Boardwalk Empire saison 1


Voici la première saison de Boardwalk Empire, diffusée sur HBO et basée sur le livre de Nelson Johnson qui s'intitule Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. Cette série raconte l'histoire d'Atlantic City, cité du jeu et du vice. Nous sommes à Atlantic City, au début de la Prohibition. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi) fait une vente d'alcool illégal en visitant Arnold Rothstein, gangster de New York, et s'intéresse à une mère au foyer qui a […]

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Repression and Censorship

Organization of the Repression With John Edgar Hoover, the FBI had certain successes in its fight against Organized Crime. The FBI was/is a federal agency that could/can work across the territory. Police forces were sometimes ill-trained because they faced very well organized murderers. 1933 saw the creation of the Bureau of Investigation (Justice), the Prohibition Bureau (department of the Treasury and eventually to the department of Justice) and the Bureau of Identification. The FBI emphasized figures to receive more subventions […]

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Evolution of Organized Crime

Evolution of Gangsterism 1929: Wall Street crash. The Prohibition is an attempt to decrease the revenue of alcohol. 1933: election of Franklin Roosevelt, who sets up the New Deal. 1934: Repeal of the Prohibition. Roosevelt had realized the importance of the ethnic vote, and especially the Catholic vote. Creation of the Work Progress Administration (W.P.A.): the state provides the jobs.The Organized Crime became less of a necessity. The vision of the gangster also evolved in the movies: he is now […]

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Organized Crime : Expression and Repression

Introduction There is a parallel between Organized Crime and the movie industry. Organized Crime was one of the ways for social climbing, of getting out of poverty and ethnic matters. In the main Hollywood studios, many directors were ethnics: Samuel Goldwyn and Louis Mayer (M.G.M. studios: Metro Goldwyn Mayer), David O. Selznick, Charles Chaplin... The cinema was a new technology founded by the elite, the ethnic entrepreneurs and the W.A.S.P. businessmen. Some innovative sections of business were opened for the […]

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Organized Crime and the Prohibition

Introduction You cannot really rely on newspapers articles. Recently, it featured the confessions of repenting organized crime members, i.e. the distort truth for their own interests. The police distorted the figures to get credit and money from the Federal Government. Organized crime was considered as a kind of un-american activity. Since more gangsters were ethnics (Jews, Russians, etc), calling them "un-american" was a way of dismissing american roots. In Scarface, the motto "the world is yours" highlights the ironic vision […]

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Organized Crime in America

Organized Crime in America (1929 - 1951) 1929: Wall Street crash, which forced gangsters to find a new wy of making money in a time of recession. 1951: middle of the Cold War. Kefauver hearings started the huge mystification of the Mafia, discovering that organized crime was still on in the U.S. First TV debates on organized crime. In history, gangsters and Organized Crime did exist. Between history and culture, there are matters of ideology: in what way does that […]

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Glossary of film terms

Angle The position of the camera in order to show a certain scene. A camera may be placed straight on to a scene, at a side angle, high angle or low angle. Camera movement - a dolly shot: the camera and the base to which it is affixed move toward or away from a stationary object. - a tracking shot: the camera moves behind or ahead of a moving person or object. - a crane shot: the camera moves up […]

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