Movie Lectures with Kevin Courrier: The Enduring Popularity of The Gangster Film

“Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and ”Scarface” – remember these powerful gangster films that emerged during prohibition? They quickly became popular because their criminal protagonists flouted the laws that the rest of us had to obey. But even after this prohibitive era ended, the genre prospered and included movies about real gangsters, such as John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde. By the 1970s, with the enormous success of ”The Godfather”, gangsters were no longer just breaking the law, but were creating darker versions of our
free enterprise system.

In this course, film critic Kevin Courrier examines with film clips how the gangster film became such a successful genre, not only entertaining audiences with its picture of those who transgress society’s laws, but also inspiring popular television depictions of the gangster in "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire".

WEDNESDAYS, May 23 - June 20
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Member Value Fee: $50+HST
Regular Fee: $60 +HST
At the door: $13

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