Monday, January 12, 2015

Pay or Die!

Yes! I bought this movie from Turner Classic Movies because I wanted to know about Giuseppe Petrosino and the Little Italy of the early twentieth century.  Fascinating!

A secretive cadre of crime The Black Hand has tightened its grip on New York Citys Little Italy of the early 1900s. Merchants are threatened, some horribly beaten. Citizens cower in fear rather than testify about crimes they've witnessed. And everyone dreads the extortion notes that say Pay or Die. ...

Fascinating Portrayal and Drama
By The Street Teacher from New York, NY on 1/12/2015

4out of 5
Pros: Entertaining, Original, Informative, Engaging Characters
Cons: Poor Plot Development
Best Uses: At Home, Adult Viewers
Describe Yourself: Movie Buff
This movie was made after Borgnine won the Oscar for his portrayal in "Marty" in 1955, but the movie seemed almost amateurish - as if it were a student's first production.

But it was a refreshing experience nonetheless. The scenes in Little Italy felt honestly inspired, and while sometimes a little stiff and staged, it wasn't hard to imagine them actually happening. I felt this would provide a good background for the understanding of the Italian Immigrant experience for someone completely unfamiliar with this history.