‘Jersey Boys’ Rocking Broadway

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Clint Eastwood’s Broadway musical Jersey Boys is a huge success. We’re used to Clint making westerns, crime movies and dramas, but not something like this.

Eastwood’s film version is a classy thing that goes beyond nostalgia. One of its pleasures is its recreation of post-war America. It is shot in classic widescreen. The early scenes are in desaturated colors, which give the sense that we really are back in the 1950s.
It has everything. There are quiffs, cars with fins, and scenes in bowling alleys, but the movie never lapses into Grease-like caricature.

In early 50s New Jersey, youngsters had three chances of escaping. They could either join the army or get “mobbed up”, or “become famous.”

However, there are obvious similarities between Jersey Boys and Goodfellas. Both are about young folks from Italian-American communities. One of Martin Scorsese’s favorite actors, Joe Pesci, grew up alongside the future members of the Four Seasons.

He is the one who introduces songwriter Bob Gaudio to the other members of the gang. Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza), the hustler who pulls them together, struts around like a character in a gangster movie.
Everyone in the community looks up to Gyp DeCarlo (played by Christopher Walken), a mobster boss who wears silk dressing gowns, perfectly made suits and has a strong sentimental streak.

 

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