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boardwalk empire

my new tv obsession is boardwalk empire, which is not surprising since mad men just ended (sad face) and i needed another period drama to fill the void. set in prohibition era atlantic city, the story revolves around nucky thompson – played by the ridiculously awesome and surprisingly… dare i say attractive steve buscemi – and the various gangsters, government agents and ordinary folk whose lives are influenced by the fortunes and misfortunes of bootlegging and other illegal activities

the characters are interesting, the acting is top notch, there’s plenty of nudity and sex (something i always felt mad men kind of lacked, he he) and it is also super violent (scorsese / gansters – what do you expect?) certainly the most impressive thing for me is the set design & the effort that went into recreating atlantic city in the twenties.

the set, which features a 300ft “period-perfect rendition” of Atlantic City in the early 1920s, took three months to build includes depictions of storefronts, cars and the boardwalk itself. after filming, digital effects were used to add details like skylines, billboards, piers and beaches, whose looks were based on vintage postcards.

the costumes are also to die for – look out for the scenes in the dress shop and all the outfits the ladies wear.

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    • oh gosh, i love it too!

      *spoilers*
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      i was so sad when pearl was attacked and eventually commited suicide – she’s SO beautiful. wanted to see more of her :(

  1. The absence of explicit sex scenes in Mad Men accomplishes two things. with the second being more important:
    1. It depicts the era using the accepted film censoring of those years. We were barely beyond having to show married couples in twin beds!
    2. It serves to trivialize the liaisons, underscoring the prevailing male attitude in 1960.

    If I have any disappointment with the show, it would be that no women have yet been shown to mind the sexual harassment. True it was accepted by both sexes as just what “men” do, but sometimes it had to be hard to tolerate.

    • I’m sure that the absence of nudity is very deliberate, my comment was pretty tongue in cheek. I just want to see Jon Hamm’s john ham… really.

      ;)

  2. Oh gosh, do I ever agree with you. It’s my new TV addiction as well! I’m so glad someone pointed out how perfect this show is! And yes, Steve Buscemi is absolutely incredible as Nucky Thompson. Yay for Boardwalk Empire! :)

  3. I don’t get HBO, so I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD! My friend’s home on Sylvan Terrace in Manhattan was used for some of the interior and exterior scenes.

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