Monthly Archives: February 2012


As bizarre genre blends go, you could scarcely find one more bizarre on the surface than Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy (1990). An adaptation of the 1950’s comic strip, it’s an over-the-top crime melodrama about a yellow trench-coated detective with fedora to match who takes down the criminal element in the City nearly single-handedly. An amalgamation of tropes from film noir and gangster movies, with just a sprinkling of backstage musical elements thrown in for good measure – indeed, the film appears to include everything plus the kitchen sink – the film is one big, bold stylistic flourish from the get-go, a baroque gangster film in a year wrought with contemporarily iconic gangster films of all kinds (from the Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing to Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III and Scorsese’s GoodFellas). Continue reading

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