My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
He's got a good future if he can live past next week.
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.
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.
Beautifully shot and extremely well acted, Carlito's Way is not only a great crime movie but is also a tragic story of redemption, as one man tries to escape the ghost's of his past and start again.
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…
Damn, I forgot how much I loved this film. The first time I saw this years ago, I fell in love with it instantly and saw it many countless times afterwards. I haven't seen it in so long, I forgot I loved it so much and I was reminded just how much this still manages to blow my mind.
First, I gotta talk about the acting, but this mght take a while...
Al Pacino is fucking incredible. Every emotion he expresses and every movement he makes nails it over the head. Even the narration is amazing. Like his narration, this performance helps you believe that Carlito Brigante is this tired, broken down gangster who wants to find peace in not…
Ten years after the perfect combination between Brian De Palma and Al Pacino in Scarface, the duo returned to another crime story, Carlito's Way. While Scarface was a tale about the ascencion of a crime lord, Carlito's Way tells an atempt of life change by one big gangster, Carlito Brigante.
It's needless to say that Al Pacino is one of the greatest actors ever lived, and his role in this movie is for sure one to be among the very best of his career. Actually, the whole cast is remarkable, a fantastic interpretation of a unrecognizable Sean Penn, a terrific and sexy Penelope Ann Miller and lots of great actors in small roles, like Viggo Mortensen in one of his…
First viewing in 15 or so years, and I think I resisted the notion that this was DePalma's masterpiece because it's a bit more normal than his other films - I've always been a BLOW OUT man. But this is undeniable, faultless. (Only quibble is that I'm troubled by the casting of Pacino as Puerto Rican on principle - but that's a principle that wipes out SHITLOADS of other movies, from TOUCH OF EVIL on down.)
Despite the audience's puerile reception, which included a man two seats next to me grunting at nearly every scene, I still thoroughly enjoyed seeing this masterpiece, one of the 10 best films ever made, in a beautiful 35mm print @ the IFC Center*.
The post-Q&A with the great editor Bill Pankow was slightly undermined by moderator Stephanie Zacharek's praise for Furious 7, which she claimed to have just seen and "admired." To be fair, I've known she was a complete fucking hack ever since her review of The New World.
*A quick note on the IFC Center...they may be the best theater in NYC, but FUCK them for their part in releasing an unauthorized edit of Welcome to New York, which in its unedited form is a towering work of art.
Sean Penn Hair
Would make for a fantastically melancholy double feature with 25th Hour.
Pacino's accent sucks (sometimes he sounds like a New Orleans jazz musician at a poetry slam), but he's a surprisingly soulful and (for him) grounded center. Sean Penn is *amazing* and is so much better in this than he is in most of his other scenery chewing performances ("THAT'S MY DAUUGHTA IN THERE" etc etc).
The subway chase! The erotic chained-door conversation! John Leguizamo falling down a flight of stairs! Sean Penn's cocaine-fueled Long Island house party! Every scene is a classic.
Just learned on wikipedia that they made a sequel to this and Sean "Puffy" Combs is in it.
"Hey remember me, Benny Blanco from the Bronx?"
Some great sequences shot by De Palma, with great supporting character thanks to Penn's performance, Pacino's role isn't as well acted as scarface, but it's still a good character.
Endlich diesen Film gesehen, der seit GTA Vice City auf meiner Watchlist steht. Also seit etwa 12 Jahren...
Great mafia movie
As far as I'm concerned, this was Brian De Palma cranking out another classic mob tale. The director is in top form with a story set in the 70s with a fine performance from Al Pacino trying to go straight after being released from prison, and with a memorable turn from Sean Penn as a lawyer getting in over his head. Penelope Ann Miller, Luis Guzman and John Leguizamo round out the supporting cast in a film with several good moments of action. De Palma is a master of building tension and does so several times here to great effect.
HE'S GOT A GOOD FUTURE IF HE CAN LIVE PAST NEXT WEEK.
Carlito Brigante é daqueles mafiosos que qualquer homem gostaria de ser, ter poder, dinheiro e mulheres.
Mas que no fim da sua vida se tenta redimir e ter uma vida honesta com o amor da sua vida!
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