Post by Von Fourche
Today we watched Angels with Dirty Faces.
This film didn't seem much like a gangster film at all. The gangster aspect
seemed more like the vehicle for the film. It seemed formulaic. This
film was made in 1938 - post code/censorship. Angels was more like
stupid happy go-lucky film. This film felt neutered compared to Little
Caesar. Obviously the code was to blame.
Did you happen to go to the bathroom in the last five minutes, 'cause I
think Angels has the best ending of any gangster film other than The Long
Good Friday. Little Caesar and The Public Enemy have straight-forward,
"Crime doesn't pay -- see, we're socially conscious, please don't censor
us," endings. With Angels you have the ambiguity of whether Cagney had a
change of heart at the last minute, or if he really did turn yeller, which
I think makes the film a lot more interesting.
I have been thinking of Angels more and more. The ending is great. I
Cagney would be shot dead in the warehouse but he's taken alive, to my
Then, what his friend asks him to do before his death and what Cangey
does is amazing. I did not care for the Dead End Gang. They reminded me
much of the Three Stooges. Kids that deserve to be in prison. Then again,
the poor and the losers in life and yet they deserve to be loved and deserve
like everybody else. The Bishop trying to save those kids, he was doing the
work for sure.
Watched Bonnie and Clyde today. I've seen this film before but never have
much attention to the whole film. I say - this film is about self inflicted
pain. The gang can't rob a bank and get in a shoot-out without feeling sick
and nervous after they do it. They rob a bank, get a shoot-out, then are
real nervous after it, over and over.
Bonnie was bored out of her mind and wanted Clyde to provider her with
and also something that Clyde could not provide - sexual fulfillment. She
chose the one guy that could not fulfill her sexually. That frustrated her
but she filled that sexual desire
with guns and danger. Even tho shoot-outs and killing made her sick to her
like Clyde, the danger still turned her on.
Clyde wanted to be famous it seems. Bonnie wanted fulfillment. She chose
the wrong guy and they chose a profession that was the wrong one for sure.
Maybe it was their only choice. At the end when Bonnie is sexually
fulfilled, they both die. Interesting, she gets her fulfillment but it
comes at a high price - death.