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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Style In ‘The Wire’
April 17, 2012
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Among television critics, the five seasons of 'The Wire' get a lot of attention for their multilayered story, trenchant critique of institutional dysfunction in Baltimore's politics, policing, and crime (and by extension wider issues), and literary ambitions. But one thing that is rarely brought up in the conversation is the visual and filmic style of the show. Erlend Lavik, an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, is trying to change that with his video essay, 'Style In 'The Wire'.'

For fans of the show, the video is full of insights into the choices the show's creators and crew made, and educated guesses as to why. Check it out below:

Erlend is far from alone in treating 'The Wire' as a visual text worthy of study - there's no shortage of academic writing about the show. If you're interested in delving deeper into some theoretical takes, check out this page on 'Film Studies for Free', with links to 48 (!) different essays.

Three cast members from 'The Wire' have been in the red chair this season. Check out parts of those conversations below:

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