December 13, 2004 |
During a century of cinema, Americans have enjoyed seeing our anxieties about crime and criminals sublimated in the movie theater in any number of ways. After the gritty-gangster-film craze of the 1930s, audiences turned to the more fanciful western. Sometime later a hankering for reality returned, and movies about beat cops and grizzled detectives took hold. And now, it seems, as the world grows more worrisome, we've rediscovered our need for whimsy on the wrong side of the law.