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‘Mob gangster’ genre:

‘Mob gangster’ genre By Casey Jefferies

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Best mob gangster films? Goodfellas is a 1990 crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi , the true story of Henry Hill. The film follows the rise and fall of three gangsters, spanning three decades. Widely considered the best Mob movie of all time alongside The Godfather. Martin Scorcese at his best. Lost the Best Picture Oscar to Dances With Wolves. A winner in any other year. Budget $25,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend $6,368,901 (USA) (21 September 1990) (1,070 Screens) Gross $46,836,394 (USA) £1,994,136 (UK) ( 1990) Goodfellas (1990) IMDB score: The Godfather (1972) The Godfather is a 1972 epic crime drama film based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with a screenplay by Puzo , Coppola, and an uncredited Robert Towne. It stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino , James Caan , Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, and features Richard S. Castellano , Abe Vigoda and Sterling Hayden. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the Italian-American Corleone crime family . Widely considered the best Mob movie of all time alongside Goodfellas . Budget $6,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend $302,393 (USA) (19 March 1972) (6 Screens) £14,480 (UK) (11 July 1996) (2 Screens) IMDB score: Gross $134,966,411 (USA) (11 May 1997) $134,821,952 (USA) (4 May 1997) (re-issue) $134,775,387 (USA) (27 April 1997) (re-issue) $134,703,440 (USA) (20 April 1997) (re-issue) $134,594,635 (USA) (13 April 1997) (re-issue) $134,443,639 (USA) (6 April 1997) (re-issue) $134,219,881 (USA) (30 March 1997) (re-issue) $133,698,921 (USA) ( 1973) $21,000,815 (USA) (9 April 1972) $5,679,971 (USA) (26 March 1972) $415,569 (USA) (19 March 1972) $81,500,000 (USA) ( 1972) £42,345 (UK) (25 August 1996) £58,854 (UK) (8 August 1996) £52,219 (UK) (1 August 1996) £42,345 (UK) (25 July 1996) £29,133 (UK) (18 July 1996) £14,480 (UK) (11 July 1996)

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Goodfellas vs The Godfather

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Best mob gangster films? Donnie Brasco is an Academy Award–nominated 1997 film by Mike Newell, starring Al Pacino , Michael Madsen and Johnny Depp . It is loosely based on the real-life events of Joseph D. Pistone , a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent who successfully infiltrated the Bonanno crime family, one of the Mafia's Five Families based in New York City during the 1970s, under the alias "Donnie Brasco ". Depp met with Pistone several times while preparing for his role. Budget $35,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend $11,660,216 (USA) (2 March 1997) (1,503 Screens) Donnie Brasco (1997) The Departed (2006) The Departed is a 2006 crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio , Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. It is an American remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs. The film won four Academy Awards at the 79th Academy Awards, including the Best Picture, and a long-awaited Best Director win for Scorsese . Budget $90,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend $26,887,467 (USA) (8 October 2006) (3,017 Screens) £2,298,313 (UK) (8 October 2006) (363 Screens) Gross $132,384,315 (USA) (22 March 2007) $132,373,442 (USA) (18 March 2007) $132,310,442 (USA) (11 March 2007) $132,141,905 (USA) (4 March 2007) $131,805,297 (USA) (25 February 2007) $131,498,360 (USA) (18 February 2007) IMDB score: $130,744,874 (USA) (11 February 2007) $128,583,307 (USA) (4 February 2007) $125,237,852 (USA) (28 January 2007) $121,732,446 (USA) (21 January 2007) $121,347,332 (USA) (14 January 2007) $120,927,301 (USA) (7 January 2007) $120,476,289 (USA) (31 December 2006) $119,775,122 (USA) (24 December 2006) $119,273,628 (USA) (17 December 2006) $118,740,373 (USA) (10 December 2006) $118,002,823 (USA) (3 December 2006) $116,748,722 (USA) (24 November 2006) $113,841,430 (USA) (19 November 2006) $109,702,938 (USA) (12 November 2006) $102,004,054 (USA) (5 November 2006) $91,098,431 (USA) (29 October 2006) $76,935,185 (USA) (22 October 2006) $56,985,185 (USA) (15 October 2006) $26,887,467 (USA) (8 October 2006) £12,576,260 (UK) (26 November 2006) £12,442,332 (UK) (19 November 2006) £12,092,352 (UK) (12 November 2006) £11,301,141 (UK) (5 November 2006) £10,154,840 (UK) (29 October 2006) £8,152,596 (UK) (22 October 2006) £5,639,711 (UK) (15 October 2006) £2,298,313 (UK) (8 October 2006) Gross $41,954,997 (USA) (15 June 1997) $41,905,751 (USA) (8 June 1997) $41,824,343 (USA) (1 June 1997) $41,701,120 (USA) (11 May 1997) $41,658,656 (USA) (4 May 1997) $41,600,141 (USA) (27 April 1997) $41,482,558 (USA) (20 April 1997) $41,185,234 (USA) (13 April 1997) $40,575,151 (USA) (6 April 1997) $39,102,861 (USA) (30 March 1997) $36,259,575 (USA) (23 March 1997) $31,274,218 (USA) (16 March 1997) $23,354,735 (USA) (9 March 1997) $11,660,216 (USA) (2 March 1997) £4,062,252 (UK) ( 1997) IMDB score:

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Best mob gangster films? Reservoir Dogs is the 1992 debut film of director and writer Quentin Tarantino. It portrays what happens before and after a botched jewel heist, but not the heist itself. Reservoir Dogs stars an ensemble cast with Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi , Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, Eddie Bunker, Chris Penn and Lawrence Tierney. Tarantino also has a minor role, as does criminal-turned-author Eddie Bunker. It incorporates many themes and aesthetics that have become Tarantino's hallmarks: violent crime, pop culture references, memorable dialogue, profuse profanity, and a nonlinear storyline . Budget $1,200,000 (estimated) Reservoir Dogs (1992) Scarface (1983) Scarface is a 1983 epic crime film directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. A remake of Howard Hawks' original 1932 film of the same title, the film tells the story of a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. Montana becomes a gangster against the backdrop of the 1980s cocaine boom. The film chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's criminal underworld and subsequent downfall in Greek tragedy fashion . Budget $25,000,000 (estimated) Opening Weekend $242,821 (USA) (21 September 2003) (13 Screens) $4,597,536 (USA) (11 December 1983) (996 Screens) Gross $45,598,982 (USA) IMDB score: Opening Weekend $147,839 (USA) (25 October 1992) (19 Screens) $215,668 (UK) (23 June 1994) (23 Screens) $268,597 (UK) (18 January 1993) (11 Screens) Gross $2,687,008 (USA) (7 March 1993) $2,608,116 (USA) (28 February 1993) $2,547,037 (USA) (21 February 1993) $2,460,663 (USA) (15 February 1993) $2,368,492 (USA) (7 February 1993) $2,253,863 (USA) (31 January 1993) $2,117,516 (USA) (24 January 1993) $2,030,380 (USA) (18 January 1993) $1,901,666 (USA) (10 January 1993) $1,796,578 (USA) (3 January 1993) $1,715,570 (USA) (27 December 1992) $1,674,928 (USA) (20 December 1992) $1,605,904 (USA) (13 December 1992) $1,506,469 (USA) (6 December 1992) $1,370,882 (USA) (29 November 1992) $1,219,142 (USA) (22 November 1992) $1,027,648 (USA) (15 November 1992) $796,569 (USA) (8 November 1992) $515,471 (USA) (1 November 1992) $147,839 (USA) (25 October 1992) $2,832,029 (USA) £6,306,205 (UK) IMDB score: Pulp Fiction (1994) Pulp Fiction is a 1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino, who cowrote the film with Roger Avary . A crime drama with a nonlinear storyline, the film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, its ironic mix of humor and violence, and its host of cinematic and pop culture references. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture; Tarantino and Avary won for Best Original Screenplay. It was also awarded the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. A major commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman. IMDB score:

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Conventions of mob gangster film openings ? Sound and editing D iegetic sound It is conventional for diegetic sound to be used in mob gangster film openings as guns and violence are common themes. An example of this is in the opening of Goodfellas where the man in the boot is making noise. This rumbling is heard by the men in the car. Ambient diegetic sound is used in the opening scene of Pulp Fiction to create a natural cafe atmosphere. Non- d iegetic sound Non- diegetic music and sound effects are commonly used to set the dark mood of mob gangster films. In this opening scene of Layer Cake, there is a subtle solemn backing track over the action and a loud exaggerated booming when the door is closed. Editing Credits and other significant text appears regularly in the openings of mob gangster films, such as in these two screenshots from Pulp Fiction and Goodfellas . Both appear on a black, plain background with white writing. Cross cutting is commonly seen in mob gangster films as a way of showing simultaneous action. Match-on-action shots are seen in the opening of Pulp Fiction when the waitress pours the coffee which creates continuity. A freeze frame is used in the opening montage of Goodfellas to which a non- diegetic voice over gives a monologue.

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Conventions of mob gangster film openings ? Mise en scene Costume For males: Dark suits and tie, slicked/greased back hair, bracers or waistcoat, pea coat, black brimmed hat. For females (however often absent): Jewellery, dresses, red items of clothing to symbolise passion. Makeup The males appear masculine and don’t appear to have any makeup on, however, prosthetics may have been used throughout to create wounds and fake blood. The moustaches of the men may also be fake. Props Guns are a common theme throughout the mob gangster genre and used to emphasise a character’s power or vulnerability within a scene. Cigars, cars, money, poker boards and chips, pool tables and various other weapons are also common. Lighting/colour Colouring of shots is typically not of high saturation, normally with emphasis on reds which has connotations of danger. Blacks, whites, greys and browns are usually present. The lighting is typically low to give a mysterious and dark feel to the scene. They may require the cover of darkness if a crime is being carried out. Setting Urban settings are commonly seen in mob gangster films, such as underground and backstreet places. Exclusive nightclubs are common and New York is a typical place to be set. Pulp Fiction challenges this convention with the opening scene being set in a very casual, well lit cafe.

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