From the Prohibition-era classics of Mervyn LeRoy and William A. Wellman to the mean streets and Mafiosi of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese, 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die explores the rise of the gangster movie to the popular phenomenon it is today.
Whether holding up the local liquor store or wheeling and dealing in the spider web of organised crime, the fictional characters on the big screen are never too far from the real world.
The gangster genre kicked off with actors like James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Their tough-guy stances set the tone for the development of the devious, crazy, and charismatic crooks played by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. One-line quips, sharp suits, a sense of camaraderie, and grisly killings define the genre that has given us some of cinema's most memorable moments depicting society's underbelly in action.
With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die brings passion and knowledge to a wealth of dirty rats, dons, molls, hoods, shootouts, holdups, heists, gangs, murders, drug deals, and car chases. And in the closing reels you will wonder whose side you are really on - the good guys' or the bad guys'?
About the Author
Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer. He is editor of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die, all available from Barron's. He is also the author and editor of many other books on film.
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 2009
Publisher: ABARIS BOOKS (CT)
Dimensions (cm): 15.189 x 12.548 x 3.531
Weight (kg): 0.608