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Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity<sup>1</sup>

Dave Boothroyd

in Culture on Drugs

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055980
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700921 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055980.003.0008
Cinematic heroin and narcotic modernity1

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This chapter focuses on narcotic modernity and the entry of heroin into motion pictures. It explains that the advent of the cinematic technology provided a new means for the distribution of narco-mythology, and that cinema extended the cultural scope of heroin. The entry of heroin into the world of the moving image began with the 1984 film The Opium Joint. The chapter also analyses generic forms of cinematic heroin, including French Connection, Pulp Fiction and Pandaemonium.

Keywords: narcotic modernity; heroin; motion pictures; narco-mythology; Opium Joint; French Connection; Pulp Fiction; Pandaemonium; cinematic heroin

Chapter.  8594 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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