Thursday, October 14, 2004

Cops and Crooks

Last night, between the debate, the Cards game and my current Freaks and Geeks obsession, I somehow found time to watch the aforementioned Goodfellas commentary track featuring Henry Hill and one of the FBI agents who worked with him after he flipped. If you've watched the film half as many times as I have, you'll find the commentary indispensable. It adds layers to the story that neither the film nor the book has. It also lets you hear Hill, a truly charming man who's lived a, um, full life.
One of the most interesting things about the back and forth between Hill and the agent (whose name escapes me right now) is their easy camaraderie. I know it's a cliche to observe how much cops and crooks really have in common, but the non-judgmental way in which they discuss their cat and mouse game really illustrates this truism. The agent uses the word "despicable" once to describe Hill's former existence. But for most of the film, he seems just as taken by the mob life as Hill does.
Buy the DVD. Listen to the track.

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