European Crime Cinema and the Auteur

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This article will offer an overview of the ever-changing relationship between the crime genre – understood as a global, transnational phenomenon – and European art cinema, with its national specificities. After a historical contextualization, this contribution focuses on the mode of production and circulation of contemporary European crime cinema by looking at two case studies of the contemporary national productions of Spain and Northern Ireland. The goal is to grasp the shifts occurring in this relationship, so understanding both the role played by the ‘auteur’ label in the distribution, commercialization, and appreciation of European crime cinema and how easily-marketable crime storylines promote the creation of new modes of authorship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-600
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Review
Issue number5
Early online date10 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2021


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