The Color of Money: A Structural and Thematic Review

4 April 2015
A discussion on how the American Cinema has succeeded in depicting the realities in the present-day America focusing on director Martin Scorsese’s slow burn style in ‘The Color of Money.’

The following paper argues that Scorsese’s ‘The Color of Money’ indeed excels in terms of the power and wording of the script and the acting. In addition, it asserts that the film succeeded in communicating the themes of ‘cynicism versus naivety,’ ‘greed,’ and ‘deceptive appearances’ clearly.
“The Color of Money was released in 1986 by Touchstone Studio (On Location, 2002). It was directed by Martin Scorsese with Michael Ballhaus as the cinematographer. The main cast featured Paul Newman, Tom Cruise and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio who played the three most significant characters around which the plot and the themes of the film are built. Lasting for an hour and fifty-eight minutes, The Color of Money is based on the novel written by Walter Tevis and is associated with The Hustler of 1961 to which it is believed to be a sequel (The Color of Money: Paul Newman, 2002). This film belongs to the genre of drama with a tinge of historic genre. The Color of Money is acclaimed to be a typical Scorsese’s film conducted in his slow burn seventies style on which his film Taxi Driver too is patterned. ”
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