Gangs of New York (2002) short review


This movie just SO didn’t work for me. Overall, I didn’t get the Big Point Scorcese was trying to make, Daniel Day Lewis was too over-the-top for me, and the costuming (while interesting) was very much theatrical. The only bit I really liked was when Cameron Diaz’s lower class character dresses up respectably in order to rob upper class homes, as she actually wears a pretty accurate outfit. Otherwise it’s long, there’s a lot of meat cleavers in people’s heads, etc. etc.


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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. Heather

    …and having researched early gangs in NYC, they were very theatrical in their costumes. Very over the top, so it worked for me.


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