I am participating in the Get Rec’d: A Movie/TV/Book List Challenge and this is the eighteenth week’s entry. I have decided to be bold and list a response for all three categories; a movie, a television show, and a book.
Week 18: Based On A True Story
Movie: Goodfellas (1990)
From IMDB: The story of Henry Hill and his life through the teen years into the years of mafia, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his Mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
Goodfellas portrays gangster life from the perspective of a real-life mobster who turned FBI informant, Henry Hill. Director Martin Scorsese took the script to a new level with his filmmaking choices, soundtrack, and iconic cast. Every time I watch the movie, I notice something new. While The Godfather shows the power and gravitas of the Italian mafia, Goodfellas shows how much fun they were all having until the Feds brought everyone down.
Television: Deadwood (2004-2006)
Deadwood both the era and the show itself is not for the faint of heart. The series took the structure of real life people and events and filled in the holes as to what might have happened. All of the actors brought their “A” game to this series and created memorable characters. The series is dark and full of terrors. I know a few people that couldn’t make it through some of the terrible things that happen in the series, but if properly prepared, Deadwood is completely worth watching.
Book: The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (2011) by Melanie Benjamin
From Goodreads: She was only two-foot eight-inches tall, but her legend reaches out to us more than a century later. As a child, Mercy Lavinia “Vinnie” Bump was encouraged to live a life hidden away from the public. Instead, she reached out to the immortal impresario P. T. Barnum, married the tiny superstar General Tom Thumb in the wedding of the century, and transformed into the world’s most unexpected celebrity.
Author Melanie Benjamin takes the historical timeline of events of the life of Mercy Lavinia Bump and imagines a first-person account. The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb gives us an insight into the era of P.T. Barnum‘s world from one of his featured attractions. At the end of the book, Benjamin fills in a bit of context that Bump herself wouldn’t have had including that her condition was due to an under-performing thyroid. In modern day, she would have lived a healthy life, but back then Bump was a sideshow attraction.
Coming Up Next
Next week will be “Always Makes Me Laugh”
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