The Rise And Fall Of The Kray Twins

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LEGEND –The rise and fall of the Kray twins
In Brian Helgeland's movie Legend with Tom Hardy in both main roles, you cannot only expect violence, fist-fights, shootings and hot cars but also a tragically lovely romance between a mafia boss from East London and his spouse.
Legend is a typical crime thriller portraying the life of the Kray twins, with all its difficulties. However, Helgeland does not just explore the hard underground of London in the 1960s, he also picks up on homosexual topics. All in all, the director shoot a typical crime thriller, sometimes even in kind of an absurd and humoristic way, not to mention the cute typical British mother of the hard men, serving them cake and tea.

Figure 1 (Reginald
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The twin brothers owned a nightclub and were associated with celebrities like Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland. By the 1960s they became famous due to photographs by a fashion and portrait photographer and with interviews which could be seen on television. In 1968 they both were arrested and later sentenced to life imprisonment after they murdered George Cornwell from a rival gang and Jack 'The Hat' McVitie (Wikipedia Kray Twins, 2017).
Legend was Helgeland’s, which is famous for pictures like L.A. Confidential or
Mystic River, fifth feature film with Tom Hardy starring as the Kray twins and Emily Brwoning, David Thewlis and Chazz Palminteri playing other main characters. (Legend (2015 film),
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On one hand you have the sharp suits and hot cars and classy pubs and on the other hand you have crumbling buildings where crooks are tortured.
Helgeland tries to understand the bonds that unite the two brothers. Two inseparable, bound by blood and who love each other as much as they hate each other. Because in the face of Ronald's madness (with paranoid schizophrenia) and his excessive violence that will slowly destroy their empire, Reggie will be unable to keep control until everything collapses like a house of cards.
Although it offers notable subtleties and a fascinating approach to the fraternal relationship, the film unfortunately lacks content over time. Sources:
Fig. 1: Reginald and Ronald Kray. (2017). [image] Available at: [Accessed 7 Nov.
Fig. 2: Tom Hardy as Reggie (left) and Ron. (2017). [image] Available at: [Accessed 8 Nov. 2017].
Fig. 3: LEGEND. (2015). [film] Directed by B. Helgeland. France, United Kingdom: Universal
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