The Gangster Film and the American Dream

The gangsters portrayed in the films since the 60’s have been more explicitly presented as heroes than the gangsters in the classics of the genre produced during the 30’s. Typically, the gangsters of today’s movies meet their deaths in highly stylized, very entertaining bloodbaths, but before getting their comeuppance they are consistently shown to be rich, sexy and cool. What is perhaps less known about the earliest gangsters in cinematic history is that many of them actually began life on paper as much more attractive individuals themselves.

The Media and Influence on Body Image

Most of these commercials tell their audience that they will gain self-confidence by losing weight. Not only that, but they will get a better looking mate and even land a better paying job and all because they got physically fit. The message that attractiveness means so much more than fitting into a smaller pair of jeans has gotten to the point where people whom not even Hollywood advertising execs would dare deem overweight are actually obsessing about weight loss.