TITLE

Melting Pot

AUTHOR(S)
Blake, Richard A.
PUB. DATE
February 2003
SOURCE
America;2/3/2003, Vol. 188 Issue 3, p30
SOURCE TYPE
Review
DOC. TYPE
Entertainment Review
ABSTRACT
The article reviews the film 'Gangs of New York.' In the labor wars of the 19th century, scabs did not have much longevity in the Irish factory towns of the Middle West. The motion picture 'Gangs of New York' suffers from Martin Scorsese's similarly conflicted emotions about the past's contribution to the present. In the final scene of 'Gangs of New York' the camera looks across the East River as a modern impersonal metropolis emerges from the smoke and fog, framed between the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge and crowned with the silhouette of the World Trade Center. In the background is the Civil War; in the middleground is the ongoing gang war between the native-born Americans and the Irish immigrants in the slums of New York; and finally, in the foreground is the bitter rivalry between Amsterdam (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Bill "the Butcher" Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis).
ACCESSION #
8994788

 

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