Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oral Presentation Part 2- Historical and Socio-Cultural

 The Departed

II. Historical and Institutional Factors

Institutional factors that may be important to the film are the producers, Brad Pitt and Brad Grey (also a producer is Graham King). Their film production company is Plan B Entertainment which currently holds a release deal with Paramount Pictures, along with Warner Bros. (which distributed "The Departed") and 20th Century Fox. This was essential to the film "The Departed" since it won an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 79th Academy Awards. It also won Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film's historical significance has a lot to do with actual people. An Irish-American mobster who was an FBI informant named James Bulger; John Connolly, an FBI agent who typed off Bulger; and an undercover state trooper who joins Bulger's mob. Characters in the movie are based on these actual people. Since "The Departed" is a remake of "Infernal Affairs", its significance of history of film is connected to this movie which is a 2002 Hong Kong film.

III. Socio- Cultural Context

The film is a representation of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. It relates to Irish Americans, specifically Irish American mobsters also representing the Boston metropolitan area which focuses on Irish mobs and the state police. The specific audience could include Irish Americans who connect to the culture and history of Boston since it was heavily incorporated into the film. The reason it was made like this was because the writer, William Monahan was born into an Irish American family in Boston which in the movie includes riots of the 1970s.
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