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Martin Scorsese Crime Films That Are Filled With Blatant Homoeroticism

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Homoerotic gangster movies provide one of the great, epic, forbidden romantic motifs in cinema. This marriage of homosexuality and machismo, which goes hand-in-hand as nicely as homosexuality and Catholicism, usually remains unacknowledged by genre fans, perhaps because said subtleties are customarily cloaked in a maelstrom (pun intended) of supercharged patriarchal excess. Who knows, maybe these characters are just bi-curious gangsters. Who hasn't had the occasional tingle of wondering what life is like on the other side? 

It's safe to say that nobody does crime and gangster pictures like Martin Scorsese. Films like Raging Bull and Taxi Driver are synonymous with tortured heterosexual masculinity, but there's something else there, too: a homoerotic subtext that's veritably ablaze with energy. Sometimes this element is overt, as in The Departed, but if you really care to look, such moments abound. 

So, whether your poison is Catholic guilt manifesting through male sexuality or the kind of poetically subtle (and strangulated) chemistry that never gets off the ground, read on for your naughty little primer on homoeroticism in Scorsese movies. 

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