Bullets Over Hollywood: The American Gangster Picture from the Silents to "The Sopranos"

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Da Capo Press, 2005 - Performing Arts - 327 pages
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A lively history of the gangster in American film 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 o be updates, 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 analyses 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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Contents

Gunslingers to Gangsters
1
THE HOODS
107
The GreenEyed Mobster
135
Made it Ma Top 0 the World
177
THE FAMILY
189
Through the Looking Glass
241
Acknowledgments
247
The OscarsMajor Award Nominations and Winners
249
The American Gangster Picture Feature Length
264
Notes
303
Selected Bibliography
313
About the Author
327
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About the author (2005)

John McCarty is an adjunct professor of cinema in the Department of Theatre at SUNY, Albany, and the author of more than thirty books, including The Fearmakers, The Sleaze Merchants, and The Films of Mel Gibson. He lives in upstate New York.

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