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The Public Enemy
edited by Henry Cohen
by Tino Balio
University of Wisconsin Press, 1981
Paper: 978-0-299-08464-6
Library of Congress Classification PN1997.P797
Dewey Decimal Classification 812.52

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    The Public Enemy, a 1931 Warner Brothers gangster classic, is easily remembered as the movie in which James Cagney used Mae Clarke's nose as a grapefruit grinder. As Cagney recalls, it was just about the first time that "a woman had been treated like a broad on the screen, instead of like a delicate flower."
    The ambivalence toward women is just one of the many stylistic contradictions that make The Public Enemy worth studying, not only for its intrinsic merits but also as a creative expression bending under the constraints of censorship.


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