Last night, “Boardwalk Empire” made its much-anticipated debut on HBO. Taking us back to the 1920s, when prohibition just began, blackface was in vogue, and domestic violence was an acceptable, dirty secret, “Boardwalk Empire” followed Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson, a man who on one hand appears to have a kind heart, and on the other has no problems getting his hands dirty and lining his pockets with tainted money.
While “Boardwalk Empire” airs on HBO, the cable home that brought us “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood,” and “The Wire,” was the Martin Scorsese pilot too violent? There’s no question that the violence itself was limited during the one-hour plus premiere, but when it hit the screen, brain bits filled the TV and blood oozed from the camera lens.
This is, after all, Martin Scorsese we’re talking about, so violence and storytelling go hand in hand. Still, were the constant gun shots to the head just a little too much? Did we need to consistently see a man’s head explode as a result of a shotgun fired at point blank range?
If you’ve seen “The Departed,” let alone other classic Martin Scorsese films, you know a hole in the head is practically the man’s signature in gangster films. Some directors, like Spike Lee, are famous for incorporating the dolly shot. Scorsese goes for the kill shot.
Scorsese is one of the best directors to ever shoot a frame of film, but as seen in everything from Alfred Hitchcock’s”Psycho” to Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” sometimes less is more.
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