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Film Analysis Review Of The Gangs Of New York.

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Film Analysis ofGangs of New YorkMany people do not realize the brutality people had to live through while this melting pot of a country was being forged, but in 2002, Martin Scorsese's "The Gangs of New York" revealed to America some of the ugliest histories of our country. In this epic film, Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz show the audience that America is full of justified tragedies. Just as this country was born, America was baptized by fighting whatever they can to make it to the top. "The Gangs of New York" is a phenomenal documentary that creates an incredibly raw style of education about corruption in daily life in the old America, the gangs that puppeteered those lives, and the Drafts Riots of 1863. "The Gangs of New York" is not just a movie, but a truly violent document that forces you to look at America's history - and explains, in vivid detail, how and why America exists as the seemingly free and open, but conflicted and conflicting country it is today.The opening act of this film cuts straight to the chase. Each person had it rough. They had loving families. They had strong convictions. They had bodies made of flesh and bone. They all needed to survive. The gang fights presented in this picture were not glamorous in any way, shape of form. It was very bloody, personal, and raw. The first battle begins with the new-come Irish fighting the "Native" Americans. Just as the original Americans tried to escape political and religious differences, it would naturally face them again in the New World. This film was a great art form to show that.Life was very hard for the people living at that time. They would join into these gangs in order to protect themselves. If the weren't in a gang, they would have no one to protect them, understand them, or even hear their voice.When the Irish arrived at America, emigrating because of the Great Potato Famine, they were welcomed as savage, inhuman monsters and anarchists, who were inferior in every way. Many people in New York felt that the "white Negroes" were invading America and stealing their jobs. Ironically, many people feel this way today about people emigrating from Mexico and other Central American countries. Today, the Irish are consider nothing more or less than American.But because this racism existed in the 1800's, the politicians took advantage of the Irish as well as the gangs. They would give food to the Irish in order to gain votes to stay in office. They would use the gangs to protect themselves, protect their office, and to unlawfully obtain capital. Many public officials, such as the infamous Phillip Tweed, had their own gangs to control business, voting, and even land. This movie demonstrated that corruption very well.Correspondingly, along with corruption, there was much disorder in New York. They had two police departments, who constantly fought over jurisdiction, as well as many, many fire-fighting companies (consisting of volunteers), who were known to fight...

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