The Love Affair With The Bad Guy – Gangster Movies
When you were a kid, did you ever watch these old black and white gangster movies with the sharp suits and the sharper dialogue? If so, who did you cheer for – the clean cut good guy, or the gangster with the cutting one-liners and the complete lack of respect for authority? If it was the latter, don’t worry – you’re not alone, and when you look at the gangster movie genre in more detail, you can begin to understand why.
For instance, if you’ve ever seen the two films that are hailed as the genre’s defining moments, Little Caesar and Public Enemy, you probably remember distinct moments in the films, as opposed to the gangster’s in them receiving justice for their deeds. For example, famous movie gangster Edward G Robinson is probably better remembered in Little Caesar for the luxurious lifestyle he had, as opposed to any comeuppance he received. The same can be said of James Cagney in Public Enemy, who is so enamoured by a little girl’s smile that he brakes into a little two-step jig.
This love for gangsters as opposed to law enforcers has carried over...