges Clouzot: Diabolique (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (o)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Wrong Man (1956) (o)
Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958)
Alfred Hitchcock: North by Northwest (1959)
Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman: Jack the Ripper (1959) (o)
Michael Powell: Peeping Tom (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock: Psycho (1960)
Mario Bava: Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) (o)
Karel Kachina: The Ear (1970)
Steven Spielberg: Duel (1971)
Sergio Martino: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)
Francesco Barilli: The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974)
Dario Argento: Deep Red (1975)
Brian De Palma: Dressed to Kill (1980)
Dario Argento: Tenebre (1982)
Joseph Ruben: Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Paul Verhoeven: Basic Instinct (1992)
Dario Argento: Trauma (1993)
David Fincher: Seven (1995)
David Fincher: Fight Club (1999)
Cristi Puiu: Stuff and Dough (2001)
Lars von Trier: Godville (2003)
Robert Rodriguer: Sin City (2005)
Satoshi Kon: Paprika (2006)
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck: The Lives of Others (2006)
Ang Lee: Lust, Caution (2007)

IV. Slasher:
Jancsó Miklós: The Red and The White (1967)
Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
John Carpenter: Halloween (1978)
Abel Ferrara: The Driller Killer (1979)
Sean S. Cunningham: Friday the 13th (1980)
Tony Maylam: The Burning (1981)
Wes Craven: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Jack Sholder: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
Scott Spiegel: Intruder (1989)
Wes Craven: Scream (1996)
Michael Haneke: Funny Games (1997)
Keenen Ivory Wayans: Scary Movie (2000)
Mary Harron: American Psycho (2000)
Nick Hamm. The Hole (2001)
Patty Jenkins: Monster (2003)
Gus van Sant: Elephant (2003)
Takashi Miike, Fruit Chan and Park Chan-wook: Three… Extremes (2004)

V. Revenge or „the good serialkiller”:
Francois Truffaut: The Bride Wore Black (1968)
Meir Zarchi: I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
Park Chan-wook: Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Park Chan-wook: Oldboy (2003)
Quentin Tarantino: Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
Park Chan-wook: Lady Vengeance (2005)

VI. Film noir: (crime + melodrama)
Yevgeny Bauer: Twilight of a Woman’s Soul (1913)
Fritz Lang: You Only Live Once (1937)
Boris Ingster: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
John Huston: Maltese Falcon (1941)
Raoul Walsh: High Sierra (1941)
George Waggner: The Wolf Man (1941)
Jacuqes Tourner: Cat People (1942)
Billy Wilder: Double Indemnity (1944)
George Cukor: Gaslight (1944)
Edgar G. Ulmer: Detour (1945)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Somewhere in the Night (1946)
Howard Hawks: The Big Sleep (1946)
Jacques Tourner: Out of the Past (1947)
Robert Montgomery: Lady in the Lake (1947)
Gordon Wiles: The Gangster (1947)
Fritz Lang: Secret Beyond the Door (1947)
Alfred Hitchcock: Strangers on a Train (1951)
Gertler Viktor: Gázolás (1955)
Stanley Kubrick: The Killing (1956)
Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958)
Jean-Luc Godard: Breathless (1960)
Francois Truffaut: Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
John Boorman: Point Blank (1967)
Robert Mulligan: The Nickel Ride (1974)
Roman Polanski: Chinatown (1974)
Arthur Penn: Night Moves (1975)
Martin Scorsese: Taxi Driver (1976)
Robert Moore: The Cheap Detective (1978)
Walter Hill: The Driver (1978)
William Friedkin: Cruising (1980)
Wim Wenders: Hammett (1982)
Carl Reiner: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
Joel Cohen: Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Wong Kar-wai: Fallen Angels (1995)
Steven Soderbergh: Underneath (1995)
Christopher Nolan: Memento (2000)
David Lynch: Mullholland Drive (2001)
D. Jud Jones and Risto Topaloski: Film Noir (2007)
Nicolas Winding Refn: Drive (2011)

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