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Sex, Drugs, Disco

A classic hit falls short. John Travolta certainly made a name for himself with his role as Tony Manero, a conflicted young man from Brooklyn, New York, struggling through a coming of age point in his life in the 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever. With a hit soundtrack assisting the somewhat hopeless escape and phase of existence of these characters, Brooklyn serves as the perfect backdrop. Director,…

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“To be a wiseguy was to own the world."

The mob world is the real world in Scorsese’s Goodfellas. The “made” guy - the Mafioso, the wiseguy, the goodfella. He’s a man of power, a man of means. He gets the women, dresses in the finest clothes, parties without worry, and has enough money to do all of this and then some. He’s everything that Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), an Irish-Italian Brooklyn boy, desires to be. But once he enters that world,…

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Everyone’s Interested in Murder, Really

The master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock delivers in his 1951 thriller Strangers on a Train. It seems like the perfect murder scheme. Two strangers, both wishing for someone in their lives to be dead, meet each other in a chance encounter and plot to switch their murders. As in, you commit my murder, I’ll commit yours. Airtight alibis. No connections whatsoever between the murderer and the victim,…

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Auteur Orson Welles Sets a Precedent for American Cinema

Citizen Kane is the quintessential example of an antique film that motivates today’s generation of filmmakers to absorb Orson Welles’ unparalleled cinematic presentation.  Having been produced in 1941, Citizen Kane still manages to contend with current cinematography and narrative progression. Orson Welles,’ Citizen Kane was arguably one of the first films to fall under the genre umbrella of ‘film…

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