In Hollywood, It's Still OK To Disparage Italian-Americans

Feb 28, 2014 1374

by Rosario A. Iaconis

Are "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "American Hustle" bad for American capitalism? As Sarah Palin might say, "You betcha!" By focusing on a cadre of Wall Street reprobates and venal politicians — in various stages of cocaine-fueled debauchery — directors Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell perpetuate Hollywood's antipathy to the marketplace.

Indeed, Central Casting's rogues gallery wouldn't be complete without CEOs, Christians or white-bread members of the Silent Majority. But Scorsese and Russell had to do some fancy cinematic footwork with Jordan Belfort and Irving Rosenfeld, the main characters of each film. Enter Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale.

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