One of the reasons I like Boardwalk Empire
is the period setting. Slightly off topic, but recently I finished rereading Bill Bayer's book The Saint,
the history of the character in print, film, television and other mediums. The best Saint books were usually set in the 1930s and whenever I watch Boardwalk
I really wish someone would make a film or series putting Simon Templar back in the era from which he sprang (just like seeing a Bond set back in the '50s or '60s could be a gas).
really lays lie to the notion that "the good ol' days" were so much better than today. There was just as much shit and nastiness going on then as today. And although at the time it was just commonplace and nothing special to the people who lived it back then the period now gives off a sense of romanticism because it is so far removed from our immediate and familiar experience.