Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Goodfellas, Public Enemy and the Warner Gangster Films

         

Martin Scorsese is always a delight to hear when he speaks on the history of American gangster films. In this clip he talks about his own film,  Goodfellas, classic crime movies directed by Raoul Walsh as well as The Public Enemy (1931) and Scarface, the original one made in 1932 with Paul Muni. Rather than focusing on the violence that criminals in these movies visit on others, Scorsese discusses the conflicts that these movies present -- how the characters interact with each other, and the conflicted emotions we experience about people on the screen who commit heinous acts yet are somehow rather likeable. They were all movies that changed the way we see crime films.

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