Horatio Alger or 'pursuit of the American Dream' success stories turned upside down in which criminals live in an inverted dream world of success and wealth. Often from poor immigrant families, gangster characters often fall prey to crime in the pursuit of wealth, status, and material possessions clothes and cars , because all other "normal" avenues to the top are unavailable to them.
Although they are doomed to failure and inevitable death usually violent , criminals are sometimes portrayed as the victims of circumstance, because the stories are told from their point of view. They date back to the early days of film during the silent era. In fact, even Edwin S. Porter's silent short western The Great Train Robbery has often considered a classic hold-up story and chase film - a movie about crime. Perhaps the earliest 'crime' film was Sherlock Holmes Baffled , a 45 seconds long short released in that was shown one-person at a time in hand-cranked Mutoscope machines or nickelodeons in amusement arcades.
It was also the earliest known film featuring Sherlock Holmes. The plot was about how the famed Arthur Conan Doyle detective, a cigar-smoking gentleman, was 'baffled' when a black-clothed thief magically disappeared through trick-photography with a sack of stolen goods.
Also, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , released by Vitagraph although now a lost film has been considered the first Sherlock Holmes film since it was created for a theatrical audience rather than as a one-person Mutoscope production.
Griffith's The Musketeers of Pig Alley about organized crime. It wasn't the first gangster movie ever made, but it was the first significant gangster film that has survived.
Outdoor scenes were shot in the gangland territory of NYC's Lower East Side with its slum tenements, and cast members included possible gang members. The story was about a poor, virtuous, and vulnerable Little Lady Lillian Gish who was threatened, victimized and terrorized by Snapper Kid Elmer Booth - the gangster leader of a gang known as the Musketeers. French director Louis Feuillade's Fantomas series from the Gaumont film studio popularized the crime serial - Fantomas , Fr.
Based on the novels of Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, Fantomas was released as five separate films, running roughly an hour each. Other characters included police inspector Juve Edmund Breon and newspaper journalist Fandor Georges Melchior , who worked to bring down the arch-villain-thief a master of disguises , who also committed identity theft and murder. The five episodes were: Feuillade's later Judex , Fr. Traffic in Souls aka While New York Sleeps , a six-reel melodrama, was a "photo-drama" expose of white slavery entrapment of young women into prostitution at the turn of the century in NYC, although the film exploitatively promised steamy sex in its advertisements.
Mutual released The Gangsters and the Girl , a short starring Charles Ray as undercover Detective John Stone investigating neighborhood urban gangs and a wrongly-condemned slum girl. Raoul Walsh's first feature film, the silent crime drama The Regeneration has been regarded as the first feature-length gangster film, with presumably the first complex characterization of a criminal anti-hero.
He grew up to become a drunken gangster prone to gambling due to repressive social conditions in his environment. However, he was 'regenerated' saved from a life of crime after falling in love with do-gooder social worker Marie Deering Anna Q. The upcoming s decade was a perfect era for the blossoming of the crime genre.
It was the period of Prohibition, grimy and overpopulated cities with the lawless spread of speakeasies, corruption, and moonshiners, and the flourishing rise of organized gangster crime.
It has often been considered the first modern gangster film, with many standard conventions of the crime film - and it was shot from the gangster's point of view. It won the Best Original Story Award for Ben Hecht - the first Oscar ever awarded for an original screenplay, and the first of Hecht's two Oscar wins among six writing nominations during his career. Three German directors contributed a number of expressionistic black and white crime films, noted for chiaroscoro lighting, sharp-angled shots, and monstrous characters i.
Robert Wiene's The Cabinet of Dr. He used his power of hypnotism to commit crimes, through his performing somnambulist Cesare Conrad Veidt. The influential film featured the shadowy, disturbing, distorted, and dream-nightmarish quality of the macabre and stylistic 'Caligari,' with twisted alleyways, lopsided doors, cramped rooms, crooked and overhanging buildings, and skewed cityscapes.
She tempted him under the moonlight in a swamp, persuading him to devise a murderous plan to kill his pure, innocent wife Janet Gaynor - by drowning her during a trip to the City. German director Fritz Lang also released several important silent crime films - influential post-war films that helped to launch the entire genre in the s, including a series of Dr. Mabuse films about a mastermind character: Lang's most seminal film was M , Germ.
It was an expressionistic psychological thriller about a child molester serial killer. The pedophile-psychopath was identified as Hans Beckert Peter Lorre - his coat back was marked in chalk with the letter "M.
It wasn't until the sound era and the s that gangster films truly became an entertaining, popular way to attract viewers to the theatres, who were interested in the lawlessness and violence on-screen. The events of the Prohibition Era until such as bootlegging and the St.
Valentine's Day Massacre of , the existence of real-life gangsters e. Many of the sensationalist plots of the early gangster films were taken from the day's newspaper headlines, encouraging the public appetite for crime films. The allied rackets of bootlegging, gambling and prostitution brought these mobsters to folk hero status, and audiences during that time vicariously participated in the gangster's rise to power and wealth - on the big screen.
They vicariously experienced the gangster's satisfaction with flaunting the system and feeling the thrill of violence. Movies flaunted the archetypal exploits of swaggering, cruel, wily, tough, and law-defying bootleggers and urban gangsters. The talkies era accounted for the rise of crime films, because these films couldn't come to life without sound machine gun fire, screeching brakes, screams, chases through city streets and squealing car tires.
The perfection of sound technology and mobile cameras also aided their spread. Rouben Mamoulian's City Streets from a story penned by Dashiell Hammett was reportedly Al Capone's favorite film, starring Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sydney as two lovers trapped by gangland connections.
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