Grieving a Gangster. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

Grieving a Gangster. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)


  • Ádám Szabò University of Debrecen


My review analyses how masculinity is destroyed in Mike Hodges' 2003 crime drama, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. The film which is strikingly similar to the director's first outing (Get Carter) is clearly different from mainstream gangster features. I would like to prove how the film depicts the so-called schizophrenic body or soul concept in contemporary crime movies and how does it differ from the gangster-image of the old days during which the spectator could watch independent, strong criminals (Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, Scarface or even The Godfather Part I.) who could control their fate.

Biografia autore

Ádám Szabò, University of Debrecen

He graduated from University of Debrecen in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. In 2011, he received my Master's degree in Film Studies from Lorà¡nd Eà¶tvà¶s University in Budapest. He is a PhD student in Philosophy at University of Debrecen, researching the connections between Nietzsche's theories and the American graphic novels. He regularly writes film reviews, essays for various Hungarian papers or Internet journals, including Filmvilà¡g (beginning in December 2010) and Revizor Online (since January 2012). His most important publications are a study, published in the summer of 2011 by Hungarian website Apertàºra on the soundscapes in Nicolas Winding Refn's works, and a February 2014 essay in Filmvilà¡g about the representation of masculinity in contemporary European crime dramas (I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Pusher 2-3, Savage, Bullhead). àdà¡m Szabò attended to Hungarian film conferences like Autumn Wind Conference in March 2014, a conference dedicated to the achievements of Hungarian theorist JenÅ‘ Kirà¡ly in December 2013 and such international film festivals as Titanic (held in every April) in Budapest and Jameson CineFest in Miskolc (held in every September).






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