Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2006 - Performing Arts - 361 pages
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From the earliest days of the movies, filmmakers have turned to the courtroom for stories because it is an ideal setting for both drama and comedy. Fans of those courtroom movies can turn to Reel Justice for a verdict on both recent and classic courtroom films.

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Informative and entertaining, Reel Justice rates trial scenes in films on a one-to-four-gavel scale, with four being a classic and one being "ask for a new trial." Authors Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow, both accomplished law professionals, discuss the cultural messages encoded in the films, point out what went right and wrong in scenes where liberties were taken, and even answer a few legal questions along the way.

Completely revised and reformatted from the successful first edition, this new edition of Reel Justice includes more than two dozen recent movies as well as many older favorites that weren't covered in the first version. Just a few of the films reviewed:

* A Time to Kill

* Legally Blonde

* Philadelphia

* Inherit the Wind

* A Few Good Men

* The Devil's Advocate

* I Am Sam

* Intolerable Cruelty

* Rules of Engagement

* Twelve Angry Men

* Ghosts of Mississippi

* Runaway Jury

Reel Justice is an indispensable video guide for film viewers who want the legal lowdown on courtroom scenes.

 

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In this informative, entertaining, and unique book, the authors, two UCLA law professors, dissect a broad cross section of courtroom films with wit, humor, and professional expertise but without any ... Read full review

Contents

THE PRODUCTION CODE
68
Short Subjects
112
Its Just a Bunch of Circumstantial Evidence
150
Familiarity Breeds Contempt of Court
202
MEMORABLE COURTROOM DEMONSTRATIONS
215
Prejudice on Trial
222
The Death Penalty
258
Military Justice
277
Short Subjects
301
It Could Happen to You 1994
312
Short Subjects
322
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Paul Bergman is a professor of law emeritus at UCLA Law School and frequently lectures to lawyers and judges on how films depict law and legal culture. He has written numerous articles on the depiction of law and lawyers in films, as well as several books on evidence, trial advocacy, legal counseling, and legal processes for non-lawyers.

Michael Asimow is professor of law emeritus at UCLA Law School. He specializes in administrative law and has written numerous books and articles about law and lawyers in movies and television, including Law and Popular Culture: A Course Book.

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