Goodfellas Essay

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Film Analysis of Goodfella Genre theory is used to examine films. Genres rely on different components such as the story,plot, and director of the film. Genres can be better understood by examining different films from different genres. The time period of the genre is important. When you look at a horror film you know their will be gore,violence and most of the characters will not survive till the end of the film. Martin Scorsese is a cinematic auteur because his films represent his personal vision. The film I am critiquing is Goodfellas. Martin Scorsese is the director of this film. Major actors in the film are Robert De Niro,Ray Liotta, and Joe Pesci. Robert De Niro plays James Conway a close affiliate of the mob family Paul Caporegime. Ray Liotta plays Henry hill an associate of lucchese crime family. He could not be a made man because he was part of the Irish race. The story of the film is crucial part to the film as a whole. The story and plot is what gets the audience engaged in the film. The plot is the main events of a film or a book. Goodfellas begins with three men in a car driving at night. In the car is Henry,Jimmy and Tommy. Two of the men are asleep when Henry hears a loud noise. Once he realizes the noise may be coming from the trunk he pulls over to check it out. After opening the trunk he sees a man who has been beaten wrapped in a sheet. Henry's friends stab and shoots the man in the trunk. Henry closes the trunk and he says “ as far back as I could remember, I always wanted to be a gangster” (Scorsese,1990). The film goes back to 1950s where you able to see what lead up to this scene. Henry is a young boy who looks up to Lucchese crime family gangsters who live in his neighborhood in East New York,Brooklyn. Henry ends up leaving school for good to go work for this crime family. Later on Henry meets and falls in love with a Jewish woman named

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