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Much research of gangster videos has been dependent upon a learn of the gangster as a malign figuration of the yankee Dream, initially set within the period of the melancholy. this article extends earlier research of the style via studying the evolution of gangster videos from the Thirties to the modern interval and through putting them within the context of cultural and cinematic concerns comparable to masculinity, consumerism and know-how. With a detailed exam of many movies from Scarface and Public Enemy to Reservoir canine and Pulp Fiction , this ebook offers a desirable perception right into a topical and well known subject.
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Extra resources for American Gangster Cinema: From Little Caesar to Pulp Fiction
The racketeering film has already been discussed in relation to Quick Millions and Doorway to Hell, but other variations can also be seen, including the early social conscience gangster movie in the form of Three on a Match (1932), the urban tough variation in Taxi! (1932), the gangster-as-gambler in Smart Money (1931) and the female gangster movie in Blondie Johnson (1933). In many ways these films are as important as the classic cycle because they form models or sub-genres which are returned to, in modified form, in later years.
The relationship between work and leisure figures strongly in the gangster movie, particularly in the refusal of official work sanctioned by ideology. The gangster creates an alternative economy of excess in which modernity's separation of work and desire (in the Fordist mode of production where the worker does not do what he desires but works for others' desires) is obliterated by the gangster. The gangster circumvents the rationalising systems that the official economy of American capitalism demands in labour and production and as such threatens the puritan work ethic of self-discipline and hard work even as he also enacts it in a criminal economy, but in a form of discipline that advances his own desires.
The film has an exuberance that is also absent from Little Caesar and more obviously embraces the modern society in which it is set, despite the more obvious presence of residual ideology in the form of Tom's family. The film can be seen as a clearer enactment of modernity, not only because it focuses on the cultural experiences of mobility, technology, and urban space, but also because it maps the tensions between residual hierarchy and ideological structures of stability and the emergent logic of transformation and contestation that characterise the modern period.