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The Public Eye Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joe Pesci, Barbara Hershey, Richard Riehle

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In this film, Joe Pesci play a tabloid photographer named Leon Bernstein, branding the name the "Great Bernzini", leaving nothing censored. He gets no respect as a photographer as he is quite a sleazy man only in his work for the money rather than the art. In his car is a police scanner built in to inform news of crime, murder, anything similar that will lead to a feature story and picture on a newspaper. From there he to goes to the crime scene of a body before the police comes in and swarm the area. He has no beef with the mob or police and sits on the fence between the two groups. Until now.
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A lady named Kay Levitz a rich widow of her late mobster husband owns a fancy nightclub in Manhattan and confide in Bernstein to help her out, looking for a particular mobster that claims he was once a partner with her deceased husband. He is easily taken aback by her looks and waste no time letting her in his world of photography showing her all the gritty images of his work. Mainly he is after the man she is looking for- but he finds him already dead. Bernstein informs the police of the gangster's death but is hold as a suspect to a crime he has never done, plus the FBI wants a piece about the man's murder.

This cause him great trouble as not only the police is after him but the mob as well. Bernstein become involve in the middle of gangwar with two groups of mobsters and conspiracy of a black market scheme hold by the government.



The review of this Movie prepared by Alicia M.



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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   30% Murders of set profession?    -   criminals Kind of mystery?    -   police procedural

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing full frontal--women Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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