Little Caesar (1931)

Little Caesar (1931) (3/10) supposedly launched the career of Edward G. Robinson. He’s not great although you can see the potential. The problem is the script, acting and directing are not very good. The sets, camera angles and editing make the film seem more like a play than a film. Also, some of the acting is really amateurish. The heavies seem unbelieveably whimpy in this and there is a lack of realism. For example, the way Rico muscles in on two different bosses. The first backs down easily and is not killed, but continues in the group. The other is too easily scared away by Rico. This is so different from another film of the 30s–The Public Enemy, which I’ll try to review later. It would not have made my 1001 list.

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