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From the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, portrayed in Inherit the Wind, to the sensational war crimes trials that inspired Judgment at Nuremberg, celluloid trials have provided a compelling source of entertainment. Now t wo UCLA law professors/trial aficinados go behind the scenes of nearly 70 riveting courtroom movie dramas and comedies to demonstrate how directors make the legal system accessible to moviegoers.
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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.
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.From Library Journal:
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 stilted legal jargon. They organize the films into categories ranging from true stories (Inherit the Wind), comedy (My Cousin Vinny), and military (A Few Good Men) to lawyer/client relationships (Jagged Edge), civil cases (Kramer vs. Kramer), and unusual judges/jurors (The Devil and Daniel Webster). A succinct plot and character synopsis for each film is followed by a legal analysis of the case that discusses evidence, legal procedures, testimonies, juries, validity of actions by the attorneys, and more. The authors raise a number of provocative questions and suggest that arriving at true justice is not always a straightforward affair. Very enjoyable reading, this book will be appreciated by film enthusiasts as well as by those interested in the various legal, social, and ethical dilemmas in the films. For circulating libraries.?Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.
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Book Description Andrews and McMeel Publishing Co., Kansas City, 1996. Softcover. Condition: New. Seventh Printing.. 338 pages. Softcover. Like New. FILM. Pull up your popcorn and get ready for your favorite courtroom movie. In this book, trial aficionado can go behind the scenes of nearly 70 riveting legal movies - from A Man for All Seasons to A Few Good Men, from Adam's Rib to In the Name of the Father. In lay terms (not legalese), Bergman and Asimow explain the finer points of law, tackle ethical questions, and help you figure out why lawyers do what they do. Reel Justice also rates each movie, which makes it a must-read for avid video renters. Both law professors at the University of California at Los Angeles, Bergman and Asimow base their rankings on the quality, dramatic power, and authenticity of trial scenes, giving four gavels to the classics. If you love the law - or if you're just nuts about courtroom dramas - Reel Justice will bring truth and justice to your movie-watching moments. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Law, Justice, Movies, Paul Bergman, Michael Asimow, Film, Women Trial Lawyers, Tort Law, Legal Ethics, Juries, Evidence, Defense Lawyers, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Attorneys). book. Seller Inventory # 58436X1
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