The Valachi Papers

Author: Peter Maas

Publisher: N.A



Page: 324

View: 2318


Author: Bernard F. Dick

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813196116

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 8065

From Double Indemnity (1944) to The Godfather (1972), the stories behind some of the greatest films ever made pale beside the story of the studio that made them. In the golden age of Hollywood, Paramount was one of the Big Five studios. Gulf + Western's 1966 takeover of the studio signaled the end of one era and heralded the arrival of a new way of doing business in Hollywood. Bernard F. Dick reconstructs the battle that reduced the studio to a mere corporate commodity and traces Paramount's devolution from freestanding studio to subsidiary—first of Gulf + Western, then of Paramount Communications, and currently, of Viacom-CBS. Dick portrays the new Paramount as a paradigm of today's Hollywood, where the only real art is the art of the deal. In modern Hollywood, former merchandising executives find themselves in charge of production on the assumption that anyone who can sell a movie can make one. CEOs exit in disgrace from one studio, only to emerge in triumph at another. Corporate raiders vie for power and control, purchasing and selling film libraries, studio property, television stations, book publishers, and more. The history of Paramount is filled with larger-than-life people, including Billy Wilder, Adolph Zukor, Sumner Redstone, Shari Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and more.

The Strength of the Wolf

Author: Douglas Valentine

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859845684

Category: History

Page: 554

View: 3573

Carefully and extensively documented, a definitive history of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies

Author: George Anastasia,Glen Macnow

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0762443707

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 509

The gangster movie is one of the most popular genres in film. From the Italian, Irish, and Russian "families" in America to similarly sinister groups in Europe, Japan, and beyond, the cinema has never shied away from portraying the evil exploits of these brutal outfits. In this highly entertaining and informative book, two accomplished and apropos authors put the genre in perspective like no other author or documentarian has done before. The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies provides extensive reviews of the Top 100 gangster films of all time, including sidebars like "Reality Check," "Hit and Miss," "I Know That Guy," "Body Count," and other fun and informative features. Also included are over a dozen stand-alone chapters such as Sleeper "Hits," "Fugazi" Flops, Guilty Pleasures, Lost Treasures, Q&A Interviews with top actors and directors (including Chazz Palinteri, Michael Madsen, Joe Mantagna, and more), plus over 50 compelling photographs. Foreword by Joe Pistone, the FBI agent and mob infiltrator who wrote the bestselling book and acclaimed movie, Donnie Brasco.

The First Family

Author: Mike Dash

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1588368637

Category: True Crime

Page: 416

View: 6473

Before the notorious Five Families dominated U.S. organized crime, there was the one-fingered criminal genius Giuseppe Morello and his lethal coterie. Combining first-rate scholarship and pulse-quickening action, Mike Dash brings to life this little-known story, following the rise of the Mafia in America from the 1890s to the 1920s, from the villages of Sicily to the streets of Little Italy. Using an array of primary sources—hitherto untapped Secret Service archives, prison records, and interviews with surviving family members—Dash has written a groundbreaking account of the crucial period when the criminal underworld exploded with fury across the nation.

Charles Bronson

Author: Michael R. Pitts

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476610355

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 376

View: 9414

This work covers Bronson’s entire output in film and on television, and includes many film stills and photographs. Alphabetical entries list film or episode, complete cast and credits, and year of release. Accompanying each entry’s plot synopsis and discussion is a survey of the critical responses to the work. The great Charles Laughton once said Bronson “has the strongest face in the business, and he is also one of its best actors.” Pretty high praise for an actor who, though loved by fans worldwide, has been consistently underestimated by critics. Bronson’s career has spanned five decades, from such television appearances in The Fugitive, Rawhide, Bonanza and Have Gun, Will Travel as well as the telemovie A Family of Cops (1995) and its two sequels. He will long be remembered for his role as urban vigilante Paul Kersey in the Death Wish films. Bronson is one of the most enigmatic, and also most recognizable, of all film stars.

The BFI Companion to Crime

Author: Richard Attenborough

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520215382

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

View: 2580

"A complete and detailed guide to crime on film: prison dramas, film noir, heist movies, juvenile delinquents, serial killers, bank robbers, and many other subgenres and motifs. The historical and social background to movie crime is covered by articles on the FBI, the Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, prohibition, boxing, union rackets, drugs, poisoning, prostitution, and many other topics."--Cover.

Investigating the Mafia

Author: Carla Mooney

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: 1420502123

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 4770

The mafia's code of silence has long made it difficult for police to convict major mafia figures. Low-level members who are caught in criminal activities rarely turn evidence on those above them, choosing instead to do their time. Police have had go to great lengths to take down the bosses, in many cases giving up their own lives to go undercover. Joe Pistone, the undercover FBI Agent known as "Donnie Brasco," was an FBI agent for 27 years. He spent 20 of those years as an undercover agent, sacrificing his own identity to bring justice to the mob. This book provides background information on organized crime, and gives your readers a revealing look into the tools and techniques used by investigators in mafia cases. Sidebars provide first-person accounts and biographies of famous criminals and investigators.