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Film, Mobility and Urban SpaceA Cinematic Geography of Liverpool$
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Les Roberts

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317576

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317248

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An Incriminated Medium? The City as Urban Spectacle

An Incriminated Medium? The City as Urban Spectacle

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(p.32) 2 An Incriminated Medium? The City as Urban Spectacle
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Film, Mobility and Urban Space
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317248.003

This chapter examines one of the disturbing spaces of memory and urban spectacle in Liverpool: the abduction, torture and killing of the two-year-old boy James Bulger in February 1993 by ten-year-old boys Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. It comments on the documentary film Eyes of the Detective, which revisited many of the locations linked to the Bulger abduction and murder, and on the filming Arrest of Goudie less than two days after the real-life arrest of Thomas Goudie, a bank employee, robbed the Bank of Liverpool. The chapter also considers the relational structures and processes that have over time given form to distinct cultural landscapes and urban spaces.

Keywords:   urban spectacle, spaces of memory, Liverpool, James Bulger, Jon Venables, Robert Thompson, Eyes of Detective, Arrest of Goudie, Thomas Goudie, cultural landscapes

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