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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

New Hollywood Classics: Marriage and Family in New York City’s Ethnic Groups

This paper examines two ethnic New Hollywood directors Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese and their films “Deconstructing Harry” (1997), “Goodfellas” (1990), and “Raging Bull” (1983). These films portray New York-based cultural families realistically, with characters that are inspired from the directors’ personal experiences. Specifically, Scorsese and Allen address marriage and family as flawed institutions in the lives of Jewish Americans and Catholic Italian Americans. Scorsese’s protagonists conform to this institution of marriage, though they are unhappy. Allen’s characters explore the failure of relationships and marriage and the unhappiness caused by divorce. Both directors prove that family and marriage are, more often than not, unsuitable for men and definitely not a priority for them.

Presenter: Kevin Kreutzer (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Film Studies
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)