American Gangsters on Film covers ten of the most important films that depict organized crime on the silver screen. Following an introduction, each of nine chapters focuses on an individual movie, like Bonnie and Clyde, Scarface, and The Departed. A tenth chapter analyzes the critically acclaimed television show The Sopranos. Presented in chronological order, the films and television show are discussed in historical context, making it easier for readers to understand both the choices made by filmmakers and reception of the films and the TV show.
Additionally, this volume provides an overview of crime and justice in American history and culture. To that end, each film is discussed in the context of real-life events. Ideal for high school and college readers, the book also examines the role of the films in the social construction of images of organized crime and gangsters and the role of the movies in shaping popular perceptions.
- Provides a window into organized crime in America by assessing how films about them portrayed people, events, and issues of the era
- Shows how movies can teach us about a given era's history and make that history more engaging through the dramatic arts process and storytelling
- Provides a new perspective on American gangster life, a perspective that comes through the lens of the movie camera
- Suggests areas of further exploration for students of popular culture