American Dream

Contest Name :2007 Feature Winners, Submission Date :02-25-2008, Uploaded By : Azi
Directed By :  Azi Rahman, Film Maker,London,
Shot On: Sony Z1, Edited On: Final Cut,  Crew Members: 13  Duration: 3.44 mins
, , United Kingdom   Views: 4632
Inspiration: Coppola, Scorcese, De Palma, Leone, Cimino, Schrader, Fellini, Woo, Tony Scott, Tarantino, George `Scarface` Raft, `Tough Jews` (book by Rich Cohen)
Other Info: Based on a true story. Gangster Gangy Cohen turned Actor Jack Gordon is living the American Dream in LA until his criminal past catches up with him

Effective editing but I always have a problem with young actors pretending to be tough guys based on performances from movies they've seen. Time to extend your reach. {Jury Member}
Paul, Thank you for your feedback. Mishima was one of the first films I studied at Warwick University and your books and articles were required reading on my film course. I'm disappointed you felt the actors were "pretending" rather than attempting to live truthfully in an imaginary set of circumstances. The actors were not young, they were all, bar myself and the two girls, in their late 30s and early forties - the right ages for the parts they were playing. Roger is a genuine Hell's Kitchen tough guy and Rocco is a genuine Italian American New Yorker. I suspect the highly derivative nature of my script may have influenced your view of their performances. That aside it is a great honour to have had my script seen by someone whose work has been an inspiration to me. Kind regards, Alec Christie  
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