Crime as business
The image of the gangster in early Hollywood cinema is subject to an evolution that reflects the perception of business in American society. During the tens and the twenties, the gangster is described more as a bandit than as a racketeer, whose crimes are limited to the neighborhood where he was born and raised. After the Wall Street crash, the Hollywood gangster is described as a businessman in order to underline his proximity to capitalist entrepreneurs. His wealth and his luxurious lifestyle are the main reason of his downfall, since he neglects criminal business and loses control of the racket.
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