Dirty Harry: Feeling lucky

There’s an interesting disconnect here with the sort of crime dramas I’ve been seeing up until now, which is noir in which the lead is a private detective (or similar non-police-type) tangled in this mess; Dirty Harry (and later police dramas, both on TV and film) deal in a whole different set of rules and assumptions: the officer can’t just walk away and has to follow rules. It was an odd sensation for me, but then again they looked a lot different too: Dirty Harry seems to be positively aggressively 70s, some of it in ways that are good. Black people are visible as members of society, for instance (even if they’re still not regarded as important), which we didn’t really see Back in the Day.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.