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Both set in the 1920/30's "The Godmother" and "Bugsy Malone" have a lot of similarities but they also have differences due to the way in which the two stories are conducted and the events that occur.

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Introduction

Comparing "The Godmother" and "Bugsy Malone" By Vikki Basten Both set in the 1920/30's "The Godmother" and "Bugsy Malone" have a lot of similarities but they also have differences due to the way in which the two stories are conducted and the events that occur. From a social context both of the stories are extremely alike, the status of women was fairly low and they would never be controlling anything. For example Velma in "The Godmother" was the secretary of Spats Valetta and until the end of the story she was his assistant and wasn't seen as a person of any importance by anyone else on stage. For example when the showgirls came in for their auditions Velma was overlooked by the girls as they try to get Mr. Valetta's attention. They ignored Velma even though she tried to create the impression that she was of some significance. ...read more.

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In "Bugsy Malone" we can see that the typical costume for that era was, the wealthy businessmen and gangsters wore smart black suits with bowler hats, and to show the contrast in class the working class men tended to wear suits that were less sophisticated than the ones worn by the gangsters, this type of contrast also occurred in "The Godmother" especially in the opening when we see Spats and he is described to be 'dressed like a tramp'. In the 1920's women very much enjoyed the freedom of new fashions, after the war women fought for more rights and decided that they would wear what they wanted. For the first time women's legs were seen and this especially seemed to increase the popularity of showgirls, appearance seemed important for women and this is shown in "The Godmother" when the showgirls enter 'They check their make-up in small make-up compacts' and also in "Bugsy Malone" when Fat Sam tells Tallulah what is taking her so long and she tells him she was fixing her make-up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Parts of the main story lines are also alike, Fat Sam from "Bugsy Malone" is very much like Spats, they are both in charge of auditioning showgirls and are it seems that they are both quite hopeless as being successful. Both characters seem to want to create the image that they are tough, unbeaten and important, from which it is obvious by their stupidity that they are not. We see this when they come across someone more powerful and more important than themselves, for example when Spats meets 'The Boss' we see him cower and reduce into a nervous wreck, as we see from Fat Sam when he looses his gang and is left with Knuckles. Overall I think that they plays are very alike in most ways especially the portrayal of what life was like in the 1920/30's and what typical characters of that particular era are like. I think that the only difference was that "Bugsy Malone" was not entirely a spoof whereas "The Godmother" maintained a lighthearted and amusing portrayal of life in the 1920's. ...read more.

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