Bullets Over Hollywood
The American Gangster Picture From The Silents To The SopranosBook - 2004
The gangster, like the gunslinger, is a classic American character-and the gangster movie, like the Western, is one of the American cinema's enduring film genres. 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 with even today's young audiences. Packed with fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes and information about real-life hoods and their cinematic alter egos, insightful analysis, anda solid historical perspective, Bullets over Hollywood will be the definitive book on the gangster movie for years to come.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2004.
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed.
Characteristics: viii, 325 p.,  p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
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