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The movie Casino is a 1995 American crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese. This film shows the power, authority and money the mobsters in Las Vegas had. Sam “Ace” Rothstein is seen as a powerful boss man, with authority and urgency. He establishes his presence in his casino from the beginning, entering on a red carpet while a valet parked his car. The city of Las Vegas was used as a contrast to the empty desert around the thriving city. This bright, money making town is filled with exciting opportunities while the desert is compared to a graveyard. Las Vegas was a luxurious, late night city that catered to every need as long as you had money. Power and authority was a recurring theme during the film. The hierarchy of power was always stressed, there was always a boss and Ace was the biggest one at the casino. Ace had to answer to the mobsters that offered him the position. This was just a routine pay out he did every month, or they would send their own man to collect it. They had the power to influence politicians and accountants that would fake the books with their money. They were the driving authority behind every move in Las Vegas, especially at the Tangiers. The casino had many illegal operations. Scorsese takes the viewer behind the scene to understand how the Italian mobsters made money. A gentleman walks through an authorized access without being questioned. Infact the doorman was not paying attention to who entered the doors. Many employees were paid off to pretend they did not see anything. Such as when that gentleman fills the suitcase with money and leaves without paper trail. The operation is also seen at the Italian grocery store. Similar to the casino, it seems like a legitimate business with customers however in the back room there were serious illegal operations. Secret meetings were held often. Meetings between Ace and Nicky were held in secret locations or far away from any feds. The big bosses had secret back rooms to themselves, even the viewer does not know where they are. These bosses were shown to have power, authority and dictatorship. They had orders carried out exactly even if they were cities away. They were in complete power. Even though they did not contribute to the casino in anyway, they still demand their pay cut. Scorsese’s themes tied well to the character of Sam Rothstein. The chaos, secrecy, illegal operations and power themes complimented his character and his background as a mobster. There was a foreshadow at the opening scene of the movie, a shadow of a man falling through a bottomless pit with flames in the foreground. This would depict what would happen throughout the movie as it was destructive and negative behaviour from all the characters. Scorsese did a wonderful job on entertaining viewers by creating a well directed movie.

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