Goodfellas Genre Analysis

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For this assignment, I have opted to take a look at a particular genre, this genre being gangster films. In order for me to tell if a film from this genre fits into the category of “gangster” I have decide to study a film called “Goodfellas”. By analyzing this movie I will be able to look at characteristics that have put this film in the gangster genre. There is also a trend that is important to the setting of gangster films, which is that most if not all gangster films happen in the hustle and bustle of the city or at least suburbia, for example “Goodfellas” was taking in Queens,Ny.
So first what is Genre? A genre is a type, or category, and genre films are usually easily recognizable as part of a certain genre (Goodykoontz & Jacobs 2014).
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power and wealth in seen all through the “Goodfellas” just by the way they dress fancy suit and shiny shoes and the big amount of money they carry around with them. continue to become more wealthier they move up in their position with the gang. “They dramatize a social statement on a need for change, or demonstrate the destructiveness of a lifestyle in a way intended to discourage others from imitating it, although some may not recognize that point if the characters are appealing” (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). Another type of convention in this movie is Corruption. In gangster films police corruption is more prevalent because in theory they 're the main threat to the gangster’s enterprises by trying to shut them down. The corruption doesn’t stop with just the cops in “Goodfellas”, it extends to the department of corrections. There is a scene when the Henry is locked up with other members of the gang, and they having wine, fresh food, newspapers, cigars, and coming and going as they wished basically living the life in jail. Another convention to this genre is the code they all live by. They have rules gang member have to live up to, to protect the “family business”. This is shown when Henry gets arrested, and after a small punishment, Henry earns the trust and respect him for not telling the police what mob he is affiliated with. From that moment he starts off his new life of crime. To me this film lives up to all the conventions of this genre, and it’s a wonderful

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