Visual And Aural Aesthetics In The Film 'Goodfellas'

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There is a relationship between the visual and aural aesthetics in Goodfellas and the constant simmering presence of violence as an extension of masculinity. Far more than previous dealings with violence, crime and masculinity, in films like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, Goodfellas is a visually pleasing film. Full of bright colours and smooth camera work; even the violent scenes are not nearly as potent as the shoot-out in the finale of Taxi Driver. In Goodfellas the camera, which prowls smoothly on cranes and dollies is accompanied by an up-tempo soundtrack with lighting that highlights the characters’ brash material possessions.
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