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By F. Mason

A lot research of gangster video clips has been established upon a research of the gangster as a malign figuration of the yankee Dream, initially set within the period of the melancholy. this article extends prior research of the style through interpreting the evolution of gangster videos from the Thirties to the modern interval and by way of putting them within the context of cultural and cinematic matters comparable to masculinity, consumerism, and expertise. With a detailed exam of many motion pictures from Scarface an Public Enemy to Reservoir canine and Pulp Fiction, this publication offers a desirable perception right into a topical and well known topic.

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He is represented as having the freedoms of the flaneur, most obviously presented in the scene when he tries out his new car and meets Gwen, who acts as a sexual object for him to observe. It is the lack of constraint that this mobile flaneur quality represents that signals the gangster's dangerous place in modernity as he comes to symbolise the unlimited and excessive modes of action and desire-fulfillment that modernity allows. The freedom of spatial movement also suggests his danger as his transgression of the physical boundaries is also coded as both freedom of movement around society and transgression of hierarchy.

Tom finds the gangster life to be one where he has freedom of movement, but this is juxtaposed to the life of the family and social ideology. In the form of Mike, the family has a patriarchal figure who represents official ideology and work. Mike has a job on the streetcars, works at night school, has a steady girlfriend, and volunteers to serve his country in World War One while Tom stays at home. He represents all that society desires of its citizens: he works hard and is restrained in his desires and behaviour.

The montages are also associated with the Tommy gun which symbolises excess and violence in the film, firstly in a montage of a calendar changing dates to the sound of a Tommy gun and secondly in a montage of mobile violence, in which cars are used in a form of street tank warfare with machine gunners firing at random. The Tommy gun also has a metonymic value, being so closely associated with Tony that the sight of Tommy gun also suggests Tony's presence even if he is not seen, as with the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

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