It Truly Pays

The Crime Film

07.12.2012 - 02.06.2013
Tue-Sun 10am-5pm,
Wen 10am-8pm
Halle, Ausstellungsstr. 60

The crime film is among the most popular genres in both the cinema and on TV . Often the plot revolves around the classic question: who dunnit? In every crime case the solution to this puzzle is closely linked to the motive. What could possibly have led the figures to commit such deeds? The human motivations for committing crime have long been a source of inspiration for many well-known directors, actors and composers who have often given narratives of theft or murder genuine filmic quality. Making use of both full-length works as well as long-running or seemingly endless series, the exhibition investigates the different kinds of crime films: from the children’s crime story to the detective film and from the contract killer to team crime in which the gangsters are often depicted as appealing figures. In addition, “It Truly Pays” examines the ways in which tension and horror are produced in order to manipulate our ambivalent relationship to evil.

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