Dying to Belong: Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong

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John Wiley & Sons, May 21, 2007 - Performing Arts - 286 pages
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This fascinating book begins with a new definition of the gangster film and a challenging exploration of the Hong Kong and Hollywood screen traditions.

  • Illuminates the way gangster films deal with the ambiguities of modern life, correcting the notion that this genre is inconsequential sensationalism
  • Contends that both American and Hong Kong gangster films are against-the-grain reactions to the central fable of modern democracies that promise immigrant (and other) outsiders that they can become social insiders 
  • Clarifies crucial and fascinating differences between American and Hong Kong approaches to enjoining the discussion of immigrant histories by placing them in counterpoint with each other
  • Draws on a range of American films, ranging from Public Enemy and Scarface to Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, and The Godfather 
  • Explores a number of Hong Kong's 21st century gangster films, including Andrew Lau's great trilogy, Infernal Affairs, and Election and Election 2, directed by Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To
  • Concludes with an exclusive interview with The Sopranos' creator, David Chase
 

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Contents

The Outside Story
1
Gangster Identity Hollywood
29
A Taoist Code Warrior
69
The Void of Material Success
107
Hong Kong
147
The Sopranos Gangs of New York
181
From Here to Modernity
223
Appendix Interview with David Chase Excerpts from
237
Bibliography
259
Filmography
265
Index
271
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Martha P. Nochimson is Associate Editor of Cineaste Magazine, and the author of No End to Her: Soap Opera and the Female Subject (1993), The Passion of David Lynch: Wild at Heart in Hollywood (1997), and Screen Couple Chemistry: the Power of 2 (2002).

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