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Law in Film: Globalizing the Hollywood Courtroom Drama

Stefan Machura, Stefan Ulbrich, Francis M. Nevins and Nils Behling
Journal of Law and Society
Vol. 28, No. 1, Law and Film (Mar., 2001), pp. 117-132
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Cardiff University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3657951
Page Count: 16
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Law in Film: Globalizing the Hollywood Courtroom Drama
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Abstract

The courtroom drama is a prominent film genre. Most of the movies in this category are Hollywood productions, dealing with the legal system in the United States of America. What they have in common is that essential parts of their stories take place in court. These movies have a tremendous influence on the public's concept of justice even though very few of them accurately reflect legal reality. Anyone with legal training who watches films of this sort will notice in them all sorts of absurdities which are not thoroughly investigated in this paper. Our concern here is to inquire why even movies that take place in continental Europe follow patterns of the American system and also why certain elements from American movies are repeated over and over again.

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