Film Analysis in Nick Cassavetes’s “Alpha Dog”


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Film Analysis in Nick Cassavetes's "Alpha Dog"
Nick Cassavetes's 2006 film Alpha Dog serves as an exemplary case study for the application of major theories in criminology, including Differential Association and Strain theory. These theories, which have been variously applied, rebuked and defended by prominent sociologists and criminologists, serve to explain much of the motivation behind Alpha Dog's characters' deviant actions and the social context that serves as the world of the film.
The first piece of evidence to support these theories in the film comes before the plot even begins. The movie's opening titles play over a series of idealized images of children at play, suggesting that the characters, who we will later observe engaged in...
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.....ose the story.
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