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tells the story of the meteoric rise and fall of Caesar Enrico Bandello, or Rico as he is known to his underworld cronies.This is the film that launched the gangster picture craze of the early 1930’s and made Edward G. It predates and is a seminal example of the genre with many of the trappings that would become clichés in later gangster pictures. There is a scene at a funeral where several wise-guys callously discuss the deceased, a fellow gang member who turned canary and was gunned down on the street before he could sing.Taking theaters as a subject -- most famously in "New York Movie" (1939), with its enigmatically bored or pensive usherette -- was simply the most obvious way in which films were essential to Hopper.During a long lifetime of moviegoing, what he saw on screen often inspired him indirectly, so that a film like "Little Caesar" (1930), with its dramatically lighted scene of thugs in a diner, reverberates years later in Hopper's "Nighthawks" (1942).” One interesting aspect of is its lack of female characters.While Joe has a girlfriend played by Glenda Farrell, Rico seems to have absolutely no interest in the opposite sex.Instead of nagging at the question of who influenced whom, the series suggests the cyclical way that the movies, Hopper and American culture have shaped one another.The series is rich in 1930's and 40's film noir; their expressionist lighting and tales of hunted individuals spoke to Hopper's own sense that a sharp cast of light could turn a city street into a haunted place.
who was given the part over a young actor named Clark Gable because the producers felt Gable’s ears were too big) move to an unnamed big city in America to follow their dreams.
"Edward Hopper and the American Cinema," a provocative series that runs through Aug.
13 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, is smart enough not to reach for one-on-one matchups between particular paintings and movie scenes.
Robinson's character portrayals have covered a wide range, with such roles as an insurance investigator in the film noir Double Indemnity, Dathan (adversary of Moses) in The Ten Commandments, and his final performance in the science-fiction story Soylent Green.
Robinson received an Honorary Academy Award for his work in the film industry, which was awarded two months after his death in 1973.
IN 1919, when Edward Hopper was earning his living as a commercial illustrator (a job he loathed), he received a congenial assignment: to depict an audience watching a movie.