The Gangster Film

Fatal Success in American Cinema

Ron Wilson

Wallflower Press

The Gangster Film

Pub Date: December 2014

ISBN: 9780231172073

144 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00£16.99

Pub Date: December 2014

ISBN: 9780231850674

144 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $19.99£16.99

The Gangster Film

Fatal Success in American Cinema

Ron Wilson

Wallflower Press

This volume examines the gangster film in its historical context with an emphasis on the ways the image of the gangster has adapted and changed as a result of socio-cultural circumstances. From its origins in Progressive-era reforms to its use as an indictment of corporate greed, the gangster film has often provided a template for critiquing American ideas and values concerning individualism, success, and business acumen. The gangster genre has also been useful in critically examining race and ethnicity in American culture in terms of "otherness." Films studied include Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912), The Racket (1928), The Captive City (1952), The Godfather, Part Two (1974), Goodfellas (1990), and Killing Them Softly (2012).
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. A Silent Era: From Gangs to Gangsters
2. The Racketeer and the Outlaw: Gangster Archetypes of the 1930s
3. Murder, Incorporated: Post-war Developments in the Gangster Film
4. La Famiglia: Coppola, Scorsese, and Gangster Ethnicity
Conclusion
Filmography
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Ron Wilson is a Lecturer in the Film and Media Studies Department at the University of Kansas. He teaches courses in American popular culture, classical and contemporary film/media theory, and graduate writing.