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Miller’s Crossing The opening scene of the movie shows a fedora hat twirling about in an empty clearing in a forest then a gusty wind takes the hat sailing down a row of trees during what appears to look like autumn, with leaves on the ground and leafless trees. The movie then jumps right into a scene discussion between Leo, leader of gambling gang, and Caspar, an Italian gang boss. These men banter back and forth the notion of assassinating an unlikeable foe for his part in obtaining insider information on gambling bets. The theme of the film portrays a power struggle between the two mob gangs in town with a tone that each gang operates on ethical morals. Concerns whether killing another is morally right reflects on the strength of the context of the movie. The period of which the film convincing depicts 1930’s prohibition era. The film directors make wonderful use of artifacts, such as furniture, lighting fixtures, automobiles, as well as the actors’ costumes from that time period. This action packed film was full of ambushes of underground liquor parties, old-fashion gun shoot outs, gruesome fighting and bloody cold-blooded killing taking place in a city that allowed the gangs to rule society and command the city’s government to cater to their special needs and demands. Special effects added dimensions to the explosions, fires and gun fire throughout the film. Although language in this feature is probably accurate from that era and of that associate with the type of illegal activity, the actors portrayed their characters convincingly with their demeanor, speech, and body language fitting for the style of movie. The plot thickens with mystery of who is loyal to who, as well as those who cast a shadow of doubt in regards to trusting those around themselves. When disagreements between the mob gangsters heat up, the fear of looking over the shoulder becomes a part of everyday routine. The movie exhibits the viewer insight into a fearless and startling life a mobster gang in the 30’s and does quite a nice convincing job and allows a window of opportunity to experience such discourse in an underground operation such as illegal gambling, liquor houses, corruption and deceit. I enjoyed this movie, both visually and thought the actors were excellent. The music in the film gave finishing touches to the scenes and although one must view critically, just as one must read critically to understand the context, the film’s ability to hold your attention and allowed your senses to take in life as it was experienced in the 1930’s. In the end, Miller’s Crossing delivers compelling performance of hard core street smarts straight out of a good old fashioned mob gangster crime drama.…...

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