Knives? Chains? Potatoes?

What on earth is Gangs of New York about? I don't understand a thing of the plot from the French-dubbed previews. From what I can tell, it recounts the famous Battle Of The People In Comical Hats. As Daniel Day-Lewis' side is wearing top hats and Leonardo diCaprio seems to be wearing something resembling an ancestor of the modern baseball cap, I have to assume that the battle was really over which was to be the Hat Of The Future and Leo is the triumphant one in the end.

I think that the movie and the divisions between the gangs might be slightly easier to understand in VO because I bet they've all got comical ethnic accents as befits the time period. I think Leonardo is supposed to be an Irishman with the very Irish name of Amsterdam, but I don't know if it's the battle of old vs. new immigrants or between two groups of new ones. Or possibly it really is all about the hats.

Care to enlighten me?

srah - Sunday, 1 December 2002 - 4:54 AM

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