American Cinema, American Culture:The gangster filmPresentation Transcript
AMERICAN CINEMA, AMERICAN CULTURE: THE GANGSTER FILM Alex M. Trevor P. Paramveer P. Julia R.. Tommy Y.
THE GANGSTER FILM• Developed around the sinister actions of criminals or gangsters• Highlight the life of a crime figure or a crimes victim(s)• Glorify the rise and fall of a particular criminal(s)• They are morality tales• "The end of Tom Powers is the end of every hoodlum. The Public Enemy is not a man, it is not a character, it is a problem we must all face.“ –Public Enemy 1930’s
THE GUIDELINES• Collaborate ,Analyze , Construct• We chose to Analyze our films using • The four stages discussed by Thomas Schatz in Hollywood Genres • an experimental stage, during which its conventions are isolated and established • a classic stage, in which the conventions reach their “equilibrium” and are mutually understood by artist and audience, • an age of refinement, during which certain formal and stylistic details embellish the form, and finally • a baroque stage, when the form and its establishments are accented to the point where they “themselves become the "substance” or “content” of the work.“• We Constructed • Tiki Toki timeline • Google map
ANALYZE• Experimental • First real Gangster films started in this stage • Before Gangster films really got popular• Classic • Very violent films • Organized crime • Mob portrayed as very tight-knit family • Huge on loyalty, if you werent loyal to the mob you were killed • Most of these had rise of one person to his rapid downfall• Age of Refinement • Portrayed mobsters in a better light • Focus on politics of mob instead of violence• Baroque • Self reflective • explains Gangster films and politics • Details of the characters thought
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CONCLUSIONS FORMED• Found correlation with real-time gangsters and gangster films.• Also found a correlation between homicide Rate. Do the Movies Cause violence?