Tim Van Patten and Steve Buscemi

On the set of ‘Boardwalk Empire’

For the longest time I have been equating the work being done by HBO to the stuff that was being done during the last great epoch of American cinema--the seventies. In the seventies maverick filmmakers like Coppola, Schrader, Friedkin, Altman and Scorcese flourished with a kind of hard edged, reality-based storytelling that was still being served up to audiences in an interesting and entertaining way that made a number of their works classics and made their careers legendary.