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The Racket

1928

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  • The Racket offers a more classical silent-film look: sets that hardly try to mask that they’re stiff studio backdrops, mostly stationary camera set-ups pointed directly at actors all lined up in a row. That said, there are some beautiful images, especially the first shot of a window opening onto an evocatively detailed city street, and Milestone was undeniably a master at eliciting emotional performances in close-up.

  • Gangster films are among the most pleasurable to watch—who among us hasn’t fantasized about running their own criminal enterprise?—and The Racket does not disappoint. For fans of pug-nosed strongmen, nihilistic good-time gals, and back door deals, Milestone’s addition to the adolescent genre goes down like a jolt of bathtub gin.