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Gangsters and cops

by Dominic Simard-Jean
The purpose of movies is to open a window to our world that we couldn’t see otherwise. By using realism in its techniques, a movie can portrait some improbable events of life or some characters than can only found on the fringes of society and a viewer a home then can add this knowledge to its mind. A perfect example is gangster movies: nobody has access to the world of cops and gangsters except if you are one. Movies give you all that can be described in a gangster world. The other great thing about gangster movies, is that the great one are able to integrate a universal message and truth about the human nature. In the dangerous realm of… Read more

The purpose of movies is to open a window to our world that we couldn’t see otherwise. By using realism in its techniques, a movie can portrait some improbable events of life or some characters than can only found on the fringes of society and a viewer a home then can add this knowledge to its mind. A perfect example is gangster movies: nobody has access to the world of cops and gangsters except if you are one. Movies give you all that can be described in a gangster world. The other great thing about gangster movies, is that the great one are able to integrate a universal message and truth about the human nature. In the dangerous realm of the underworld, these men always seem to reveal some emotions in their violent actions. These films are the one that I believe were able to distinguish themselves from the straight canvas of the criminal film, but also were able to elevate themselves simply as great movies through their humanity.

I put King Of New York at the top because it really feels like the supreme gangster film. The director Abel Ferrara has described it as “fascistic film making” and you won’t find any technical flaws in this perfectly shot film. Chris Walken as Frank White is the ultimate kingpin, after getting out of fail, reimposing his control over the city of New York isn’t the only thing on his mind. He wants to use his dirty money to build in hospital in Harlem. This reflection on power hits harder than any gangster film because it questions the morality of men, but also the morality of the viewer. Features one of the best chase scene of all time also; Lawrence Fishburne out of the roof of the limousine firing one gun in each hand is a very epic image

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