"We never knew how many New Yorkers died that week before the city was finally delivered. My father told me we was all born of blood and tribulation, and so then too was our great city. But for those of us what lived and died in them furious days, it was like everything we knew was mightily swept away. And no matter what they did to build this city up again… for the rest of time… it would be like no one ever knew we was even here."
— Gangs of New York (2002), screenplay by Jay Cocks and Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan, story by Jay Cocks
The Daily Dialogue theme this week: Cemetery, suggested by Angry Cyborg.
Trivia: The film is based partly on Herbert Asbury's book of the same name. The book's depiction of the draft riot, which remains the biggest in US history, is more in line with historical fact, and portrays the gangs as pro-slavery, racists, and lynchers.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Sometimes voice-over narration is the perfect way to end a movie (think Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty). Here, too, with The Gangs of New York.