Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"
From Scarface to White Heat, from The Godfather to The Usual Suspects, from Once Upon a Time in America to Road to Perdition, gangland on the screen remains as popular as ever.In Bullets over Hollywood, film scholar John McCarty traces the history of mob flicks and reveals why the films are so beloved by Americans. As McCarty demonstrates, the themes, characters, landscapes, stories—the overall iconography—of the gangster genre have proven resilient enough to be updated, reshaped, and expanded upon to connect even with today’s young audiences. Packed with fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes and information about real-life hoods and their cinematic alter egos, insightful analysis, and a solid historical perspective, Bullets over Hollywood will be the definitive book on the gangster movie for years to come.
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Review: Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"User Review - Peter - Goodreads
This is a useful book for tracing the history of gangster movies, and I have created a list of (mostly silent) films to watch. However the author insists on bringing everything down to Robinson style ... Read full review
Review: Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"User Review - Heather Miller - Goodreads
Provides interesting perspective and detail to the fascinating shows and films that depict American violence. Thoroughly addresses the issue of Italian-Americans, stereotypes and, 'living on the hyphen'. An interesting read. Read full review
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