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Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder (Spin-Offs)

Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder (Spin-Offs)

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Publication Date: February 6th, 2024
Duke University Press
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For decades, generations of television fans have been enraptured by Lt. Columbo, played by Peter Falk, as he unravels clues to catch killers who believe they are above the law. In her investigation of the 1970s series cocreated by Richard Levinson and William Link, Amelie Hastie explores television history through an emphasis on issues of stardom, authorship, and its interconnections with classical and New Hollywood cinema. Through close textual analysis, attentive to issues of class relations and connections to other work by Falk as well as Levinson and Link, Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder sees American television as an intertextual system, from its origins as a commercial broadcast medium to its iterations within contemporary streaming platforms. Ultimately, Hastie argues, in the titular detective's constant state of learning about cultural trends and media forms, Columbo offers viewers the opportunity to learn with him and, through his tutelage, to become detectives of television itself.

About the Author

Amelie Hastie is Nancy and Douglas D. Abbey '71 Professor of Film and Media Studies and English at Amherst College and author of Cupboards of Curiosity: Women, Recollection, and Film History, also published by Duke University Press.