Monday, May 27, 2013

Endangered Species: A 20th Anniversary Retrospective of ‘Menace II Society’ (Part 9)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of ‘Menace II Society,’ I proudly present this multipart retrospective.  The current chapter is posted below.  To read the previous chapter, please click here.  Thank you, and enjoy! 

Part IX: Gangster Lineage

Menace II Society could easily have been nothing more than a crude example of Cinéma vérité.  Thankfully, Tyger Williams and the Hughes brothers had learned well during their formative years as movie buffs.  In channeling those influences, they applied their respective talents.  Albert clearly absorbed the bravura camera maneuvers of Michael Ballhaus, Director of Photography on Goodfellas.  He’d also inherited Brian De Palma’s sense of visual grandeur.  The aforementioned are all spiritual godfathers to the Hughes brothers.  Those roots run much deeper than many realize.