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Gangster movies are, by common knowledge stories, about crime and the lives of criminals.

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Gangster movies are, by common knowledge stories, about crime and the lives of criminals. Heroes of these movies are individuals who make their living through robbing banks, murdering, or any other illegal activity. Gangster movies are not concerned with the morality of the crime to great extent, but rather try to show the character of criminals free from judging them for what they do. The moral message of the movie is usually placed at the end of it, when criminals most often finish tragically. So, through the movie, gangsters are heroes, who gain respect because of their good style and power they have. The golden age of gangster genre started in 1930's "during the Depression Era and the Prohibition Era between 1930 and 1932, when contemporary organized crime was on the rise." (www/filmsite) The genre became very popular through the time, when the problem of organized crime was widespread, and it continues to be popular today. The reason for the perpetuity of the crime topic is the persistence of crime in reality, and its constant development in the sense of variety. ...read more.

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This is one of the things that Tarrantino broke in his "Pulp Fiction". Tarrantino's heroes, Vincent (John Travolta) and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) are not typical gangsters. They are dressed in black suits and have guns, but they rather earn laugh than respect. Jules and Vincent do not talk only about 'business' but about hash in Amsterdam, French language or foot massage. So, seeing them on the way to kill someone while talking about cultural differences between U.S. and Europe makes us very confused about their identity and the identity of genre in the entire film, and we laugh in disbelief. Tarantino plays with the genre, not missing out the fact that these guys are dangerous as they cold-bloodedly shoot many people in the movie, but as well giving them the common-person characteristics and not making them 'icons' but familiar people. In this way he rejects to make Jules and Vincent gangsters from the cliche, or 'absolute' gangsters in any life situation. When they go out off-duty they wear shorts and funny T-shirt, Vincent is putting his belly out and loosing his authority and fearfulness among the viewers. ...read more.

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The background music in "The Godfather" is unnoticeable. It is mostly traditional music performed live on the weddings and funerals. It doesn't serve like a tool to reinforce certain atmosphere of the scene or situation. Tarantino uses music to provoke certain feeling or to mock the situation and make us laugh. The music is loud and plays its role, it speeds up the dangerous situations and often at the same time with its comic lyrics turns the situation into grotesque. The gangster genre is not dying. Its popularity is determined by the continuous existence of crime in reality. The transformation of gangster myth from "The Godfather" to "Pulp Fiction" doesn't necessarily mean the devaluation of the genre but is purely individualistic variance of it. Both Scorsese and Tarantino are enriching the genre with its movies. Tarantino manages to balance between parody and seriousness of the gangster picture, on the other hand Scorsese provides us with in-depth, but traditional portrayal of the world of organized crime. "The Godfather" in 1972, was determining the genre in the reality of 70's, and in 90's Tarrantino liberates the genre in the spirit of the age. ...read more.

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