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Heroes, Gangsters and Avengers, Oh My! Crime Films Topic of CCC Talk


Author and Camden County College Professor Matthew Sorrento will address the evolution of the American crime film when he joins with journalist and crime writer George Anastasia to present “Crime Inc. and the Movies” for CCC’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at 7 p.m. Feb. 7.

Sorrento, who wrote The New American Crime Film, and Anastasia, who has reported on organized crime for The Philadelphia Inquirer and is the author of The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies, will discuss crime films both past and present. They will complement their talk with film clips and conclude with a question-and-answer period.

According to Sorrento, the American crime film is “the most pervasive genre in contemporary cinema.” The genre is enjoying a new surge of “popularity and proliferation” among audiences, he said.

“Though these innovative films now tackle topical issues, they continue to reference the classic narratives and archetypes established in the great crime pictures of past decades,” says Sorrento. “The titles explored in this critical survey span many themes that have fused with other genres to create fascinating filmic hybrids.”

This event is free and open to all segments of the public, and local educators may find it particularly valuable to the development of related curricula. New Jersey professional development credit is available to teachers who attend.

“Crime Inc. and the Movies” will be presented in Civic Hall, which is located in the Connector Building on CCC’s Blackwood Campus. The campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

For additional details or to register to attend, contact the Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or

Published: February 05, 2013