Filmfest 2008

"The enormous allure of "Bugsy" - both the character and Barry Levinson's delicious film - comes from that star-struck feel for Hollywood glamour. This killer can be a hero because the movie is about celebrity, not gangsterhood, about romance, not power; it is less about the real Bugsy than his legend. Everything about "Bugsy" embraces the stylized movie scene of the 30's and 40's, from the well-publicized love affair between Warren Beatty and his co-star, Annette Bening, to the film's tough-guy dialogue, its blatantly fake sets of nightclubs and train stations, and its absurdly compressed time scheme. Harking back to the best old Hollywood entertainments, the film shrewdly taps into the dreamy romance of the movies." Caryn James, N.Y. Times, 1991

tags: Feature film

Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould


Director: Barry Levinson