The Death of the American Gangster Film

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The history of the American Gangster movie and an analysis of how Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America killed the genre. This video essay considers the major characteristics of the gangster film, how the genre evolved over time, and how Leone exploited genre archetypes to reveal the innate brutality of the gangster myth.

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