Synopses & Reviews
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. - Henry Hill in Goodfellas
- Provides a brief background to the gangster movie genre and includes excerpts from key reviews of the film.
- Includes biographies of key cast and crew and describes the cultural context in which the movie was made.
- Examines the production, key scenes, themes and techniques used in making the movie.
Go behind the scenes with the ultimate film guides and get the bigger picture. Discover how Martin Scorsese's gangster movie draws on a repertoire of cinematic elements to create a movie that has widely been accepted as a classic and established Scorsese as a film artist. Find out how Scorsese has created a style which resurfaces throughout his career and how this was influenced by a biographical element. Consider the importance of film style and key scenes, and learn how the film engages the audience by the use of narrative. Understand what role lighting, camera shots and music had on building the scene and the subsequent emotions. Read about the decisions behind casting Ray Liotta in the role of Henry and what Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci brought to the film. Includes short biographies of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Paul Sorvino, Lorraine Bracco, and the director Martin Scorese, Dr. Colley included information about the production, the critical response and a bibliography of books having to do with the movie. Written in an accessible style, Goodfellas is excellent reading for the movie fan and film student alike.
Dr. Iain Colley is a freelance writer