chapter  8
The epic Five Points battle at the beginning of Gangs of New York (2002)
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Chronicling the mid-nineteenth century rise of New York City, the film is a study of how rival tribes battled for control of the city’s Five Points section. These squabbling, lawless gangs are the precursor to the mobsters that populate Scorsese’s indelible early movies. “In a sense, this film represents a foundation upon which my other movies are based,” he has said. “It creates a world in which the worlds I depicted in Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Raging Bull, and, to a certain extent, Taxi Driver, emerge from.”