Starting tomorrow evening, at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, I'll be hosting a six-week series of screenings called "Original Gangsters" with which I attempt to encapsulate the history of the gangster film with a mere six films. A futile effort but hopefully an entertaining and not unilluminating one. The first on the docket is The Beast of the City, a template of sorts and NOT a Vitaphone production, interestingly enough. The films are displayed via DVD, because that's how it's done in this venue. I'll introduce and lead a discussion afterwards. Check it out if you're around; more info is here.