‘Love and Theft’ – American Hustle (2013)

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ImageDavid Russell lent heavily from Martin Scorsese’s best crime dramas to make American Hustle. The narratives, music and editing are an almost direct homage to Scorsese’s 90’s work particularly Casino. Even De Niro makes a key entrance wearing the same ginormous glasses he did in Casino. Borrowing and injecting material from popular culture is not new to David Russell’s work. In Silver LiningsPlaybook his script is soaked with banter about popular books, classic literature, blatant marketing of iPods and musings about ‘cool’ music.  Silver appeared almost in part a satire or social commentary about materialism and consumer obsession.

American Hustle like Silver demonstrates Russell’s passion for heightening the senses regarding materialism and social trends. Its perverse saturation of 1970’s references to reinforce the era it is set borders on the satirical. We are barraged with the cliched 1970’s music, John Travolta’s dancing, the uncanny focus on…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “‘Love and Theft’ – American Hustle (2013)
  1. badfinger20 says:

    I really liked this movie. They got the seventies down…not just music but the feel was really good. It’s been a while since I saw it but now I want to watch it again.

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