Official Baja SAE Forums Homepage
Forum Home Forum Home > General > Lounge
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Perhaps the true lesson here is that the Las Vegan
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Perhaps the true lesson here is that the Las Vegan

 Post Reply Post Reply
motorbeari View Drop Down
Double Secret Probation
Double Secret Probation

Joined: Nov/16/2017
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote motorbeari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Perhaps the true lesson here is that the Las Vegan
    Posted: Nov/16/2017 at 2:32am
 The natives may be offended that their city has been treated as a canvas for caricatures, but their conflicting takes on what really exists there indicates that finding the authentic Vegas is a harder job than they think."Las Vegas has long been a carpetbagger's dream," say the editors, "a place where self-proclaimed hip intellectuals and grandstanding writers can project their own neuroses, their fears and needs."If Las Vegas does indeed have a "soul," it's a conflicted and troubled one, as this book unwittingly demonstrates. Las Vegans are quite practiced at giving people what they want without divulging the soul of their place. 
Pileggi and Scorsese were more - Slide bearing interested in the interior logic of their movie than in historical accuracy, and it's fruitless to chastise them for something they never intended. "To these writers, Las Vegas is little more than a canvas on which to paint their fantasies.(E-mail Joe Bob Briggs, "The Vegas Guy," at JoeBob@upi."The only problem with Rothman's thesis is its premise.At any rate, Rothman compiles an excellent summary of previously published information about the early financing of mob casinos, the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund, the influence of Howard Hughes, and the Corporate Gaming Act of 1967 that led to the modern publicly-financed casino city. Perhaps the true lesson here is that the Las Vegan has trouble understanding himself.Pileggi could have written that story if he'd wanted to -- he certainly has the credentials to do it -- but he obviously chose to produce a work of fiction, with Rosenthal as no more than a jumping-off place for a character that morphed into Sam "Ace" Rothstein, played by Robert DeNiro. . 
But at the end of the day, the book fails to live up to its initial thesis.Thompson, the aforementioned history prof, contributes a trenchant analysis of Nevada's foreign gaming rule, which prevented the city's gambling interests from expanding out of state until well into the 90s, and, in the essay that seems to have been the inspiration for the book, co-editor Rothman explains the historic reasons for the decline of the mob while debunking the historical accuracy of the Martin Scorsese movie " no one has ever before stopped to ask the people of Las Vegas what they think of their place.. He assumes that Nicholas Pileggi, the investigative journalist and long-time authority on the Mafia who wrote Scorsese's screenplay, had intended the movie to be a roman a clef based on the life of Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, - Journal bearing former head of the Stardust Casino
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

This page was generated in 0.031 seconds.