Liberation takes many forms
This recent film about the precise period from 1968 to 1975 (with small
excerpts of news from these years with President Nixon, Henry Kissinger
and some more footage) is an anti-gangster film, in spite of its title.
It is the story of the first black drug dealer in New York. He was from
North Carolina and had connection in Fort Bragg, the armed forces base
that was used for quite a lot of air-connections with Vietnam. That
enabled that black man to import directly from Asia the heroin he could
sell on the streets of New York for half the standard price though the
quality was twice as good. Good business indeed. Then that chap was
black and the film shows though not that much how the Italians who
had controlled the market for so long did not like it. But the film did
not deal with this side of the business that long and in detail. But on
the other hand it is more than detailed about another subject, it is
pinpointing the corruption of the narcotics department of the New York
Police Department and probably the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Three quarters of them will be arrested and convicted when the hunting
season will close. Strangely enough it is a New Jersey cop who will be
persistent enough to trace that drug lord and to find out his importing
route and his distribution organization. But the film shows how the
military authorities blocked the searching of the last plane back from
Vietnam with the racist argument that a "nigger" could never do such a
thing. Not too surprising coming from military personnel based in North
Carolina. But the best part of this film is how this black drug lord
was not that interesting a catch or prey since the military route from
Vietnam was closing down with the final departure of US troops from
Vietnam in 1975. But through him then our cop managed to get all the
rotten and corrupted cops from the above-mentioned narcotics department
of the NYPD and the FBI in New York. And that drug lord managed by
becoming the key witness in that case to have his sentence reduced from
70 years to 15 years. The New Jersey investigator and cop will also
change jobs after the trial. He will become a defense lawyer. There is
a true story behind that. Yet why does a story like this one only comes
out in 2007? Because of the deep racism that has always pervaded the
vision we have or some want us to have of the mafia in New York that
has to be Italian, Chinese, Irish even, but not black. Even if this
aspect of black liberation is quite criminal, it is also a side of
black liberation just the same and that black liberation can only be
faced today in America, nearly 50 years after Martin Luther King's
march on Washington and 40 years after his assassination. That too is
part of American history and that too shows that the election of Barack
Obama did not come out of nothing, from nowhere, from a place lost in
some deep fog. History has its own logic and momentum and no one can
either force it (to go faster or slower) nor make it go the way they
want. The end of history is contained in history itself, and by end I
mean goal, destination, objective, you name it you have it, and yes
there is some kind of form of will power in all that: the will power of
the logical structure of the chaotic Brownian soup that reality is.
Enjoy the details of the film. I must admit the longer version is quite
good, if not even better than the theatrical version, and the
alternative ending is just some kind of peaceful scene after the long
battle and prison sojourn.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University
Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, CEGID.
aston watch Synecdoche, New York movie
i like the actor i like the movie.
mikeokey watch Zemanovaload movie
American Gangstar-Denzel Washington can be said to be one of America's most realistic actors. wise in judgement and knows perfectly when to pull the trigger. But one good thing is that the long arm of the law preserves no defaulter..
naynay382 watch The Producers movie
cookout: was a good movie . It funny and it is family orintated .
moesje watch Down To You movie
a.sebhat watch Mary And Max movie
american gangster is one of the greatest movies i've ever seen.
This was denzels second best movie ti should of played baseball.
This was an excellent movie.
Don't think the film is all that good.
Maybe I'm having an off day but I don't see how this film was a 8.3 out
A film of this genre needs a thicker plot, requires a couple of twists,
instances of betrayal which were there but merely brushed over.
Just didn't find it engaging, expected to have to really concentrate
but even a goldfish would manage to follow this one.
Can't really think of anything else that needs to be said here but are
being made to enter 10 lines at least in this comment so would like to
balance my views by pointing out that this film has been made very well
with commanding performances and authentic scenery..