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"Bullets Over Hollywood" chronicles the blood-soaked landscape and enduring appeal of the American gangster movie - - from its origins in the silent film era to modern times.

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"Bullets Over Hollywood" delves into America's fascination with gangsters and features historical perspective, analysis, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and details about the connection between real-life hoods and their cinematic alter egos. The documentary chronicles films such as the _American Mutoscope & Biograph [us]_ film _Musketeers of Pig Alley, The (1912)_ (the 1912 film directed by D.W. Griffith that began it all), 1930's and '40s classics including "Little Caesar," "The Public Enemy," "The Roaring Twenties," "The Petrified Forest" and "High Sierra," to such modern tales as "The Godfather," "Scarface," "Goodfellas," "Donnie Brasco," "Casino," "A Bronx Tale," "Carlito's Way," "Once Upon a Time in America" and many more. The special takes a look at television with shows such as "The Sopranos" and "Growing Up Gotti," all part of America's parallel fascination with fictional and real-life gangsters. Written by Jonathan Taylor

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Featured in the documentary is the historic gangster film The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) produced by _American Mutoscope & Biograph [us]_ which is still in existence today. It was also one of the first gangster films ever made, and was an inspiration to filmmaker Martin Scorsese for his films such as Goodfellas (1990). See more »

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Awesome Documentary
11 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bullets over Hollywood" is a TV Documentary presented by the channel Starz and is narrated by Paul Sorvino (Played Paulie in Goodfellas).The Documentary talks about the growth of the mafia and why gangster movies are so appealing.

The film is a compilation of interviews with some of Hollywood's finest actors who appeared in mob films such as Chazz Palminteri(Played Sonny in "A Bronx tale"),Michael Madsen(Mr. Blonde from "Reservoir dogs"),Talia Shire(Played Connie in" The Godfather"), James Caan(Played Sonny in "The Godfather) and more. Not only are there are interviews with actors there's also interviews of film historian and critic Leonard Maltin and former gangster Henry Hill (you might remember him in the movie Goodfellas). The documentary also has some good music and even the films that were presented in this documentary were good choices. Another good thing about this Documentary is it also talks about famous gangsters such as Al Capone, Dillinger and John Gotti.

The people that felt, that should have been interviewed in this documentary are Robert Deniro(Played James Conway in "Goodfellas"), Al Pacino(Played Tony Montana in "Scarface"), Joe Pesci (Played Tommy in "Goodfellas"), Martin Scorsese(Famous film Director) and Quentin Tarantino(Famous film director). The Pictures that are shown in this documentary are good but at different times in the film you see the same pictures again, other than that the documentary is still good.

If you are a fan of gangster movies or if you want to learn a little about gangsters and cinema this is for you, however if you don't like gangster movies or if you don't like watching documentaries then skip it.

My rating for this film is a 8/10


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