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The Gangster Film The Gangster Film ; ; A Genre with Enduring Appeal A Genre with Enduring Appeal 3/24 3/24
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Influences Influences Robber barons Industrialist who reaps great wealth thru often ruthless means Jay Gould, Cornelius Vanderbilt, JP Morgan These models helped furnish a Creed of wealth Gospel of success- w and s exalted as a moral good; popular idea in early industrial US Myth of success- Horatio Alger rags to riches; belief that everyone has a chance to be a millionaire Prohibition- The Volstead Act Create a black market for it Open flaunting created sympathy for them as popular heroes and contempt for law – Aka Robin Hood Made basis for stories in many 30s films
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Continued Continued Depression Crash revealed system’s economic injustice Gangsters became heroes in films embodying resentment for Sound In 1927, provided the vital ingredient to energize the film Could hear slang, jazz, cars, and guns
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course COMM 2054 taught by Professor Srprince during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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3.24 - The Gangster Film; A Genre with Enduring Appeal 3/24...

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