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T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Gangs of New York

What really stands out to me is the pacing. Schoonmaker and Scorsese edit in the language of myth-making; a myth for those history will not remember. Moving emotionally, even nostalgically in a sense, through those that with "blood and tribulation" crafted one of the world's capitals. The opening and closing scenes, both on their own and contrasted to each other, are some of the best filmmaking Scorsese has done.