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

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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, landscape ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published May 25th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published 2004)
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The Book Nazi
Aug 07, 2010 The Book Nazi rated it liked it
According to McCarty, Americans admire the antihero gangster because he's an unbound character who goes where he wants, does what he wants and "takes no shit from anybody." The author conveys the appeal of these reckless outlaws, personified in film by such icons as Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney, through concise analyses of key crime films and well-drawn personal histories of the genre's central stars, directors and writers.

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Jun 05, 2014 Peter rated it liked it
This is a useful book for tracing the history of gangster movies, and I have created a list of (mostly silent) films to watch. However the author insists on bringing everything down to Robinson style, Cagney style and Bogart style gangsters, suggesting all subsequent movie mobsters are some variation or combination of these. I find this a bit simplistic. Still, it's worth a read.
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Jan 21, 2013 Heather Miller rated it liked it
Provides interesting perspective and detail to the fascinating shows and films that depict American violence. Thoroughly addresses the issue of Italian-Americans, stereotypes and, 'living on the hyphen'. An interesting read.
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