The Gangster Genre as a Creation of the Necessity to Promote Civic Responsibility and Social Contentment With Ones Society

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The Gangster Genre as a Creation of the Necessity to Promote Civic Responsibility and Social Contentment With Ones Society

The Gangster genre is a creation of the 20th century as it originally took many of its plots and characters directly from the activities of those involved in the highly influential gang culture which developed in America during the 1920’s. As such, by the subject matter they cover, Gangster films are restricted to portraying the negative aspects of society, as shown by the culture of criminality they project and the lax morals of the film’s protagonists. Looking at the title question it becomes apparent that there are a few areas which must first be examined before a full and
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Although it is in a government’s best interest to promote these ideas of civic responsibility, the government of a country are not usually the producers of the films, as such it could be said that they have no direct control over what messages are being relayed through the films, however films must still adhere to the laws of a country and as such are still under the control of the legislative branch of the government. These laws can cover such areas as decency, the portrayal of violence and (as was the case in America during the MacCarthyite communist purges of the 1950’s) which ideological beliefs are allowed to be promoted within the films. Censorship boards provide another means of control. Although these are usually independent bodies, during times of crisis governmental pressure can be applied, or in extreme cases the government can take control of censorship boards, in order to tighten the censorship guidelines. This again shows that the government of a country has powers to censor material which may not promote civic responsibility. However these controls are usually only applied in times of crisis, such as the Second World War, and as such are not always in place. In this case Censorship boards must hold most of the power over the

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