Southern Manhattan in the 1860s.This was a period of great upheaval in the USA, with the whole country on the brink of civil war. However, for the poor inhabitants of New York, war had broken out long ago – directly on their doorstep. At the time, political corruption was rife and lawlessness a way of life, with rival gangs struggling for supremacy on the streets. In particular, Five Points – a bitterly impoverished area between the port, the wealthy business district of Wall Street and the lower part of Broadway – became a magnet for the underworld. After sixteen years in an approved school, Amsterdam Vallon, a young Irish immigrant, returns to Five Points to settle an old score with William Cutting. Cutting, otherwise known as ‘Bill the Butcher’, is not only a powerful gang leader who hates immigrants, he is also the man who murdered Amsterdam’s father. Amsterdam is aware that, in order to carry out his plan, he will first have to get himself accepted as part of Bill’s inner circle.The situation is made more difficult for Amsterdam when he meets Jenny Everdeane and finds himself fascinated by the seductive beauty and hard-won independence of this mysterious pickpocket. However, Jenny has a past that complicates his plans even further . . .
As Martin Scorsese comments: “The decade around 1860 is a gold mine of unbelievably moving stories about the working population of New York, about the waves of immigrants who lived on the streets, about corrupt politicians and legendary gangsters who fought each other in order to gain control of everything. These stories tell us about an era in which America’s ideals were put to the test. These stories are the myths about our origins.” —Berlinale
Martin Scorsese was born in New York City and soon developed a passion for cinema and a particular admiration for neo-realist cinema which inspired him and influenced his view or portrayal of his Sicilian heritage. After graduating from NYU Film School in 1966 and making a number of shorts, he shot his first feature-length film Who’s That Knocking at My Door (1968) with fellow student, actor Harvey Keitel, and editor Thelma Schoonmaker both of whom were to become long-term collaborators. Mean Streets followed in 1973 and provided the benchmarks for the ‘Scorsese style’. After Scorsese directed Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the trio was reunited for the dark journey of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. After New York, New York Scorsese released Raging Bull. The acclaimed biography of middleweight fighter Jake LaMotta was followed by exploration of fans as pariah in The King of Comedy, dark-comic dreams in After Hours and pool sharks in The Color of Money. Scorsese outraged some religious… read more
L'America è nata dalla feccia. Scorsese ce lo ricorda in questo grandioso affresco sulla nascita(anche se poi non è trattata così tanto) della Grande Mela.La scenografia è fantastica,i campi lunghi esaltano la maestosità dei set, ma il montaggio ad un certo punto comincia a essere troppo frammentato a causa dell inizio delle rivolte che tolgono spazio alla storia.Lewis svetta su tutto,come le Twin Towers finali.
I have to say this is the one Martin Scorsese film I've seen that I wasn't quite taken with. While it's an earnest attempt to depict the violent cauldron that was New York near the turn of the 20th century, "Gangs of New York" is something of a mess. The costumes, the hairstyles, the set design - everything about is gaudy and hyper-real, to the point where I started to question many of Scorsese's stylistic decisions. At the same time, supporting performances from Daniel Day-Lewis, a highly underrated Jim Broadbent, and Brendan Gleeson - as well as the general way Scorsese captures the sweeping tide of history - means that the film is rarely dull to watch.
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Director Martin Scorsese’s deep fascination with the underground gangster lifestyle and complex inter-workings of illegal operations has led him to backtrack when gangs blatantly controlled the streets… read review
The good thing about Martin Scorsese that no other director can say is that even those films that aren’t his greatest are still among the best of the year. Gangs of New York is not his apotheosis… read review
I haven’t seen this in a since it first came out so I decided to re-watched it last night. It’s strange because people say it’s Scorsese’s weakest and there are certain flaws with the movie, but for… read review