Martin Scorsese and the development of the American gangster genre

Banfield, Esme (2007) Martin Scorsese and the development of the American gangster genre. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study takes a detailed look at the existence of the American gangster genre from 1930 up until today. It looks at the very establishment of the genre and goes onto show the development and existence today in the work of director Martin Scorsese. Scorsese's three key films; Mean Streets(1973), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino(1995) will act as case studies for my work. In the opening chapter I look at key readings and ideas which suggest such a genre exists and high lights any generic conventions. Throughout the study I argue that such a genre does exist and that it is still thriving today. I also look at three key ideas in relation to patterns of the genre; these are the urban milieu, the 'rise and fall' narrative structure and finally the representation of males within the films of the genre. During the second chapter I study the convention that the gangster film is set in the city. The third chapter demonstrates the idea that a film of the genre follows a 'rise and fall' parable of a narrative. The final chapter takes a detailed look at the dominant male representation of the male throughout the case studies. Throughout the study I argue that Scorsese is integral to the genres existence today and that he does follow certain conventions and patterns but also adapt them in his own personal style.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/281

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