The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the Mafia and other criminal organizations, such as Yakuza, Triads, Vory V Zakone. The course will focus on how North American cinema (Hollywood) often glorifies the mafiosi's lifestyle. As this characterization of the Mafia and Mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses, special attention will be given to movies of the 1930s and to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy. The goal is the deconstruction of the romantic portrayal of the gangster life style created on the silver screen and analyses of the atrocities committed by organized crime groups..
Available in Fall 2018.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures