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A Puerto-Rican ex-con, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of NYC.
Although Carlito's Way in a sense represents the falling motion to Scarface's rising action, it lacks the nervous, overstuffed agitation of Scarface, replacing it with a kind of wistful, elegaic burnout, a paean to uninvolement, to not-doing, or doing other-than. Carlito's Way is more of a piece with The Untouchables, both sweeping historical epics which have the time and space to collect themselves, develop characters, build whole worlds in which to enact tensely clever set-pieces, some of the best of De Palma's career. Carlito's Way and The Untouchables also share a grand, constructed artificiality. They know they are movies, hearkening back to an older-school vibe, when movies had to span the whole of what cinema could do, to offer suspense…
ESCAPE TO PARADISE
Carlito Brigante, the first drug lord, goes to prison through a legal technique engendered by his lawyer, and vows to lead a dignified life. By accepting the job of manager of a nightclub, he finds his old girlfriend and the promise of a change for the better, they reattach the novel. But his dream is interrupted by his former associates of crime and even new villains who commit homicide only to be recognized and feared by all. However, his biggest enemy is himself. Despite his good intentions, the misguided loyalty Carlito and his old fashioned code of honor will involve him in a violent world of life and death against the relentless forces that keep him from leaving.
Film #31 of Project 90
”Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.”
An excellent crime/gangster/noir movie from Brian De Palma who teams up with Al Pacino to create a classic hero who will remind you of the lonely and desperate men of film noirs who are trying to find redemption and happiness in a treacherous world of lies and betrayals where you can buy salvation only with blood. Carlito’s Way is without a doubt one of De Palma’s best films, here he narrates an engaging story of love, regret and misfortune without getting carried away or sentimental which makes the overall story more engaging and it becomes easy for us to have sympathy for the central character.
I thought the shootout on the escalator was an amazing bit of action cinema, and the film managed to avoid veering into any offensive territory. It felt like a very strong film for De Palma. It worked to this strengths, which is pretty much epitomized by the disco soundtrack. It's flashy, energetic, and doomed.
One of my main issues with gangster films is the machismo most of them are pervaded with. Even when the film is decidedly illustrating the down sides to a life of crime, the lead character(s) tend to come across as glorified or mythological*, captured by Truffaut's war film paradox as much as any war film's hero would be. The most significant offender here is De Palma's…
michael mann's Scarface
Al Pacino and I both have central heterochromia so that's cool.
Kinda restrained for a Brian De Palma flick, very character focused which was nice but then holy shit, the second half is fucking wild. A series of amazing suspense sequences.
You know...I was even surfing on my phone in and out of this, but when the pink neon credits started up...I missed Charlie. I feel like I'm visiting and old friend and place watching this, even though it's my first viewing. Fuck the You Are So Beautiful song though are you kidding me?
„Favor gonna kill you faster than a bullet.”
De Palma and Pacino once again.
The story takes place in Spanish Harlem and we sneak with them together through the cold, filthy and glamourous artificiality of the urban.
Carlito's Way is a bitter gangster tale,
highly Intense and impressive
till the very end.
Like Michael Corleone would say,
„Just when I thought I was out...
they pull me back in.”
Mostly great, but some of these soundtrack choices; woof.
I'm all about that 80s Miami nightclub aesthetic now, thank you Mann and De Palma. Pretty much just a sequel/remake to Scarface where Al Pacino is much nicer, but it's overall more polished and entertaining. Didn't expect Sean Penn to pull off Jewish lawyer, but he did.
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Film #26/Task #30: "Any movie ever sampled in a Wu-Tang Clan song"
This is like the mirror version of Scarface, where the trappings and gross excess of gangster lifestyles/gangster movies themselves are made to appear as hollow and destructive as they are. Carlito wants to reform himself and break the cycle but can't find his way out, and soon his past come back to bite him in the worst way. IMO this also feels like one of the last major violent, melodramatic crime movies that people like De Palma made popular, and if it is, it goes out with a bang. There's this energy that's palpable throughout this whole film - don't know if it's the music,…
De Palma's most melancholic and classical film, in a way it could've been a 50s technicolor movie made in the early days of cinemascope (and devoid of any irony). Last 20 minutes are pure masterclass, incredible.
Think I feel comfortable with this again? The best. Chronological. Constantly in flux.