The world of the casino is a compilation of the cosmopolitan; ordinary people, gangsters and spies, winners and losers, dealers and punters. Nobody is out of place. This may support the reason why the film industry retains a fascination with the ideals of the casino. It is the junction between riches, bankruptcy, and self-determinism. Any man can walk into its throngs and depart rich. It is symbolic of a dollar and a dream. Ultimately, the casino has the propensity to pry away both.
|Casino Royale (2006)|
Many popular casino movie feed into this notion. The American Dream and its ultimate downfall. The original Ocean's Eleven and its 2001 remake by Steven Soderbergh cast a lighter play on this theme. More brutal films such as Casino (1995) by Martin Scorsese which included some overtly violent scenes represent the darker side.
|Owning Mahowny (2003)|
It has some particularly memorable casino scenes especially those depicting their card counting techniques. Owning Mahowny (2003) is another gambling movie based on fact. It tells the true story of a bank manager who embezzled the bank’s money to bankroll his gambling activities at Atlantic City.
What has Hollywood and its portrayal of casinos given to us? A mixture of hope and despair, trial and tribulation. It is a game of winners and losers, much like the film industry itself.