"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Birthdays Today

A gangster-themed Birthdays Today.   Today is the birthday of Lee Strasberg, the famous acting coach, born in 1901.   His most memorable actual role came late in his life as Hyman Roth, the Meyer Lansky-like Jewish Mafia overlord in maybe the greatest American movie ever made, The Godfather, Part II:

Also born today, in 1942, was Martin Scorsese, the great director of Goodfellas and Casino.   Here's Joe Pesci and Robert DeNiro in Casino (language may be not safe for work):

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